Fisherfolk families in Taliptip, Bulacan face demolition threat
A lot of fisherfolk families in Taliptip, Bulacan have received demolition threats as part of the government’s effort to assist San Miguel Corporation (SMC) for its construction of 2,500-hectare aerotropolis project.
Militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA) said elements of the 48th Infantry Battalion told the fisherfolk families there “whether it rains or not, construction of the airport will push through” and convinced the residents to self-demolish in exchange for compensation.
The New Manila International Airport (NMIA), which will serve as the centerpiece of the “aerotropolis project”, is a 2,500-hectare reclamation project by SMC to be constructed in the coastal town of Bulakan in Bulacan province.
“It is both inhumane and injustice to force fishing families to self-demolish in the middle of a public health crisis. And while the government is strictly enforcing a stay-at-home policy, demolition of communities for reclamation will push through,” PAMALAKAYA said.