Members of the group Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (KADAMAY) swarmed at the government housing project in Rodriguez, Rizal and threatened to occupy the units meant for soldiers, police, and firefighters.
About 200 KADAMAY members arrived at the housing project in Brgy. San Isidro, Rodriguez, Rizal, which has about 115 units owned by personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and the Philippine National Police (PNP) but remain un-used.
Most of the KADAMAY members that were involved in the incident are women, who even brought their children.
The PNP responded to the incident and warned that they will arrest KADAMAY members, who will forcefully enter and occupy the housing units.
Residents in the area were alarmed by the incident and barricaded their houses in fear that the KADAMAY will try to enter their homes.
National Housing Authority (NHA) officials arrived at the area and told KADAMAY members that they cannot occupy the housing units since they are already owned by soldiers, police, and fire fighters, who are paying it through deductions in their salaries.
In the end, the KADAMAY had no choice but to leave the premises. KADAMAY-Rizal chapter spokesman Simon Trinidad however said that they will return.
“Hindi ito hudyat na kami ay sumusuko. Mag-oorginaza kami, magpapalakas kami para sa susunod na babalik kami,” Trinidad said.