DAVAO Mayor Sara Duterte reiterated on Thursday her earlier memorandum to the City Engineer's Office (CEO) that prohibits the local agency from executing court-ordered demolition requested by private entities.
Duterte on Wednesday night visited the families affected by a demolition at Purok 3, Barangay Sto. Rosario in Sasa, together with City Social Service and Development Office (CSSDO) head Luisa Bermudo and village chief Mario Reta.
Some 143 families were affected by the demolition. Some have left while some stayed at the road side outside the demolished area.
Upon seeing people sleeping among the ruined materials, Duterte expressed opposition to demolition if there is no assurance of relocation.
Duterte earlier said she has signed a memorandum with the City Engineer's Office on the matter.
"Paglingkod nako, I issued a memo, directing the City Engineer's Office, particularly the city demolition team not to execute demolitions, which are court ordered. This is legal, I have asked the City Legal about it. Dili na sila manghilabot (They should not be involved)," Duterte said on Thursday in an interview at Bolton Elementary School.
The Sasa demolition was conducted with the aid of the CEO upon the request of the owner of the lot. On this, Duterte reiterated the City Government is not obligated to attend to requests for demolition.
"The LGU (local government unit) has no obligation to assist in a court ordered demolition. I do not want to add insult to injury. Dili ko gusto and city resources pa ang gamiton para mapahawa nila (I do not want the city's resources top be used to help in driving away these tenants)" Duterte said through text.
"Ang atong demolition team dapat dili na sila magapil-apil basta naay demolition nga gikan sa korte. Wala nila gi-inform nga naay demolition nga mahitabo (Our demolition team should not join in demolitions when they are court ordered.
During that demolition in Sasa, they did not give due information that there's going to be a demolition)" Duterte said.
Duterte also said she had directed the CSSDO to see to the homeless families.
"Gisugo na ko ang CSSDO ug ang city planning, i plastar sa kadali ang mga tao. Tagai sa kog pipila ka adlaw ug kabalhinan katong mga qualified lang. (I have directed the CSSDO and the City Planning and Development Office to have these families settle down first. Give me several days to find a place where they can transfer, for those who are qualified)" Duterte said.
In the CSSDO's list, 80 out of 134 are set to be relocated at Babak in Island Garden City of Samal. (Jade C. Zaldivar)