By LITO RULONA
MEMBERS of the Kamakawan Farmers’ Association have warned of more street protests over fears that their families would be evicted from the land along the boundaries of Indahag and Gusa which they have been claiming to be theirs for years.
They have taken to the streets in Divisoria to protest what they said was a plan to drive them out of Kamakawan by mid-August.
The group said a representative of the National Housing Authority has informed them of the supposed plan, prompting them to take to the streets again, some 24 years after they waged a legal battle with the developer of Fil-Estate in Gusa.
Members of the group have claimed to have rights over some 130 hectares in the area since the 1940s.
Ricardo Galit, KFA president, said they have decided to organize protest activities again, similar to what they did over two decades ago.
“Kung mahitabo kini nga ila gyud kami nga abogon sa among yuta nga natawhan nga gitikad sa among mga ginikanan, amo na kining pakamatyan,” Galit said.
The group has been demonstrating at Magsaysay Park in Divisoria every Wednesday. They said a bigger protest activity would be staged on Aug. 17 by KFA and its support groups.
“Ang (NHA-10) gyud maoy among puntarya tungod kay sila ang gipaluyuhan kini sa Alliance Global nga maoy nakapalit sa luna gikan sa Fil-Estate. Ang NHA ang gigamit karon aron abugon kami sa among yuta,” Galit said.
According to Galit, part of the disputed property was bought for P100 million despite the unsettled problem.
He said the farmers were being threatened with eviction without a court order.
“We will stand our ground and die if Alliance Global and NHA will force the issue and attempt to illegally eject us,” Galit said.
He said they waited for the NHA and other government line agencies to file a case against them so that the court could decide on the plight of the farmers who protested in the 1990s against the developer and the Capistrano family.
Galit challenged NHA to file a case against them, and they would present in court their evidence, including tax declarations, notarized deeds of sale, and public documents their members kept since the 1950s.
“Kung dunay kaso diha man gud matubag kung kinsa gyud ang nanag-iya anang mga yutaa. Kung mapamatud-an nga dili kami ang tag-iya anang 138 hectares dili kami magpanuko sa pagpahawa,” he dared.