Charges await businessman who tried demolishing shanties in Pasig City -Mayor Sotto

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Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto addresses residents of Pasig city on October 8, 2019. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto said that criminal and civil cases were being prepared against a businessman that tried to demolish informal settlers’ shanties while there were people inside.

According to Sotto, the businessman has repeatedly tried to construct a building in Barangay Bambang without permit from the local government, blocked a public road with a truck and crane, and destroyed street humps. 

“Criminal and civil cases are being prepared,” he said in a tweet.

A video posted by a news website showed Sotto asking the businessman, “Gusto ‘nyo makulong kayo? O mumurahin mo rin ako gaya ng pagmumura mo sa tao ko?” 

[Do you want to be arrested? Or are you going to cuss at me the way you cussed at my people?]

“Sinubukan mong mag-demolish nang may tao sa loob ng bahay,” he added. 

[You tried to demolish houses while there were people inside them.]

The businessman later claimed the mayor was “biased” against him.

“As a government official, I will treat things fairly. Kung walang permit, hindi puwedeng mag-construction (no permit, no construction),” he said.

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