Are Makabayan lawmakers–some of whom had been not too long ago ousted from their plum posts within the House of Representatives (HOR)–instigating chaos and lawlessness?
Such is the query following their expression of assist for the collection of militant actions led by city poor group Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay), notably concerning the occupation of hundreds of idled and vacant homes in authorities relocation websites in Bulacan.
This “occupy” protest action began final March eight.
“The organized occupation of idled and vacant public housing units is a response to the continuing failure of government to provide decent mass housing for the poor and homeless. There is no one to blame but government itself for the housing crisis,” the leftist bloc mentioned in an announcement Monday, March 20.
“The occupants are poor casual settlers, renters, and sharers who’ve been uprooted from city poor communities within the National Capital Region, typically by violent demolitions.
With homes demolished, households of sharers and renters had been compelled by poverty to stay with resettlement beneficiaries in cramped 20 sq. meter homes,” the solons additional mentioned.
Of the seven Makabayan House politikos, Bayan Muna Party-list Rep. Carlos Zarate (Committee on Natural Resources), ACT-Teachers Party-list Rep. Antonio Tinio (Public Information), Gabriela Party-list Rep. Emmi de Jesus (Poverty Alleviation) had been faraway from their respective chairmanships final March 15 in consequence of their “no” vote to the death penalty restoration invoice.
As of now, the militant solons stay with the pro-administration Supermajority.
But does the occupy action reek of anarchy? Apparently the group disagrees.
“On the contrary, what we are witnessing is an organized action of homeless victims of violent demolitions and failed resettlement programs of government to boldly assert and claim their right to mass housing, decent shelter and a dignified standard of living,” they mentioned. #