By Ernie Reyes
MANILA — Amid the unprecedented surge of COVID-19 cases, neglect of Typhoon Odette victims, and prolonged economic woes from successive lockdowns, the human rights of Sitio Patungan residents in Maragondon, Cavite facing demolition and displacement are being violated.
Sitio Patungan is a fisherfolk community at the foot of Mt. Pico de Loro that has been under threat of demolition since 2016 from plans of the Sy family-owned Manila Southcoast Development Corporation to expand its Hamilo Beach Resort in Nasugbu, Batangas.
“Displacing a fishing community just to build a luxury beach resort is already inhumane and reprehensible. But this demolition and violating human rights during an intensifying health crisis, poverty, and the dismal government response is the height of unspeakable ruthlessness,” said Council for People’s Development and Governance (CPDG) spokesperson Liza Maza. (ai/mtvn)