MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte has warned the urban group Kadamay of deadly consequences should its members repeat the illegal occupation of housing projects in other parts of the country.
In a speech Tuesday at Malacañang, the President lashed out at the group that illegally took over housing units meant for cops and soldiers in Bulacan and branded them as “almost anarchists” who have no regard for the law.
“Ito ngayon, mga Kadamay, itong mga Left, you are almost anarchists. ‘Yung para sa inyo wala nang batas, basta’t na lang inaagaw ninyo — as if walang gobyerno, walang nagko-control,” Duterte said during his speech at the turnover of financial assistance from the Go Negosyo Kapatid for Marwi to bereaved families of slain troopers in Marawi City.
Last March, Kadamay members took over some 5,000 housing units in Pandi, Bulacan to denounce the government’s alleged neglect of the country’s homeless.
The standoff was resolved after Duterte decided to just let the group occupy the houses to prevent the trouble from escalating.
“Ngayon itong mga Kadamay, alam ninyo ‘yan. Huwag ninyong ulitin ang ginawa ninyo. Nagwa-warning ako sa inyo. Kung ulitin ninyo ‘yan at pipilitin niyong papasok, ang order ko talaga, paalisin kayo sa pwersa. Either batutahin kayo o ‘pag lumaban kayo, ipababaril ko kayo,” Duterte said.
The President also warned that poverty is no excuse to sow anarchy and everyone should obey the law.
“Huwag kayong magpa-ano na kayo mahirap. Huwag ninyong gamitin ‘yang pagka-pobre ninyo to create chaos. Huwag ninyong gawain ‘yan simula ngayon kasi ako galit rin sa inyo,” he said.
“Kaya hindi ako magdadalawang-isip ‘pag nandiyan kayo, nagwawala kayo, nagnanakaw, mag-demonstrate, magsira, que se joda. Sabihin ko talaga, barilin mo para matuto tayong lahat magsunod ng batas,” Duterte said.
The President also made the same warning last Monday during his State of the Nation Address.
He revived the Kadamay occupation issue after terminating talks between the government and the National Democratic Front.
“Sumobra itong Left eh. Mag gawa ka ng bahay, nakawin. Ang sabi ko sa mga sundalo, do not force the issue, I will just build yours. Bigay mo na lang. And may project ngayon, gusto na naman nilang kuhanin,” he said.
“Do not commit that mistake. Here and I will tell you, including the Congress of the Republic of the Philippines: You do anarchy, I will order the soldiers and the police to shoot, even if I have to bury thousands of Filipinos,” the President said.
“Let us understand this, beginning today — either we have laws in this country, or we do not. We enforce the laws against the miners and the rich, but I will also enforce laws against anarchy, disturbance and create trouble,” Duterte said. PNA-northboundasia.com