Sucat road closed due to violent demolition



12:34 PM April 23rd, 2012

By: Jamie Marie Elona, Nathan Melican, April 23rd, 2012 12:34 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The north and southbound lanes along Sucat Road in Paranaque City remain closed to all types of vehicles after tension escalated on Monday between residents of Silverio Compound and police.

Nino Dayao of Paranaque traffic bureau said all lanes in both sides of Sucat Road were closed to motorists since early Monday as Silverio Compound residents blocked entry points to their community with wooden barricades.

The residents, along with militant group Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay), vowed to resist attempts of the government to demolish their homes.

Authorities could not say yet when Sucat Road will be reopened for motorists.

Police estimated around 10,000 residents blocked a demolition team and policemen from entering the area.   The residents, as of press time, were holding a dialogue with Rep. Edwin Olivares.

The residents claimed that a city ordinance ordered the expropriation of the area in their favor but despite this, the city government obtained a demolition order from a Pasay court earlier this year.

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