Demolition in Barangay Apas pushes through

RESIDENTS occupying Lot 937 in Sitio San Miguel, Apas, Cebu City were not able to stop this time the court-ordered demolition of almost 200 houses Thursday, November 3, 2022.

More than 300 police personnel escorted the demolition team, which was met with initial resistance from the residents who installed a human barricade to prevent the clearing crew from entering the area.

On October 13, Sheriff Edilberto Suarin was supposed to implement the demolition order but City Hall officials led by Mayor Michael Rama intervened, leading to its postponement.

On Thursday, November 3, the residents could only watch and do nothing as their houses were being pounded and destroyed by the demolition team.

According to Suarin, the residents were given more than enough time to leave the area since the writ of demolition was first released by the court in 2010.

Lawyer Collin Rosell, executive secretary of Rama, told reporters that the City Government can no longer intervene with the demolition since only a temporary restraining order from the court can suspend the activity.

“Ang role sa City Government is not really nga makisaw-saw ta pag ayo sa kaso kung dili kinahanglan lang tabangan nimo ang homeless and underprivileged nga maklaro og asa sila og pa-ingnan,” said Rosell.

(The role of the City Government is not really to get involved in the case, but only to assist the homeless and underprivileged in finding a place where they can stay.) (IRT)