Leave now or be chucked out

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

AN ANGRY Mayor Rodrigo Duterte told people still residing under the Generoso Bridge II on Sunday to pack up now or else he will chuck them all out.

Residents under the bridge have already been given financial assistance to transfer out of their illegal dwellings because their continued presence have been delaying repairs on the Davao City Water District (DCWD) main waterline since January 2014.

The illegal dwellers have been warned several times and have even been visited by the mayor two months ago for them to understand why they have to leave. They refused to.


“Ayaw ninyo hulata nga muapil ko sa problema, ayaw hulata makialam ko. Kung ako makialam diha, tangtangon gyud tamo. Maayo man akong pakighinabi ninyo. Kung di mo muhawa, limpyohan ko na tanan tulay, wala koy papuy-on diha (Do not wait for me to intervene. We have already discussed this properly. But if you still refuse to leave, I will force all of you out and never allow anyone to live under the bridge, again,)” Duterte said during the Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa program Sunday morning.

Duterte also told residents to stop threatening the DCWD personnel.

“Undangi ninyo ang gobyerno. Ayaw ninyo hurawa kay ang Task Force Davao ug Davao City Police Office inyong makalaban diha (Stop threatening government or else you will be facing the Task Force Davao and the Davao City Police Office),” he said.

“Patilawon ta mo ug sakit kaayo. Ayaw hulata muinit akong ulo (Don’t wait for me to lose my temper because I will make sure you will be hurt big time),” he added.

He told the dwellers to leave Davao City if they cannot abide by the laws here. The dwellers are said to be settlers from Marawi City.

“Diin man mo gikan, balik mo didto. Taga lain lugar pa? Balik mo didto. Ug mao na inyong gusto, sige. Pahawaon tamo tanan diha. Dili na pwede na himoan ninyo na ug lutuanan diha. Mugabok ang cemento ana (Go back to where you’re from. Leave now. You cannot continue to live there and cook your food there because you are weakening the bridge),” Duterte told residents.

In January this year, the DCWD informed affected residents of its plan to reconstruct the pipe bridge crossing, which is 1,000mm wide in diameter, laid along the bridge. The former pipe bridge crossing collapsed last December 16, 2012 due to heavy river current and the pipes were temporarily placed on the bridge.

A series of dialogues facilitated by Duterte were conducted between the residents and the DCWD management.

During the dialogue, residents requested the DCWD to provide financial assistance as they leave their residences.

The DCWD already gave a total amount of P20,000 per household. The first wave of P10,000 cash was given in February, then the next P10,000 in April.

“Nianha nako diha twice to help out. Nagpakumbaba kami tanan. Unya usikan ninyo akong hago ana (I’ve talked to you twice and humbled myself to you and you just wasted my time and effort),” Duterte said.

Imelda T. Magsuci, DCWD spokesperson, said that since the mainline pipes collapsed in 2012, they had to install two temporary bypass lines, which is only 400mm in diameter.

Some 70,000 DCWD customers are affected by the damaged pipe. She said in order to solve the dilemma on low water pressure to no water, they need to reconstruct it.

She said the two-year condition is about to end soon and the reconstruction period for the mainline pipe will take more than a year.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 19, 2014.

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