File photo: President Rodrigo Duterte
President Rodrigo Duterte is letting members of the Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay) keep the housing units they forcibly occupied in Bulacan.
This is to avoid conflict between the militant group and the government.
The President also promised bigger and more comfortable housing units for military and police personnel who were supposed to avail of the housing projects in Bulacan.
The President targets to complete these in December 2017.
The President made the statement during the 120th Founding Anniversary of the Philippine Army on Tuesday.
“I will ask you soldier and policemen bitawan na ninyo yan ibigay na lang naitn sa kanila tutal mahirap sila but I promise you I’ll look for another land nearby or adjustment or maybe contiguous to the area there and gagawa ako ng mas maganda, may tubig na, at may electric na pagpasok ninyo,” he said.
(I will ask you soldiers and policemen to let go of the housing units because I am giving them to these people since they are poor. But I promise you, I’ll look for another land nearby or adjacent to the area there and I will build you better ones, with water and electric supply.)
President Duterte also asked Kadamay not to drive the soldiers and policemen away and let them guard the place and avoid any untoward incident.
“Yung mga Kadamay andyan wag nyo galawin mga sundalo at police kundi paalisin ko kayo lahat do not create trouble avoid chaos and we will try to solve what ails this country,” he said.
(To Kadamay members, do not touch the military and the police because if you do,I will really expel you. Do not create trouble, avoid chaos, and we will try to solve what ails this country.)
It was in March when the Kadamay members forcibly occupied more than 5,000 housing units of the NHA in Pandi and San Jose del Monte resettlement sites.
These units are intended for the uniformed personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection, Bureau of Jail Management Penology and other families living in the danger zones and waterways. – Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue
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