By ALDWIN G. QUITASOL
On August of 2003, around 27 houses in Purok 14-B of Cypress, Irisan were demolished by the Baguio City demolition team escorted by the city police. The residents tried to negotiate with the head of the demolition team but the demolition pushed through. To defend their homes, the residents tried hurling stones at the demolition crew, but they were answered with gunshots from the police. Fortunately, there were no serious injuries from that incident.
Six years after I visited the area and interviewed some of the victims of the said demolition. This interview was made as a series of demolitions threatens and haunt these people of Baguio again.
Prima, 30. A housewife with two kids, “Malagip ko daydiay a demolisyon, uray kasano ti pakaasimi ket awan latta. Intuloy da a rinakrak ‘diay balay mi a sisasango dagiti agsangsangit nga ubbing. Awan maaramidak no di iruar laengen dagiti usar mi ken ipan idiay igid ti kalsada. Sapay agar-arbis idi.” (I remember that demolition, pleading to be spared but to no avail. They continued dismantling our house infront of our crying children. I cannot do anything but to bring out our things and pile it by the roadside. It was even drizzling). Read the rest of this entry →