Complaints were aired yesterday over the demolition of houses in Pulupandan town as the Sangguniang Kabataan and barangay elections approach.
Neoly Odtohan and Heide Deraguas, who went to the Provincial Capitol to seek help, said their houses had been demolished and more were expected to follow.
Odtohan said she lives in Valladolid town and her house in Barangay Zone 1A, Pulupandan, was demolished. She said it was located on property owned by Tony Feria and that she had been paying rent for in the past, but not in the last few years.
The houses of her mother Fe Odtohan and sister Ginafe Sapul are also set to be demolished, she said.
Pulupandan municipal administrator Federico Infante said Odtohan’s house was demolished because it was covered by a writ of demolition issued in 2010 yet.
Infante said the property where Odtohan’s house is located belongs to his family and he found out that she was no longer living there but had rented it out.
He denied insinuations that demolitions in Pulupandan are part of a strategy to ensure victory for the administration-supported barangay officials. This has nothing to do with politics, he said.
It was alleged that 176 houses are up for demolition to deter potential non-administration bets for the barangay polls from running.
Deraguas, a former Kagawad who now lives in Bago City, said her house in Palaka Norte, Pulupandan was also demolished, although she admitted that she did not own the property it was located on.*CPG