AT LEAST five of the 150 houses set to be demolished in Sitio Sta. Cruz, Barangay Capitol Site, Cebu City, were destroyed Wednesday, February 17, despite appeal from residents who earlier vowed to raise their case to the Supreme Court.
The demolition team was not able to complete its job because of rains Wednesday.
Based on the demolition order issued by Regional Trial Court Branch 19 Judge Wilfredo Navarro in January 2014, a total of 150 houses occupied by 283 individuals should be destroyed. Some of the houses were demolished in 2015.
The demolition of the remaining houses was supposed to be done Tuesday, February 16, but tension among angry residents and members of the demolition team arose, keeping the court sheriff from implementing the order.
The residents claimed that the lot where their houses, made of light materials, stand is not part of the contested lot but is a public domain.
They said Tuesday that Navarro’s final notice to demolish issued last February 5 covers only Lot 6085-A-1 and does not include the public land where their structures stand. The said land of public domain beside the Capitol is not involved in any case, they said.