Poor fishermen use stones to defend their homes from Virata and Sy demolition forces

Poor fishermen use stones to defend their homes from Virata and Sy demolition forces

- Poor fishermen were forced to fight back demolition team of Virata and Sy

- The rich Philippine businessmen want to build a resort hotel in the area

- Residents don’t want to leave and since there’s no livelihood at the relocation site being given to them

Poor fishermen use stones to defend their homes from Virata and Sy demolition forces

Poor fishermen use stones to defend their homes from Virata and Sy demolition forces (Facebook screengrab)

Poor fishermen living for decades at the shores of Brgy. Patungan, Maragondon, Cavite were forced to defend their homes using sticks and stones against the demolition forces of Philippines’ biggest businessmen – Henry Sy and Maria Teresa Virata.

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The Virata and Sy demolition forces made use of tear gas and, as what can be heard in the video, guns.

The video was reposted from Southern Tagalog Blog.

According to the residents in the said barangay, Maria Teresa Virata has sold the land, which consists of several hectares to Henry Sy and that they have already advanced substantial amount of money from the richest man in the Philippines.

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The business plan was to turn the area into a beach resort and hotel, which according to some netizens, would only benefit the rich.

Poor fishermen use stones to defend their homes from Virata and Sy demolition forces

Poor fishermen use stones to defend their homes from Virata and Sy demolition forces (screengrab from Facebook)

The villagers were given a relocation site; however, they said that they don’t have any source of livelihood if they would move to the relocation site.

One old lady said that they no longer have a Barangay Captain, or any other official for that matter. They also alleged that even the town mayor was on their side and that the government was not listening to them.

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One man even said that the “Virata” typhoon was indeed very strong since their home did not look as dilapidated as it was now, even when natural typhoons passed through their barangay.

Residents are asking that police, military and the demolition team will leave and allow them to live peacefully in the barangay where they have been living for a very long time.

People can just wish that the rich could be as generous as this girl who shared her meal with a beggar.

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