2 arrested for resisting demolition in QC

Two people were arrested on Wednesday after they clashed with anti-riot police escorting a team deployed to demolish houses of informal settlers in Quezon City.

Those arrested, one of which was identified as Jason Celso, were brought to the Quezon City Police District for interrogation, a report aired over GMA News TV’s “Balitanghali” said.

Celso and his still unidentified companion may face charges for obstruction and resisting arrest, the report added.

Violence earlier marred the demolition of houses in San Rafael compound in Old Balara after residents set up barricades and resisted the anti-riot police and the demolition team.

The residents complained of lack of financial assistance and a relocation site from the government and Susana Realty, which owns the land.

Despite resistance from residents, the demolition team was able to penetrate the area around 11 a.m. Wednesday and began dismantling about 700 houses in the area, the television report said.

The demolition was held by virtue of a writ of demolition issued by the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 22.

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