A lot of decent Filipinos are getting fed up with arrogant squatters

The squatters in the Philippines have wreaked havoc in the country and they are out of control. The problem is quite obvious and the solution is staring everyone in the face; there are just not enough public servants with enough guts to address the issue. But someone has to put an end to the vicious cycle of squatting particularly in Metro Manila where most poor Filipinos from the provinces seem to converge.

Arrogant Filipino squatters
Arrogant Filipino squatters
The squatters or illegal settlers need to move out of wherever they have been squatting for years or even decades because they simply do not belong there. They have long enjoyed their stay, living on abandoned or unoccupied areas of land without being asked to move out. Some of them clog the rivers not just with their garbage, but also with their human waste, which eventually result in the flooding of the streets and residential areas of the cities specially in times of heavy rain. As long as the squatters remain where they are and are allowed to flourish, the Philippines will not reach its full potential as a business hub that finds favor in the eyes of foreign investors.

Squatters indiscriminately dump waste onto Manila's waterways.
Squatters indiscriminately dump waste onto Manila’s waterways.
In other words, the activities of the people squatting are foul. They have no concern or respect for the rights or property of others and have total disregard for the environment and welfare of other people. Some squatters can also be quite arrogant, defiant and selfish when law enforcement agencies finally clamp down on their illegal activities. One video shows illegal settlers berating the court sheriff and demanding to know when and if they are going to be paid by cash or check before they agree to being relocated. Some even joked that the check better not bounce. They appeared to be enjoying their few minutes of fame in front of the camera relating their tales of woes. One wonders why the news crew tends to focus only on their plight and not the story behind why they were allowed to stay there for so long. There is a lot to be said about why they were allowed to stay squatting to begin with.

The squatter problem in the Philippines has been made complicated by misguided Filipinos who think that it is the Philippine government’s sole responsibility to provide housing, education and health for them. Not only is this notion unsustainable, it is an unfair burden on taxpayers.

Retired Chief Justice Reynato Puno recently said that “Filipinos must be able to demand from their government their right to housing, education and health, or these socioeconomic rights would remain mere words on paper.” While Puno’s sentiments seem noble, Filipino taxpayers simply cannot afford to fund the growing number of Filipinos living below the poverty line. Some of these squatters, despite living in tiny quarters no bigger than a box, have no qualms about multiplying at a fast rate. Perhaps they have been led to believe that their children can be used to gain access to hand outs from the government.

Filipino politicians do not help solve the problem of squatters at all. If anything, they actually contribute to their proliferation. The root cause of the squatter problem seems to be the lack of urban planning from each Barangay and weak enforcement of the law by members of various agencies who are not doing their jobs properly. Obviously, they did not nip the problem in the bud. Had they been doing their jobs, they could have easily evicted the first squatter before they multiplied and became the enormous problem they are today.

Apparently, there are times when the law enforcement agencies that include the police and the court sheriff are helpless in certain situations. They are supposed to act independently from elected officials but are unable to do their jobs until they get instructions from city Mayors who hold off on evicting squatters during election season or when their popularity is waning. This was evident when Davao Mayor Sara Duterte assaulted a court sheriff 2011 because the latter initiated the demolition of shanties in Davao’s Agdao district without her go signal. She said that she felt compelled to punch the sheriff to prevent violence from ensuing. The irony in justifying the Mayor’s actions escaped her and a lot of people who supported her when she attracted criticism.

Duterte’s actions probably made a lot of squatters think they need to be handled with kids’ gloves. These politicians have emboldened squatters who are now quick to throw a tantrum and use violence whenever they are dissatisfied with the government’s approaches and arrangements to relocate them.

Bianca Gonzalez: the long-awaited messiah of anti-squatter activism!
Bianca Gonzalez: the long-awaited messiah of anti-squatter activism!
Lately, the squatters’ sense of entitlement and tough stance have finally caught the attention of some of the members of the upper and middle class who are fed up with the troubles they are causing. A celebrity and social media activist, Bianca Gonzalez have spoken out against the way the Philippine government treats squatters like “babies”. She is getting a lot of kudos for her unwavering stand against the lack of fairness in how the issue is being handled. She highlighted that law-abiding citizens work hard to save money to be able to buy property legally but still get taxed for it while squatters don’t even pay anything to stay in illegally occupied lands. It’s been noted that a lot of the squatters show their arrogance while demanding compensation from the taxpayers. Speaking of babies for that matter, some people who can’t afford to feed themselves shouldn’t have more babies.

It has come to the attention of many Filipinos too that a convoluted law on squatters introduced in 1997 has made it difficult for the government to evict squatters. Republic Act 7279 merely punishes the “professional squatters”. They are defined by law as those who can afford to pay for legitimate housing or those who have received housing units from the government but have sold or leased it to others so they themselves can settle illegally again in another urban area in order to deceive the system by asking for more compensation. In other words, most squatters don’t even get penalized anymore for their illegal activities. They even get rewarded for wreaking havoc in the community. No wonder a lot of Filipinos would rather stay as squatters and have adopted a squatter mentality.

Who can solve the squatter problem in the Philippines? Certainly, the incumbent President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino cannot solve it. Someone even said that the Aquino-Conjuangco clans also act like squatters who have occupied Hacienda Luisita for decades. Violence and intimidation were key to helping them keep the lands that were meant for the poor farmers.

BS Aquino seems more preoccupied with his popularity than providing a permanent solution to the country’s long-standing issues. He will not risk the wrath of the squatters because the Liberal Party still needs to get their votes in the next Presidential election. The President could even increase the number of recipients of the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) or dole outs to the poor as a way distracting them from the lack of progress during his term.

The reaction of the members of the thinking class is long overdue. They need to step up and call out what the government is doing, which is simply coddling the squatters. Philippine politicians need to quit being overprotective of people who abuse the system just to get the votes in the next election. This abusive behavior from both the public officials who buy off votes using tax payer’s money and squatters who take advantage of the situation need to end lest every corner of the country get run over by squatters.

[Photos courtesy Australia News Network, Lucy Who, and Asia Society.]

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Henry Walowitz
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If it were the cynical me, we should punish our generation by passing the law where it’s illegal to have babies unless approved by the government and only 1 child is allowed per family (twins, triplets or more may be a different case but let’s just skip the technicalities). Second, all squatters are to be round up and force to clean up their mess. Pay their time by years of public service either cleaning up, helping out in building infrastructures and other way. Children below 12 are to be taken in by the government and be ‘brainwished’ the right way… Read more »
rudy yu
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You are too kind. In the city where I live, a enclave of squatters suddenly found their homes “burned” one day. Yeah, I really cried. First, no voting rights, so politicians do not have to pander to them. Second, no money to pay them to move. Why should taxpayers fund what is essentially illegal activity? Third – penalties for having kids. Mandatory ligation or sterilization for any squatter. Last – Give them 2 weeks to move, or, just like in China, the bulldozers come in and you can kiss your belongings goodbye. You can’t treat this people with kid gloves.… Read more »
blah
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promote vasectomy na lang. get paid 18k to have vasectomy but this implies on 15-40yrs of age. then 40 above, required na. and if 26-40 wala ka parin earnings that would support a family. vasectomy na yan

Suede
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This isn’t going to work. Men who have literally nothing – no job, no money, no anything. Plus you want to take away their manhood? You won’t be able to convince educated individuals to do this. How much more the simpletons? Good luck with that.

andrew
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sana tumakbo at manalo si mayor duterte. kasama ang population control sa platform niya. at iisa-isahin niya yan. at eto pa ang matindi bago demolisyon siya mismo ang haharap sa mga mahihirap para kausapin sila. imagine isang presidente na pupunta mismo at makikipagusap sa mga mahihirap nating kababayan. OR sana siya ang prime minister to deal with internal affairs para magawa niya iyan. then si mar roxas will be the president to travel for foreign relations. eto lang ang naiisip ko ah. medyo malayo na ung nasabi ko. naisingit ko lang.

andrew
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lol. you’re correct when you mentioned manila. or let’s say NCR so it covers the whole metro manila. the problem with squatters is that they are so hard-headed as f@ck! the don’t know to how to understand and follow including some educated people who has this manileno attitude. gather them all and nuke this goddamn place to kingdom come.

Godfrey
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big talker, how about going to Tondo and shouting that out loud?

bida kapamilya
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It is not illegal settlers, it is not squatter, but the right term is informal settlers.

Henry Walowitz
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Call them what you will, they’re the scum of the country and do nothing but squat over owned land.

vince
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scum? worst than land political land grabbers? worst than drug lords?

Ponse
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Squatters grab land illegally just like political land grabbers. Squatter communities also are a nest of all sorts of crime like what drug dealers promote. So a big yes to your rhetorical question.

ImpalerTriumphant
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Yes, informal settlers are lataks of this society as soon as they get a sense of entitlement–relying on handouts, whining, complaining, not working.

domo
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They’ve done nothing but abuse their freedom because they lack the qualifications to exercise free will.

andrew
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like my 1st comment above, democracy is designed for educated/enlightened people. their minds are set in the feudal times / middle ages. so feudalism-capitalism ang law dapat natin ngayon just to accomodate them tayo naman law abiding na kaagad at educated so walang problema tayo dyan.

Parallax
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put lipstick on a pig, and what do you get? it’s still a pig.

BUCANNEER
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I’d have to disagree, my guess is it’ll beMiss Piggy.

FED-UP!
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i don ‘t understand why you have to be TOO sensitive with that. call them any way you want but they’re still SQUATTERS. and up to now i don’t know how they were able to register and vote if they don’t have an exact address. and how they were able to have electricity and water. non-taxpayer should NOT have the right to vote because they cannot understand the way a country should live. the real victim here are the middle-class because their salary is already deducted when it reach their hand, we all have the same sh*t everyday they’re not… Read more »
ChinoF
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A squatter is a squatter is a squatter.

johndoenymous@gmail.com
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johndoenymous@gmail.com

I call them criminals.

johndoenymous@gmail.com
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johndoenymous@gmail.com

Or land thieves, I think that’s better. more specific.

yup
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Our Pol Sci Club adviser termed them “Palamunins of the State”.. he is a college professor and a Commission of Human Rights lawyer..

Fed Up
Guest

Come on…it’s the same thing…you’re just trying to be politically correct by saying “informal settlers is the right term”. they mean the same thing and i won’t even try to be polite by avoiding the word squatter. if you want to call them informal settlers then go…but don’t lecture us with what we should call them. it’s been “squatters” for years and just because some people want to please these people they came up with “informal settlers”. another way of showing that we treat these people like babies. boo.

sancho alconce
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Ms. Bianca, you can be the face of the hardworking, law abiding salaried and middle class taxpayers. Now I know that not all movie and tv celebrities have nothing in between their ears except making “pa cute” gestures in public. Please do not stop what you just have started. May your kind increase.

Peace Walker
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They’d be opposed by those who call the middle class arrogant for that argument, calling the system out for that and those who own the land also being the subject of jokes… like the ones of Pixel Offensive.

I know they demand that something be done to boost the poor to the middle class, but I don’t know how can it be done.

Urbanman
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The Merriam Webster dictionary defines squatter as follow: : squatter-one that settles on property without right or title or payment of rent; someone who lives in a building or on land without the permission of the owner and without paying : someone who squats. Why should our definition be different?

andrew
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informal settlers is a civilized term daw. putangina. #FACEPALM >_<

abnoy
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andrew@
How about ” Trespasser will be shot. make this a law”

Truth Hurts Doesn't It
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Truth Hurts Doesn't It
This is what i love about this blog site. Straight to the point, and say that no one ever dare say. Regaring squatters, call them whatever you want, yes, they ultimately mean the same thing. I prefer calling them the underbelly of society for all i care. Sure, call me arrogant, obnoxiously rude, or churlish, i say what others dare not say! WAKE THE EFF UP! These people have done nothing but delay the progress that we ought to have, ought to enjoy. Yes, i am a freakin taxpayer but unlike these squatters who are unemployed and continue living on… Read more »
cockmongler
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Too Bad this blog does nothing except that. Blabber and blabber yet do nothing.

This blog was a great time killer to say the least. Really hooked me up.

jeppy
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If squatters keep winning them elections then they are a majority and should be taken as the voice of the people. It’s constitutional and just because miss Bianca Gonzales pays more taxes it doesn’tmean she can have a say where she wants it to go.

Erwin
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having “a majority” of thieves still doesn’t justify thievery.

Argumentum ad populum.

Fed Up
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dang I love your argument Erwin! 🙂
and jeppy, we’ve been hearing the side of the squatters for years now…won’t it be at the very least “productive” for our country to hear the other side? and what’s wrong with what bianca said anyway? she just said that we shouldn’t treat them as babies…she didn’t say that we should treat them unjustly.

Johnny Saint
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jeppy has no problem with squatters treating the rest of the population unjustly.

Johnny Saint
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That’s a stupid notion. You are saying now that people who pay no taxes and overextend our social services have a greater say than everyone else. Especially those who pay taxes and engage themselves politically.

OnesimusUnbound
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If squatters keep winning them elections then they are a majority and should be taken as the voice of the people.

That’s why I prefer a meritocratic society, similar to the one in Starship Trooper where all people have all basic rights, except for right to vote. If you want to vote, then prove you can contribute something to the society before you can have the right to vote.

Dianne
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@jeppy

Uh… she does have every right more than these non-tax payers do.

Yung mga squatters nga complain ng complain but have they contributed anything, financially? I think not.

Cut Bianca some slack because she’s damn right.

abnoy
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No income tax to proved .should not allowed to vote. Most vote buying recipients are jobless.
Those person don’t pay taxes and no permanent address should be treated as second class citizen and cannot vote.Make this as a law Lito Lapid. Your first and last bill that became a law is suck.

Ponse
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Oh my God Jeppy. Pinoys like you are one of the millions of reason why the Philippines is a backward society.

andrew
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gets kita pero ang nakararami ang mali eh. kelangan hindi sila masunod. iron hand grip needs to be applied in the country like lee kuan yew.

maureen
Guest

bec they got nothing to loose…

MidwayHaven
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People with nothing to lose shouldn’t act like the world owes them something.

Doctor Mengele
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Yung may kasalanan nito is the man who authored the “Lina Law”, former Senator Joey Lina, na nuknukan ng talino. Panay papogi. There are 2 rights to consider and one the other half are the rights of the property owner. This Stupid law is being abused by the local politician and local executives to cuddle votes every elections. Pugad ng mga adik, hostess, Kirminal, basura at wala disiplina. Nag nanakaw ng kuryente at tubig tapos ang mga nagbabayad ng mga nakaw nila ay ang mga konsumer. Wala silang disiplina. Pabrika ng mga bata at sangol ang mga squatter na eto.… Read more »
rod guevarra
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grabe ung mga words mo mr…parang mula sa kanunununuan mo walang naging mahirap ah….parang ndi nmn tama yang mga words na yan..ndi na makatao yan

babes anacio
Guest

Dr. Mengele was right. Go back to your provinces and make your lives productive there kung may diskarte kayo at hindi tamad. Manila is not the place for you. You’re just ruining the city. Don’t put the future of your kids in a more complicated situation. Actually, living in a country side is better than squatting and living in misery.

see
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@bida kapamilya
sa haba ng article yan lang napansin mo?
hindi mo napansin yung halaga at yung gusto ipahayag ng author.

wag nyo na po pag aksayahan ng panahon kung ano ang tamang tawag sa kanila.

Johnny Derp
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Yan lang kasi ang kaya ng utak niyang intindihin sa article na ito.
Wag ka na magexpect ng matatalino sa mga malacanang trolls since kung saan saan lang kasi sila kinuha ni Mr. Carandang.

human man
Guest

kawawa nmn ung mga mahihirap,ndi alam na inaalipusta na sila ng todo todo sa blog na to na puro mayayaman ang mga readers at ng cocoment.

Fed Up
Guest

haha…hindi po ako mayaman…and i don’t need to be wealthy and educated to get the point of this article. hindi ko ho maintindihan kung bakit mahirap intindihin ang point ng article na ito.

pogs
Guest

that is why you need to be educated…give theme free and affordable education may help them to understand…if you give a man a fish it will survive for days,teach him how to catch fish and it will live forever…!

Fed Up
Guest

i have nothing against giving free, affordable and quality education to everyone. this is one of the best ways of addressing poverty. but then again, that’s a whole new topic that needs to be discussed. what we’re discussing for the meantime is the problem of those presently squatting.

middle
Guest

im a middle class resident,i didnt squat,but i have nothing against them..we have a business,at aaminin ko na ndi lng nmn ung mayayaman ang dahilan kaya kumikita ang bisnes,aminin ntin kung wla ung mahihirap na un,,malamang na ndi ganun kalaks ung ibng mga bisnes..at sana wag nmn sila matahin na sobra sobra,at wag ipagdasal na mawala na parang ndi sila kabilang sa mundo na to.

Fed Up
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middle: that’s a totally new argument altogether re kumikita from these squatters. we are not discussing their value as customers here. we are discussing the effects of squatting and the squatters to the environment, to the government, to the nation, etc. etc. etc. etc. etc.

Daboy
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Hoy Bugoy! Gago! Kaya mo pala makapangusap sa sariling wika sa kapwa mo Pilipino (pero halatang hirap ka Bugoy). Ang punto ninyong mapang-alipusta e marumi at masama at walang kwenta ang itinuring na squatters, at kayong mga mas angat sa kanila ay marangal at malinis at kapaki-pakinabang. Malabo ang mata at pag-iisip mo Bugoy! Hindi uunlad ang kabuhayan ng mga mayayaman kundi sa mga squatter na yan. Kung may isip ka, mauunawaan mo tinutukoy ko Bugoy. Mas malaki ang naiaambag na tax ng mga yan kaysa sa mga tulad mong (siguro) kumikita tuwing kinsenas at katapusan o sustentado pa din… Read more »
gjacob08
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@middle: You’re probably just kid of some businessman because you don’t know the effect of squatters to taxpayers. Every month the government deducts our salary so they could fund the needs of these parasites. They always qualm that it’s hard to find a job but they do nothing to increase their competency, skills and knowledge to find a proper job. They chose to have 8-10 children so they can use the children for earning money, they chose to squat because it’s free and no tax to be paid, they chose to live like that because they are lazy and do… Read more »
pogs
Guest

if you can provide them all free education it will help..atlist… maybe..!just remember parasite in your tommy can do more damage compare to those in your foot..how much more those who rich to your head..relate to the class of youre socity who benefits most of your tax. a flesh of good meat will always go to the master to eat,lift over to the servant and bones to the dog..hope you get my point..

domo
Guest

@pogs: Nah they were already given a lot of incentives and they’re still not moving their asses. You’re just encouraging those juan tamad parasites to continue being freeloaders.

Fed Up
Guest

@pogs: we already have free education…public school education is free. now it’s up to these people if they will grab this opportunity and put this into good use. also, what we need is to improve the quality of education provided by some of the public schools.

andrew
Guest

hindi lahat mayaman adre. ako middle class. hindi nila kasalanan maging mahirap, masakit din sa loob ko pero kelangan talagang maturuan sila. sa kanila din nagmumula ang mga halang ang kaluluwa eh.

Abnoy
Guest

human man @
Ang tanong,saan dadalhin ang mga surplus na ito.
Gagawing pagkain para sa live stock. Hopeless na maka rekober pa ang pinas, mas marami ang tao kesa oportunidad. Matira matibay na lang.

kb
Guest

Death penalty, anti-squatting law, “only tax payers(include minimum wage earners) can only vote” law. 3 laws that can help improve our country.

chef JTS
Guest

why do we have to argue on what should we call them… the bottom line is that most of those people living in shantis doesn,t have goals and plan so go back to the province and don’t make manila your home,,,,

omsan
Guest

Indeed life is not always fair., I watch the news lately and look at those houses built for these what we call informal settlers and damn they look good than ours and pay for it less than my daily wage. And me wishing to owned a new house someday. We feed these arrogant people, we built there houses that’s the fact. And these people keep on blabbering.

Bodjie
Guest

Wala kayong karapatan magpaalis ng mahirap.. protektado sila ng constitution natin!! wag nyo pairalin ang pagkatanga nyo.. ang tamang daan jan ay ieducate nyo sila na mali ang ginagawa nila! IGNORANCE IS BLISS.. kaya nga di nila alam na napipinsala na nila ang sewers so what… education is the solution.. matagal yan pero pag napagana ng mga pulitiko ang ieducate ang mga illegal settlers sila mismo ang magkukusang aalis..

kb
Guest

Where do they go then? It’s one of the major reasons why these informal settlers are still there. They got no place to go.

see
Guest

what you mean is kelangan pa natin sila pilitin mag aral? or kelangan nila malaman na mali ginagawa nila?

weh
Guest

good luck with that.

anakim
Guest

my uncle died because they are claiming their land sa mga informal settlers. My uncle is offering them home at a province near the metro. They declined and threaten him he will be killed if he return.
He went back with good news since his friend opened a business and needs workers, so he asked them about it and free housing as well. and they shot him. Anong klaseng education ang pwede mo maioffer sakanila @bodjie kung yun nga spoon feeding na, inooffer libreng bahay and job opportunities ganun pa ginawa nila? Goodluck sir.

Peace Walker
Guest

What business would that be, good sir? Also I cannot fathom as to why when they are offered an opportunity to get a better life, they drive that away? And where would that location be?

If all that you say is true, I am saddened even more by the condition we live in.

lee
Guest

Really?

How sad. COndolence sir. May his kind soul rest in peace.

Back to topic, yes these people are actually very violent and will kill when they see fit. On the other hand, many of them are actually very stupid and easily resort to violence as their last option. I see news about people from the slum getting slain everyday and the law is just not that interested in helping them anyway.

gjacob08
Guest

@Bodjie: We have public schools that offer free tuition fee but they chose not to go to school, they chose the life of an illiterate, incompetent and unskillful parasite because they are damn lazy! So shut your trap and get your mind straight up!

LARRY TAN
Guest

KUSANG AALIS? WHAAAAT? DI NILA ALAM NA NAKAKAPINSALA SILA NG SEWERAGE SYSTEM? WHAAAT? DI NILA ALAM NA DI SA KANILA ANG LUPANG TINATAYUAAN NILA? WHAAAAT? YOU’RE MAKING NO SENSE AT ALL… WALANG KARAPANTANG MAGPAALIS NG MAHIRAP? WHAAAT? HINDI MAHIRAP ANG PINAAALIS. YOU’RE CONFUSING THE ISSUE. ANG PINAAALIS EH YUNG HINDI SA KANILA YUNG TINATAYUAN NILA. IT’S A NO BRAINER.

Fed Up
Guest

agree, agree:
“HINDI MAHIRAP ANG PINAAALIS. YOU’RE CONFUSING THE ISSUE. ANG PINAAALIS EH YUNG HINDI SA KANILA YUNG TINATAYUAN NILA. IT’S A NO BRAINER.”

entoy
Guest

at saang artikulo naman sa sinasabi mong konstitusyon na pede kang tumira sa lupang hinding-hindi mo pag aari aber???

at naniniwala kang magkukusang aalis pag naging edukado?? seryoso???

domo
Guest

Pinalayas ka ano indio?

lee
Guest

Wala rin karapatan gamitin ang bagay na hindi sa iyo ang pag mamay-ari na walang pahintulot sa may-ari.

Ulol.

Abnoy
Guest

Bodjie @
Tuwa lang namin na sana sa inyong property mag SQUAT ang mga squatters na ito.
Sa china di ka puwedeng pumunta ng ibang probinsya kung wala kang work permit. Dapat ay ganito na rin ang gawin sa pinas

Cxian
Guest

Thanks for this article! My sentiments exactly! Most of them paid to taxes and still they have the audacity to demand! These lost-cost housing, environmental rehabilitation, etc,.. every projects for metro development came from TAX PAYERS!

WE WHO WORK HARD AND SACRIFICE A LOT TO MAKE OUR LIVES BETTER IS THE ONE WHO CARRY THEIR BURDEN BUT RECEIVED NO APPRECIATION AT ALL.

Cxian
Guest

@BODJIE, okay sige simulan mo, magbahay-bahay ka na. i-video mo ha, pakita mo samin.

Fed Up
Guest

hahahaha…cant stop laughing…easier said than done, eh? Bodjie, it’s the mentality that we’re trying to get rid of here. pag alam ng squatters that they can get away with what they want (bibigyan ka ng libreng pabahay for one), kahit ieducate mo sila, walang mangyayari. kaya balik tayo sa point na wag natin sila ibaby… THEN they’ll realize that you have to earn everything in the real world.

Fed Up
Guest

erratum: “…mentality that we’re trying to change here.”

twisted ankle
Guest

just read BS Aquino, lol, figures, all talk all bs

Johnny Saint
Guest
Whether you call them “squatters” or “informal settlers,” we need to identify the root of the problem to solve it. The millions of poor in urban areas indicates that conditions in the rural areas are deteriorating. Limited resources — financial or otherwise — as well as the lack of access to them, have prompted rural dwellers with few skills to migrate to cities to attempt to improve their quality of living. In the cities, they face the dilemma of adequate housing and resort to illegally occupying vacant land and/or property to provide rudimentary shelter. This is compounded by the attitude… Read more »
Alexandra
Guest

Bravo Johnny Saint! Finally, someone dared to address the root cause. Not just the symptom.
What I got from the “arrogant squatter” post by writer was basically just a rant that someone should do something to sweep away the squatters and the problem is solved. Without addressing the true cause, you won’t find a true solution.

JODIE
Guest
YOU’RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT, JOHNNY SAINT. BUT THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE DECADES AGO. NO THANKS TO THE “LINA LAW”. ANG IN-ADDRESS NIYA EH YUN MISMONG PLIGHT NG SQUATTERS (HUWAG NA NATING PAHIRAPAN SARILI NATIN SA KUNG ANONG MAS POLITICALLY CORRECT TERM)HINDI YONG ROOT CAUSE, SO SA GANITO NG KALALA ANG SITUWASYON, WE NEED IMMEDIATE SOLUTION. ANG LAKI-LAKI NA NG NAGAGASTOS NG GOVERNMENT PARA DIYAN SA MGA KAPRICHO NG MGA SQUATTERS. KESYO AYAW NG RELOCATION SITE, DI SAPAT ANG AMOUNT NA IBINIBIGAY ETC. ETC. LINISIN NA AGAD ANG MGA INFORMAL SETTLERS THEN SABAYAN NG DEVELOPMENT NG COUNTRYSIDE. PARA HUWAG NA MADAGDAGAN.
OnesimusUnbound
Guest

My wife, who lived in Negros, can confirm that there’s no opportunity in the rural area and majority of the people thinks Manila as sort of paradise.

Peace Walker
Guest

It is no paradise, that I can attest to.

Johnny Saint
Guest

But it is worse than Metro Manila. Think about that for a moment.

Johnny Saint
Guest

Meant to say — most of the provinces are worse than Metro Manila.

Aegis-Judex
Guest

The Gates of Hell as “paradise?” Where did they come from, the lower Circles of Hell?

Metaphor aside…

lee
Guest

This was also exacerbated when the cory administration did not support the countryside. Because of lack of support many of them transferred to the city looking for opportunities to earn a living. Marcos was keen on helping the countryside, if it were not for him our problem right now would have been much, much worse. Developing the countryside is the key.

Johnny Saint
Guest

Pardon my french, but Marcos “keen on helping the countryside” is utter bullshit! Marcos economic policies pushed whatever industries were left in the wake of his takeover to shut down by making them unable to compete in the market. This concentrated business in the hands of Marcos and his cronies. Away from the provinces and closer to the urban centers around Metro Manila. That is the reason rural dwellers migrated to Metro Manila and became squatters.

kiks
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sa tingin ko lang mas magandang arugahin na ng gobyerno itong mga “squatter/basura” na tinatawag nyo kaysa naman mapunta lang sa mga bulsa nila yun pera na binabayad “natin” sa tax, mas maigi na makuntento tayo kung ano mayron tayo ngayon kaysa sa manghamak ng kapwa tao tutal on the long run mamamatay pa rin tyo lahat mapa mayaman ka man o mahirap at tiyak uod lang ang makikinabang sa utak at katawan. maging si Hesus nga wala man ni kapirasong lupa nun nabuhay siya kaya nabangit nga niya na “foxes have holes” dahil alam nya na pansamantala lang tayo… Read more »
Fed Up
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maganda po ang tumulong pero may hangganan. pag pagbibigyan natin ng pagbibigyan ang squatters, wala hong katapusan yan at madadagdagan lang sila ng madadagdagan. pano naman ho ang mga legally bumili ng lupa? wag na natin iinclude ang mga mayayamang may-ari ng sangkatutak na lupa. paano ung mga pinaghirapang makabili ng lupa at, in the end, eh they still have squatters to deal with? point is: bakit binubuhos natin ang pera ng gobyerno/pera ng taxpayers sa mga taong gumagawa ng illegal kung ipondo na lang natin ang perang eto to build more classrooms? to give better education? na magbigay ng… Read more »
Fed Up
Guest

and yes, lahat naman tayo mamamatay…pero kaya rin binigay ang mundong eto sa atin ay para pangalagaan. moreso, if hindi natin mapipigilan ang mga squatters, ngayon siguro matitiis natin. eh paano naman ang next generation satin, ang mga anak natin? life is temporary, but, speaking for myself, i strive to provide as much as i can for the next generation (my kid for one) to have a better shot at a brighter future.

FED-UP TOO
Guest

well said Fed Up. agree!

Jerv the Perv
Guest

Didn’t Christ said something like ‘Give a man fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for the rest of his life’? Guess what the politicians are doing.

The One
Guest

Amen to this!

entoy
Guest

parehas din yan …sa bulsa nila o sa iskwater, parehong sayang …. di baleng kahit madoble tax ko gumanda lang ang mundong ginagalawang ko lam mo yun??? oo in the long run mamamatay din tayo, ….sana nga mauna sila