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Sobra na! JV blasts Kadamay ‘anarchy’ for Rizal housing takeover attempt

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Senator JV Ejercito has slammed the attempt of the militant urban poor group Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay) to take over housing units intended for government troops.

“Sa harap ng mga problemang kinakaharap natin, hindi solusyon ang paglabag sa batas at pagyurak sa karapatan ng iba. Sobra na ito. Anarchy. Di na dapat palampasin dahil hindi ito nakakatulong sa sitwasyon at problema sa programa (sa) pabahay,” he said to reporters in a text message Thursday.

The chair of the Senate committee on urban planning, housing and resettlement found unacceptable the claims made by Kadamay members who trooped Wednesday to La Solidaridad-Avilon Zoo housing project in Rodriguez, Rizal for police and military personnel and tried to occupy some idle housing units on reason that they’re homeless and merely asserting their rights as qualified beneficiaries.

“Mahihirap din ang kanilang piniperwisyo na nakatira sa mga pabahay ngunit responsableng nagsisikap at nagbabayad sa NHA (National Housing Authority) o Pag-IBIG (Fund),” Ejercito said.

The incident, the senator said, signifies a breakdown in law and order while at the same time, is also a reflection of the government’s failure to provide decent housing for the poor.

“As chair of the Senate housing committee, I understand the magnitude of the housing problem; the fact that many of our kababayans still do not have a house they can call their own. But as we are in the process of addressing this problem—including the creation of a Department of Housing and Urban Development, which is envisioned to address problems such as this—I urge the Kadamay leaders to restrain their members because unlawful acts like this, instead of helping will only add confusion,” he said.

The NHA and the local police force need to ensure the security of housing projects given the fact that this is not the first time this has happened, Ejercito said.

“We need to ensure that everyone follow the rule of law,” the senator said.