By Genalyn Kabiling
President Duterte has given an ultimatum to urban poor group Kadamay to vacate the government housing units by Friday noon or risk facing fatal consequences.
Infuriated by the latest housing takeover attempt in Rizal, the President said he has authorized the police to use force if needed to drive out the Kadamay members from occupying government houses.
Duterte argued that he would not allow Kadamay to violate the law and hold him “hostage” by their demands.
“I will give you until noon tomorrow umalis kayo [to leave] and I will order the SAF to go in. Pag lumaban kayo at namatay kayo, problema ninyo yan [If you resist and you get killed, that’s your problem],” the President said during the oath-taking of newly elected Region 4A barangay captains in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
“Sabi ko sa pulis, kunin ninyo uli. Kung gusto ninyo ng ayaw, sabihin ko sa pulis bigyan mo ng away. Kung magkamatayan, huwag kayong mauna pero kung kailangan na pumatay kayo, para i-implement ang legal ng regulasyon gawain ninyo [I told the police to get them back. If you want a fight, I’ll tell the police to give you a fight. If there will be killing, don’t be the first but if you need to kill to implement legal regulations, do it],” he said.
Duterte, in his profanity-laced tirade against Kadamay, said he could not care less if any member gets killed during the dispersal operation. “Mamatayan? Lima, anim, pito. Wala akong pakialam [Five, six, seven killed? I don’t care],” he said.
Duterte recalled that he already allowed Kadamay members to take over housing units intended for policemen and soldiers in Bulacan since they were poor. But Duterte said he had hoped that the incident would not be repeated.
“Kayong mga Kadamay, umalis kayo dyan. Pag nagkaleche-leche ang buhay dyan, may mamatay, before the nation sabihin ko, well that’s my order. Mahirap yan na i-hostage mo ako, takutin mo ako,” he said.
Duterte was upset that Kadamay had the gall to ask him for houses when its members have burnt his effigy during protest rallies.
“Gago ka ba?” he said. “P*** i*** gawin ninyo pero huwag kayong humingi ng tulong sa akin,” he added.
Around 500 Kadamay members stormed a housing project built by the government for soldiers and policemen in Rodriguez, Rizal last Wednesday. The protesters claimed that the housing units have been idle for many years and should be given to the poor.
Local policemen reportedly secured the area from the Kadamay members who were forced to retreat from their housing takeover.