We beg to differ.

bianca_gonzalezWas it because it was said in Tagalog? Or was it because popular celebrity babe Bianca Gonzalez (with a “z” at the end) tweeted it? Whatever the reason, an outrage fad was born yet again after the modelling and social media superstar let out this gem on Twitter:

Ang dami nating nagtatrabaho para makaipon para sa prime lot at bahay plus buwis pa. Bakit nga ba bine-baby ang mga informal settlers?


“So many people working hard to save to buy a house on prime land while paying their taxes. Why do we have to baby these informal settlers?”

It is an old concept. The simple principle behind Gonzalez’s tweet is rule of law and everyone — whether rich or poor — being subject to it. Quite simply, squatters live on land funded by the hard work of somebody else and put a strain on public works and services funded by somebody else’s tax money. I elaborated on this in a previous article Land ownership Hell: The Philippines is Squatter Central when it comes to government subsidies!. This being the Philippines which aspires to be a First World nanny state (despite lacking the cash to achieve that quaint aspiration), applicable laws to combat squatter infestation have been reduced to toothless drivel since the fall of former President Ferdinand Marcos.

Presidential Decree 772 (PD 772) effected by former President Ferdinand Marcos in 1975 made prosecuting “squatting and other criminal acts” relatively easy. Squatting under PD 772 was clearly a criminal undertaking as Section 1 of the decree states…

Any person who, with the use of force, intimidation or threat, or taking advantage of the absence or tolerance of the landowner, succeeds in occupying or possessing the property of the latter against his will for residential commercial or any other purposes, shall be punished by an imprisonment ranging from six months to one year or a fine of not less than one thousand nor more than five thousand pesos at the discretion of the court, with subsidiary imprisonment in case of insolvency.

And so, under Marcos’s administration, thousands of squatters were successfully evicted from land they illegally inhabited and jailed for their offense.

Unfortunately PD 772 was repealed when Republic Act No. 8368, the “Anti-Squatting Law Repeal Act of 1997″ took effect. RA 8368 also authorised dismissal of all pending cases that drew upon the provisions of the now repealed PD 772. It also directed criminal cases against squatters to defer to the broader “Comprehensive and Continuing Urban Development Program” described by Republic Act 7279, which stipulated sanctions that are applicable only to “professional squatters” which are defined to be…

[…] individuals or groups who occupy lands without the express consent of the landowner and who have sufficient income for legitimate housing. The term shall also apply to persons who have previously been awarded homelots or housing units by the Government but who sold, leased or transferred the same to settle illegally in the same place or in another urban area, and non-bona fide occupants and intruders of lands reserved for socialized housing.

RA 7279 however explicitly excludes from the definition “individuals or groups who simply rent land and housing from professional squatters or squatting syndicates.” These laws, in effect, make the process of removing squatters from one’s property a long and convoluted one.

Well, we sow what we reap, don’t we?

Metro Manila is now a pigsty of a city. Squatters routinely deposit their household sewage into the Pearl of the Orient’s once picturesque esteros. The illegal structures they erect, have long been seen as the single biggest urban blight that contributes significantly to the problem of flooding in the Philippines’ wretched capital. Add to that too all the other illegally-erected structures of businesses backed by local politicians, such as the fish pens that proliferate all over Laguna de Bay. The aroma of raw sewage that engulfs the country’s premier metropolis is unmistakable during the wet season. And during the dry season, the thought of open sewers and where the thick ubiquitous clouds of dust that hang over the city 24 hours a day comes from is enough to discourage anyone from eating ice cream on a cone outdoors.

But because Bianca Gonzalez is a celebrity and because the starstruck society in which she makes her living expects its celebrities to be a “compassionate” bunch, Gonzalez’s tweet made waves. On the venerable pages of that exemplar of journalistic integrity Remate, can now be found the collective expression of indignation of the Filipino underclass

“Kailangan maunawaan ni Bianca ang tunay na ugat ang urban poverty at squatting problem sa bansa. Ito ay isang social responsibility ni Bianca at ng iba pang journalist na tagapag-timon ng public opinion sa bansa,” ani [Gloria Arellano, KADAMAY national chairperson].

Inaasahan ng grupo na pagtatanong lamang ang naging komento ni Bianca. Nakahanda umanong maglinaw ang KADAMAY at sagutin kung talagang bini-baby ng gubyerno ang mga informal settler.

“Pam-bibaby bang maituturing ang libu-libong maralitang pamilyang na itinaboy ng gubyernong Aquino sa panahon ng kanyang panunungkulan at pagdanas nila ng pandarahas ng estado mula sa sapilitang paggiba ng kanilang tahanan, pagkakakulong, pagsasampa ng gawa-gawang kaso hanggang at pagmamaslang sa 13 maralitang tumututol sa demolisyon?” tanong ni Arellano.

Translating the above to the lingua franca of the 21st Century…

“Bianca needs to understand the real roots of urban poverty and the country’s squatting problem. This is a social responsibility of hers and other journalists who shape public opinion.” says Gloria Arellano, KADAMAY national chairperson.

The KADAMAY group (an acronym for the Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap or Confederation for Solidarity Among the Impoverished) hopes that Bianca merely tables a rhetorical question. The KADAMAY group is ready to clarify whether the government is indeed coddling the informal settler community.

“Can we even regard as ‘babying’ the state’s violent demolition of homes, the imprisonment and filing of cases against the 13 who protested this demolition which transpired under the government of President Aquino?” asks Arellano.

Gonzalez has since reportedly expressed to Vencer Crisostomo (chairperson of leftist militant group Anakbayan) her intention to initiate talks with the aggrieved parties.

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  • Tzar says:

    Scrap Lina law

    • ChinoF says:

      Seems to me with the history of PD 772 that many laws today were reactions to the Marcos era, without any consideration for the long-term. All they want to is to “undo Marcos.” After that, then what? Sometimes, laws passed under Marcos are actually beneficial. Then they get repealed just because of association with Marcos, and replaced with more detrimental laws. Laws done the reactive way cause more harm than good.

      • WizardOfFB says:

        I agree… and these lawmakers are nowhere to be found. Just like the booting out of the U.S. bases in 1992. Hastily done without thought, mostly out of false ‘patriotism’. Then we never improved the military since then to make up for the external security that was lost when the U.S. left. Now we have this mess with China and can’t do anything about it.

    • wewe says:

      May mga pulitikong nasopla sapanahon ni Marcos. Nakita kasi ni Marcos na mga bopols itong mga ‘to, kaya di umubra sa kaniya. Nung napatalsik si Marcos, nag-epalan na ang mga pulitikong ‘to (mga bopols pa rin naman), at nagsigawa ng mga batas na kulang sa pagsusuri, at hindi ginamitan ng matalinong pag-iisip. Isa sa mga pulitikong yan ay si LINA, at si PIMENTEL (SK at absentee voting).

  • jsncruz says:

    She DOES have a point. Many Filipinos pay a lot of tax money in order to have living space. We work our asses off. Informal settlers or not, everyone MUST do the same to DESERVE better living space.

  • Christian Santos says:

    Totoo naman e. Etong mga hampaslupa na to napakalakas ng sense of entitlement mula sa gobyerno. Di naman nagbabayad ng buwis.

    • Marlon Lazaro says:

      FYI lahat ng tao nagbabayad ng buwis. Directly or indirectly. So kung ako sayo gamitin mo muna isip mo bago ka mag comment.

      • Sunugin says:

        Osya, nagbabayad na.

        Pero magnanakaw pa rin.

        Kapag may magnanakaw na pumasok sa pamamahay mo (assuming na meron ka nito, Marlon), bakit kailangan pang bayaran mo siya para lang umalis?

        ‘di ba dapat parusahan ang magnanakaw?

        Bakit pinapahirapan ang lehitimong may ari ng lupa, habang binibigyan ng incentive ang magnanakaw?

        tsk tsk tsk

        • sharon says:

          tama…kawatan na nga bayaran mo pa para ibalik yung ninakaw sayo?

          halah…nasaan yung PATAS na tinatawag dito?
          eh mahirap man o mayaman ka.. pantay pantay dapat ng karapatan. ang siste eh ang may ari ng lupa…sasakit ang ulo sa pagpapaalis ng mga skwater na yan tpos ang mga perwisyo pa ang may gana magdemand ng kung ano ano..

          life…ironic…isn’t it?

        • boy bastos says:

          very nice opinion, but the real problem exist, there are informal settlers at dapat itong solusyunan…

          the question is, ano dapat gawin sa mga informal settlers?
          1. pabayaan na lang kung nasaan sila
          2. bawiin ang lupa, i-demolish sila tapos bayaan na lang
          3. i-demolish sila at i-relocate
          4. idemolish at ikulong lahat
          5. sunugin at patayin

          ako, sa number 3

          kung me iba kang solusyon maliban sa pagpipilian, ano yun?

      • mackoy says:

        Ikaw ang bobo marlon lazaro! pano nagbabayad ang lahat kung wala naman silang trabaho para magbayad ng buwis..ikaw ang mag isip..napakamang mang mo

        • UtakDre? says:

          Pag bumibili sila ng gamit sa mall, pag nagpapakalango sila sa alak at yosi na tinda sa kanto, hindi ba may VAT yun?

          Wala nga silang income tax na kinakaltas sa kanila, pero yang mga yan, may VAT pa ding binabayaran; kaso ang VAT na ambag nila, kulang na kulang sa ginagastos para sa kanila.

        • Lalaine says:

          Squatter siguro si Marlon kaya na hurt.

        • Christian Santos says:

          UtakDre, thanks for pointing it out. I apologize to Marlon Lazaro. Nagbabayad nga naman ang mga batugan at hampaslupa ng buwis. Meron nga palang VAT ang yosi at alak. Sa araw-araw na ginawa ng Diyos na tumatambay sila sa kanto, naglalasing at nagyoyosi ay nagbabayad sila ng buwis! Biruin mo, sa araw-araw na hindi sila naghahanap ng trabaho ay may naitutulong pa rin sila sa pag-unlad ng bansa natin dahil nagbabayad sila ng buwis! Indirectly! Sorry, sorry, I stand corrected. Peace na.

      • Christian Santos says:

        Tinamaan ka ba, Marlon? Why the personal attack? Ang sinasabi ko lang, hindi lahat ng tao, nagbabayad ng tamang buwis. Hindi lahat ng tao, biktima. May mga taong madaya. Katulad ng mga professional squatter. The government owes them nothing. Kabilang ka ba sa kanila?

      • boji says:

        ang pinag uusapan ay mga informal settlers, so ang buwis na pinag uusapan ay buwis sa lupa, panu sila makakabayd ng amilyar kung squatter sila

    • Cha says:

      hampaslupa talaga? lols

    • lion heart says:

      Squatter ka siguro ano?

  • amielrichard says:

    She has a point. I believe that local government in the metro are supporting the so called informal settlers kasi boto yan…

  • Kyper says:

    Way to go Bianca! She shouldnt have to apologize for shit. Good on her! Shes only saying what should be said by each and every sane thinking citizen and politician with balls.

  • Myrna says:

    I agree with this lady in toto.

  • Sana ang Gobyerno idedicate lang sa mga tax payers ang mga projects nila para itong mga informal settlers na ito ay magsumikap rin! #puroTambay #nganga

  • Jay Vee Linatoc says:

    ang daming mangmang sa sistema kung bakit nga ba sila naging informal settlers in the first place. leche nakakainit ng dugo ang kamngmangan ng pilipinas

  • tea_coal says:

    its as simple as this – squatters = most number of votes per square inch

    • Christian Santos says:

      Quoted for truth. Kaya ang lakas ng loob ng mga professional squatters e. Protektado sila ng mga trapo. Ang hindi nila nakikita, protektado lang sila ng mga trapong binoboto nila hangga’t mahirap sila. Ang tanong, gusto ba nilang maging mahirap habang buhay?

      • Manny says:

        To think of it, baka nga kung mawala yung mga squaters sa Metro Manila baka makapag halal tayo ng mas matitinong namumuno. Hmmmm…?

  • bluedestiny says:

    What the hell does she have to apologize for? She has a good point.

  • Sunugin says:

    Ang problema sa batas ngayon, NIREREWARD ang pagnanakaw ng lupa.

    Dito, bibigyan ka ng libreng condo pag nagsquat ka. Ayos, di ba? Pwede mo pang ibenta para extra cash. Tapos squat ka ulit, para libreng condo ulit. Tapos benta ulit, ad infinitum.

    Tapos may batas pa na nagpoprotekta sa magnanakaw (Lina Law)

    Labo rin ng gobyerno eh, no. Gusto raw itigil ang pagnanakaw ng lupa, pero ginagantimpalaan naman ang magnanakaw ng lupa.

    • Christian Santos says:

      Ire-register naman daw kasi yung mga binigyan na noon. Para hindi na umulit. Foolproof plan, di ba?

    • boy bastos says:

      very nice opinion, but the real problem exist, there are informal settlers at dapat itong solusyunan…

      the question is, ano dapat gawin sa mga informal settlers?
      1. pabayaan na lang kung nasaan sila
      2. bawiin ang lupa, i-demolish sila tapos bayaan na lang
      3. bawiin ang lupa, linisin ang mga estero, i-demolish sila at i-relocate
      4. idemolish at ikulong lahat
      5. sunugin at patayin

      ako, sa number 3

      kung me iba kang solusyon maliban sa pagpipilian, ano yun?

      • maldita says:

        wala nag sabi sknila tumira sila sa squatter at bkit kailangan sila erolocate? libre ka n tumira ng mtgl problema pa b ng gobyerno san ka pupunta… they need to learn how to stand up on their on… gosh.. hindi yung kikita sila s msamang bisyo.. and the more na pbyaan mo sila the more na dadami sila… do u think it’s unfair sa mgiging future family nila na gnun at gnun lng mgiging buhy nila? there’s so many ways pra kumita.. kung gusto mo may praan… ang problema lng sa mga pilipino they want easy money… hihilata lng sila jn na prang may babagsak ng pera sa kalangitan.. and worst they dont have income na nga pero d nila maiwan bisyo nila… yah asan dun yung part na dapat ibaby sila… at kampihan sila..kung gnyn nmn mga taong nktira dun… yah hindi lht..but majority…

      • Boy tanga ka says:

        The real problem is your comment. O eto 18000 to shut you up squatter

  • Hustisya?Asan? says:

    Tama lang un Bianca! Edi parang ine encourage lang lalo nila ang mga informal settlers na mag squat kase may easy money.

  • It’s not just that baby ang mga informal settler’s.while others doing the hard work,paying taxes just to buy prime house or own houses. Good for you Bianca among other people who are blessed with good job, earned a lots of money to save large, perhaps huge money from the bank and can afford to buy luxurious things and owned a house of your dream among others things and comforts in life, because you have given the gift and opportunity to work or have given chance to have a work, perhaps a descent and good job for you because you have given a chance to finish your study, given a quality education, finish a course and to have a good career because maybe you came from a wealthy or just we say from ordinary family, unlike these people coming from a very poor families- as you say informal settler’s- before they call them professional squatters. My goodness my dear Bianca, you do not what these people only have in their lives, they even omit a meal a day, perhaps nothing to eat because of lacking in life. They only rely on day to day basis, only if they have earned money that day from selling something from the market, only if someone asked their service for massage, laundry, manicure, pedicure or someone to asked them to fix ruin houses. These people have No permanent job, most of them have only extra-job. Good for them if they have. They belong to 2nd-perhaps 3rd-citizen class of Society. Most of them works as factories workers, sales ladies,sales man- most of them are contractual workers-they job good only for six months-good for them if they have given the opportunity to renew their contracts, most of them works only on constructions as carpenter, electricians, house painters-what do you expect of their salary? Big? like you? Most of them if not low salary are underpaid, without benefits like SSS- Philhealth. You only say that things, because you yourself do not experienced what they are experiencing in life. They lived there on poor conditions for such a long time, living along the creeks, under the bridge, near/beside the river or in low-lying areas suffered fro great floods during rainy seasons is very hard for them, they have to be patient and tough enough for life just accept their situations because they have No choice, because if they go back to far provinces specially in Mindanao- my goodness, they will starved to death because of massive poverty and lack of security between the fight of rebels and soldiers. Please be sensitive enough to the situation and needs of others. It’s not unfair, because they deserved it- it their rights as citizens and voters of our Nation. Large numbers of Votes comes from informal settler’s. Politician uses them for their Votes during Elections. You yourself among politicians and Government Leaders and 45-Elite well known families, Hacienderos and Businessmen owned Multi- Corporation have a Moral/Social Responsibility for these people. Social Justice. The truth is mostly tax evaders and not paying right taxes are belong to rich families owned a business or corporation and Movie/Television Artist just like Carlo J Caparas on the news.

    • Dugosailong says:

      dumugo ilong ko dito ah … sakit tuloy sa ulo

      • gin says:

        ayaw nila umalis diyan sa squatter para easy sa kanila ang manghablot ng bag ,wallet alahas etc,akyat bahay pa .holdap etc,kasi kung masikip mas madali ang pagnanakaw ,eh may lugar naman silang matirhan bakit ayaw pa?kasi pag lumipat sila wala na silang manakawan.ang lilipatan nila bahay na at maayos ,bakit ayaw pa rin ,gusto nila kasi bigyan sila ng goberno ,puro goberno ang sisisi nila sa kanilang kahirapan,bakit ang pag asawat at pag anak sa goberno ba nila kinuha at hiningi,ang pagka mahirap nila goberno ba ang nagbibigay ,ang sariling pamilya nila yon ang nagbibigay ng kahirapan sa tao ang gawa kasi hindi sa goberno isisi ang lahat.pustahan tayo oh ,halos lahat ng squatter dyan ay may kanya kanyang probensyang pinanggalingan.?bakit hindi na lang kasi tanggapin ang tulong ng goberno at umalis sa lugar na walang gulo.or uwi sa kanya kanyang probensya at magtanin nga mga gulay para di ka na bibili.oh baka sabihin naman na anu gawin namin sa probinsya?naku po.gamitin nyo po ang mga konting brain nyo para mabawasan naman ang mga kawatan sa lugar na hindi nyo pag aari..magsumikap para makaahon sa kahirapan at para makabili kayo nga sarili nyong lupa at bahay hindi yong nakikipagsiksikan sa hindi nyo lupa ,..peace

      • Bienb says:

        LOL…. 1/4 pa lang, scroll down na ako. sakit sa mata

    • UtakDre? says:

      Bianca has no reason nor need to empathize with them. Some of these people knowingly abuse the whole system to their gain, much as those above them find their own ways of benefiting from their presence. Others know no better, and the blame there is equally shared between themselves and the government; but then again, there are people who want it that way for their own gain.

      Social justice dictates that the poor, middle class and rich be treated equally in the eyes of the law; and removing them from these places where they endanger others besides themselves is the definition of enhancing the overall good.

      Disincentivize squatting in the first place, for example by not granting the right to vote to those who live on squatted land, not allowing installation of water and electric facilities, and development of outer areas where they can use whatever skills on hand, and you’ll see this problem disappear faster than the snap of fingers.

    • ronmarz says:

      nandyan na tayo na dpat intindihin ang mga mahihirap, pero hindi yun dahilan na kunin nila ang lupa ng may lupa.

    • Agnes says:

      I get that they’re not privileged, but what gives them the right to steal lands from owners who actually worked hard for it? Stealing is stealing. Period.

      You want her to be sensitive enough for the needs of others? Kung ikaw ba nakawan dahil walang makain yung nagnakaw sayo, e okay lang–considering na you’ve worked hard for it?

      Kung ikaw Ms. Janette e halos mamatay sa pagkayod para lang magkabahay at pagkatapos tinirhan ng professional squatters, ano gagawin mo?

      • boy bastos says:

        hello? paso na issue mo, kaya nga idedemolish at ire-relocate eh. nai-intindihan mo ba yung issue? GISING!

    • bluedestiny says:


      but from what you’re saying these squatters have “no choice”?

      You’re kidding aren’t you?

      There are people who were plumbers and employed with “low” jobs, but right now owns their own house, cars and so on because they worked hard and CREATED their opportunities by learning more and making their services more valuable than it was before. It took them about an average of 5 – 10 years just to establish something, and then another 5 – 10 years to reap the rewards.

      These squatters have a choice… unfortunately what they do is that they CHOOSE to be lazy, they CHOOSE to be helpless, they CHOOSE to be poor because “my family has been poor”.

      Therefore, I disagree. These squatters do not deserve sympathy nor support. If some of them can get out of their situation and make a good life for themselves, why can’t others do the same?

      If in case the answer has eluded you, it’s because they CHOOSE not to do anything about it. They’re mindset is that they have already given up. That’s because it’s easier to do so. It’s hard to live in filth, but it’s a thousand times harder to work yourself out of a difficult situation… so most people choose not to. Since the government is coddling them for their votes anyway, and they’re used to filth, why change?

      • Takbo says:

        May punto ka dito. Hindi nila kasalanan na pinanganak silang mahirap. Pero kasalanan nila kung papabayaan nilang mahirap na lang sila habambuhay.

        • gin says:

          walang mahirap kung hindi ka tamad ,at kung hindi ka tanga ,,eh mahirap na nga ,maglasing pa at lahat ng bisyo sa kanila ..panu sila uunlad nyan ,,oo kawawa sila pero may mga choices na dapat gawin para ikaw ay umunlad at guminhawa eskwater naman ako nanggaling nag strive para makaahon sa squatter na yan at magkaroon ng sariling lupa at bahay na maayos ,at wala ng may makapagpalayas sa akin ..seguro kung ang lahat sa atin gamitin lang ang utak at wag patamad tamad madaming mayaman sa atin,,,good luck kabayan

      • jaycee says:

        hindi naman lahat ng nasa nasa squatter eh mabibisyong tao.naging mabisyo na lang sila dahil sa kahirapan ng buhay dahil sa wala silang oppurtunityng makita dahil nagmula sila sa generation ng mahirap na pamilya,marami naman sa kanila nakaahon sa hirap.kungdi pa nagabroad.ang yayabang lang ng mga taong nagsasalita rito lalo yung gumamit ng terms na hampaslupa.wag naman ganon kayong mga may masisipag na magulang na gumawa lahat ng paraan para hindi kayo manirahan sa squatter at manahin na lang ang magandang buhay.wala kayong karapatan na manghusga sa personal na buhay ng mga squatter ang issue dito yung paggamit ng ngipin ng batas dapat sa simula pa lang na dumadami na ang bahay sa isang bakantend lupa sinasaway na agad lalo na yung malalapit sa ilog.tamang pagimplement ng edukasyon sa mga tao para hindi na namamana ang kahirapan.saka nagtatrabaho naman sila.lahat ba ng iskwater eh gumagawa ng krimen?most of them earning minimum wage.anong klaseng buhay ang para sa minimum wage na yan.nainherit lang nila yan sa mga magulang nila.

      • jen says:

        This so true.. may mga kakilala ako na binibigyan namin ng damit, food, etc. nalaman namin hindi nila pinahahalagahan ang mga bigay sa knila, like sa damit, imbes na labhan after magamit itatapon lng, ang mga toys ng mga bata na natatanggap nila pag pasko tinatapon lang rin pag ayaw na.. this one good example that mashado clang na-baby that they always get things for free, that they don’t try to get decent job as source income dahil alam nilang may magbibigay ng libre. While tayong mga normal ang pagiisip, nagttrabaho ng matino para mabuhay. These people should be punished, ibalik ang PD 772. Hindi ba obvious na mas tumino ang mga tao noon kumpara ngaun na hindi lang squatters ang magnanakaw kundi ilan sa mga tao rin sa gobyerno..

      • captjoe25 says:

        Good analogy. i had the same philosophy in life. REAP WHAT YOU SOW. Sucess in life comes from hard work, planning. Karamihan sa pinoy, Tamad kaya walang napapala sa buhay. Gusto patanbay tandbay sa kanto. magkuwentong lasing sa isat isa. so shallow. im more compassionate of people who help the,selves to find a better job. Dignity and self respect is lacking in the slums.

    • BilibKayBianca says:

      Sa tingin ko sinesansationalize mo lang ung kahirapan ng mga squatter. given na un eh mahirap sila, pero hanggang kelan pagbibigyan? magbigay ka ng specific date. :) malaking porsyento ng squatter ang kaya umupa ng bahay, at namumuhay ng higit sa mahihihrap. PROMISE! at alam ko, na nakikita ni Bianca un kaya nasabi nya un.

    • BilibKayBianca says:

      english nga ang delivery mo – – – wala namang sustansya. anong mapapala ng kakain ng english mo? masarap lang pakinggan

    • Tine says:

      Duh !
      Si Tonying ng UKG
      Dati din squatter db N
      At madami pang iba na mayaman na now
      Mahirap tlg mging mahirap
      Kya sana effort din nmn para umayos ang buhay
      Di rin nmn kailangan yumaman para mging maayos ang buhay
      Ikaw mismo wala makain

    • Ranger Alpha says:

      Ang daming trabahong pwedeng pasukin at pwedeng pag applayan pero ano ginagawa ng karamihan sa mga squatter?….

      nag babanat ba ng buto at nag susumikap?….

      ni ayaw nga nyang mga yan mag apply para mag katrabaho eh gusto mag inom araw araw at humiga sa kama at matulog….

      tapos aasa lang lahat sa gobyerno ng mga libreng bahay at pera….

      kaya bago mo pag tanggol mga yan tignan mo din muna kung ano ginagawa nila….

      oo marami sa kanila nag susumikap kaya nga sabi ko karamihan pero hindi lahat di ba….

      pati kung ikaw may ari ng lupa na kinatitirikan ng mga bahay nila gusto mo bang kunin sayo yun ng walang paalam?….

      mag isip din kasi kaya di tayo umuunlad eh kinukunsinte pa natin lagi ang mali kesa sa tama….

      • jaycee says:

        ang may kasalanan jan ang gobyerno ang mga sangay ng gobyerno mga natutulog sa pansitan .eh hindi naman dadami ang mga informal setteler kung ang baranggay ay hindi mga corrupt at mga tamad.nagsisismula sa baranggay yan diba?kung nagtatrabaho ng maigi ang baranggay una pa lang na may magtatayo ng bahay sa hindi aring lupa nasassawata kapag nakapagtayo ng bahay ang isang pamilya after 10 years naginvite na ng kamaganak na tumira na rin duon after 10 years nagmumultiply sila magtatayo ng pamilya panibagong bahay ulit gang sa dumami,,tapos magpapalaki ng bahay papaupahan tapos may uupa tapos ibebenta tapos..ganyan lumalaki ang squatter dahil masyadong lovable at hospitable mga pilipinong naka move on from province share din nila kapalaran dito hoping na dito ang mas greener pasture.ganyan.nagsimula yan sa kapabayaan ng ating mga mga pesteng corrupt na mga lider bwesit!~!!

    • bugoy says:

      Andaming wrong grammar

    • Melanya says:

      Dear Ms. Bautista,

      I would have read your lengthy litany to discover any merit in your argument, but your poor grammar just got in the way. (Sorry, maldita mode)

      Tip lang: kapag hindi masyadong magaling mag-English, WAG MAG-KUNWARI–magsalita sa Filipino. Hindi naman yata bawal mag-Filipino dito. Baka mas maiintindihan pa ang sinasabi.

      Now that I got that out of the way, on to the main topic: I know people who were really poor as a rat, who hardly had anything to eat, but still lived a life of honor. They didn’t use their poverty as an excuse to STEAL.

      In case it has not occurred to the sympathizers of squatters, these squatters are STEALING. Taking something that doesn’t belong to you with an intent to keep it is a CRIME.

      Yes, they are poor and they need some help. But not to the point that they become too dependent on handouts and freebies from others, not just the government.

      If they want their own homes, then do it like the rest of us: work hard for it.

      • not a wannabe says:

        nagtitipid si janette! kaya hindi nag F7.

      • boy bastos says:

        very nice opinion, but the real problem exist, there are informal settlers at dapat itong solusyunan…

        the question is, ano dapat gawin sa mga informal settlers?
        1. pabayaan na lang kung nasaan sila
        2. bawiin ang lupa, i-demolish sila tapos bayaan na lang
        3. i-demolish sila at i-relocate
        4. idemolish at ikulong lahat
        5. sunugin at patayin

        ako, sa number 3

        kung me iba kang solusyon maliban sa pagpipilian, ano yun?

      • jaycee says:

        magssquat ba sila kung may pambili sila ng lupa?nagtatrabaho naman sila ng todo ang problema ang kinikita nila ay pangkain na lang kaya mangungupahan na lang sila sa murang bahay as usual ang murang bahay nasa squatter din.ang dali dali lang sabihing magtrabaho eh.yung mga gumagawa nga ng illegal na ka afford na magkarun ng bahay hehehe.kasi nga nagsisimula ang problema kung ang nasa ating gobyerno ay mga hindi tamad din.hindi inoobserbahan pano lumalaki ang yun bigla na lang sumulpot?syempre pagmay nagtatayo palang ng bahay kilos kilos din ating mga opisyales opsss mula sa baranggay dapat ng maging alerto eh nalalagyan ang mga building to permit nila mga hinayupak din diba?.hindi naman lalaki ang isang commmunity ng squatter kung vigilant ang ating mga opisyales

      • jaycee says:

        naintindihan ko naman si ms bautista eh.hehehe hindimo siya naintindihan ?eh tula wala naman sa grammar pero pedeng maintindihan hehehe

    • boji says:

      Kami ng pamilya ko nanggaling sa mahirap na pamilya, pumunta kami ng maynila na walang wala, kumakain isang beses sa isang araw, pero nagsikap kami, ang ama at inay ko nag trabaho kahit maliit kita at ako nag aral ng husto at nakakuha ng scholarship, paunti unti naka ahon din, sa wakas nakabili din kami ng legal na lupa. Ang mga squatter na ngaun abuso na! Ang gusto nila lahat i-Spoon fed at mismo pati pag nguya, tapos i-sisi pa sa gobyerno, jusko naman, tapos aanak pa ng aanak tapos iiyak iyak wala na makain, minsan sugal pa dto sugal dun bisyo dto bisyo dun. Kung gusto may paraan kung ayaw may dahilan, basta kung gugustuhin siguraduhin ang paraan ay ligal dahil sa huli tayo laht at pamilya mo ang maapektuhan. At janette kung talagang sinesimpatya mo mga squatter mag patira ka na sa bakuran mo ng squatter

      • jaycee says:

        hindi naman nya tinotolerate ang mga squatter ang ipinagtatanggol nya yung mga taong nagsusumikap pero for a while nasa squatter muna nakatira like yung maliliit nating mga kababayan na dun nakatira.kasi may isang nagcomment dito ng hampaslupa .marami namang programa ang goverment para sa mahihirap pero uu nga may mahihirap talaga na umaabuso na talaga parang pababy na talaga.ano bang solusyon sa mga ugali ng mga taong ganyan?pagpinaalis sa lupang sakop nila magsisintempyento,pero kung eeducate natin maiintindihan din nila yun.talagang criminal case ang pagagaw ng lupa na hindi sayo.o yun marealize na yun ni juan proper implementation lang ng syempre kaya naman naging ganyan ugali ng mga mahihirap e dahil narin sa bias na pagtrato ng ating government sa kanilang mga rights kung minsan wala sana corruptionan ng buwis at tax evader dami kayang nakaangklang dahilan jan.pero ipakita na lang na pag ikaw nagsquat kasuhan dahil unfair yun sa may ari ng lupa peace po mga mahal kong kababayan

    • Casey Salvador says:

      Bianca may not be born poor, but she surely worked her ass off just to gain what she has gained and be in the position that she is in today. What Bianca only means is that the government should focus on the people who actually pay their taxes. What about the people who has medical needs, but can’t actually receive them because the government allocate more funds to the people who settle illegally. These illegal settlers should learn their lessons so that they would realize that they should work so that they could afford legitimate living spaces. These people will never learn if the government will continue to fund them. And what do we owe them, really? Aren’t our taxes supposed to be used for us, for those who strive? I feel sad because people emphathize too much for these illegal settlers, that they somehow forget that we don’t owe them, that what we pay is for us, not for other people.

      There’s a difference between ‘descent’ and ‘decent’. Speak in tagalog/filipino. You’ll sound smarter 😉

    • balbon says:

      Janette Bautista isa ka sa mga taong dahilan kung bakit lumalakas loob ng mga skwater sa pinas, KATAMARAN talga ang dahilan hindi kung ano ano pang pinag sa sa sabi mo, ang tao kung gusto umasenso gagawa at gagawa ng paraan para mka ahon sa kahirapan, hate to admit it pero dyan kmi nanggaling pero dahil sa “PAGSISIKAP” nmin nka alis kmi at nag karoon ng magandang buhay at sariling bahay

    • corrine says:

      Actually Bianca has a point and so do you. There are a lot of unfortunate people that really have no place to go. I myself came from that but I worked hard for what I have now. I am not rich but would consider my self deserving of the tax I’m paying. These people also have to learn to find means to survive. To be honest I would see a lot of informal settlers in manila doing nothing sit around but you can tell how healthy and fit they are to work. If they are really eager to earn they could have done something rather than sit around. Also, they demand so much to the government even if they are given enough like houses and assistance which in my level I cannot receive the same privileges as them. Do I complain? I couldnt even buy a house of my own, do I squat? I find means. Sa totoo lang tama si Bianca. Marami nga pinoy nagsstruggle di lang squatters. You’ll be surprised to see their houses complete pa appliances at gadgets. So dapat kung informal settler ka, kaw na ang umalis, dapat nga ipakulong pa for trespassing to be fair sa owner ng land. pero sa case natin narerewardan pa sila ng house diba mas deserving yung may ari ng land na ninakawan ng informal settlers? may sagad talaga sa hirap pero ang di ko makuha they can survive better sa province, they can plant crops para may makain sila. most informal settlers naman may probinsya na pinanggalingan. tama si Bianca, i commend her courage.

    • jon galt says:

      Janette Bautista. kawawa nga ang mga mahihirap.. so teach them to be responsible and stop multiplying..the root of poverty is all about the numbers of mouth poor parents can hardly feed..and produces a new batch..what not blame the rich like me where the tradition of haard work was passed on from one frugal hardworking parent to another..RH BILL..i have my share of helping the poor..putting one poor to education to another one..pero puta..if they keep on multiplying..there is just no catching up..

  • julie a. adzuara says:

    Korek! LGU ang may sala kasi pondo yan at meron din siguro sila. Hindi dahilan na mg botante ang mga squatters na ito. Ito ang Logic : kahit 20 mamamayan sa isang sityo at ikaw ang hirangin ng 11 katao panalo ka pa rin! Malinis at maginhaang pamayanan ang iyong munisipalidad di ba :-) gamitin ang kokote hindi ang dami!!!!

  • Wendell Toledo Veneracion y Maningas says:

    wala atang mali sa sinabi ni Bianca, ang hirap mag-isip para magkaroon ng ari-ariaan na talagang masasabing nai-pundar ng isang tao… pero yung mga squatter, mag mamasid lang kung walang nakatingin at ayun, mag titirik na ng tirahan… kalaunan ay protektado na ng Lina Law… ang gusto pa ay sa gitna ng Maynila ang relokasyon… samantalang ako, nag hahanap pa rin ng mabibiling bahay at lupa, huli akong tumingin sa Cavite at mukhang di ko pa kakayanin.

  • chay says:

    Tama naman sya.Actually, those settlers have been lucky enough to be provided with a house to move in to sa mga relocation sites and they still complain na wala raw trabaho dun..I think they’re being too much.they have settled many years on properties they don’t own with taxes they don’t pay,and in return they were given a house with very easy and light finance terms,and they still have the nerve to get mad na walang trabahong kasama ang binigay sa kanila.I know Everyone has the right to live decent lives but I think it should also be earned….Just saying.

  • Lalaine says:

    Don’t hate Bianca for being rich. Pinanganak na ngang mayaman, nagtatrabaho pa kahit pwede na lang siya na umasa sa magulang. Pero kaming mga hindi ipinanganak na mayaman, we have to work our arse off to earn enough so we can provide for our family and pay for shelter. Ang laki pa ng tax na binabayaran.

    So I agree with Bianca. She has a point. Ang dami lang nagagalit kasi she happens to be rich. But that is not her fault. Karamihan kasi sa mga squatter na yan, bibigyan mo na ng source of livelihood, ayaw pa. Gusto aasa sa doleouts ng gobyerno. Bibigyan mo na ng pabahay, ang daming reklamo. Ang layo daw. Eh kami 2 oras byahe papunta at 2-3 oras pauwi Makati tinitiis araw-araw.

    • corrine says:

      Correct, I agree with you lalaine. wala sa estado eh kung rich man si Bianca, mahirap ako or sila. the mere fact na binibigyan sila di pa sila satisfied and di pa sila contrite for the fact na nagnakaw sila ng land nakigamit without permission. mali sila sa totoo lang from the very beginning sila yung may ginawang mali. ngayon given na binigyan na sila ng fresh start anu ba naman kumilos sila find means to survive mas better na nga living nila kasi may sariling house sila dinaig pako na sobra na kayod wala pang bahay til now. Sana marealize din ng government na tigil na yung pagcconsider sa mahihirap. maghigpit narin sana sila.

      • Amaterasu says:

        i agree with corrine, lalaine, and bianca as a whole. we are living in a society where the people have been brainwashed into this rich/poor differences, where the hero is always the under priveleged, and a come-uppance is always underway. it’s the stuff of our daily shows, the daily telenovelas which they rot their brains out on. it is tailored to fit their fantasy, as of course the industry survives on the number of patrons. while the intelligent community knows this is a work of fiction, most of the uneducated does not realize this. i have always been bemused when i hear a lot of my neighbors arguing vehemently about fictional characters from their favorite soap. don’t they have anything else to do? the answer is no. the country is in a stupor, their brains rotting, and the economy failing. this is because the working class is saddled with the burden of providing for the non-working-but-of-age-and-health people. in the end it always boils down to the sheer number of the people. we are overpopulated, ladies and gents, and grossly so. anyone who says otherwise is a fool, as i would not impose it upon the blind to accept these into their predicament. bianca is correct. we cannot afford to be hypocritical about this. i strongly believe that while the conditions of your birth is not your fault, you are still responsible if you remain in that condition for life.

  • ungasis says:

    ayos di nman tong si lintik na bistek na toh tinapos muna ang election ska pinalayas! pero noon campaign period mas malimit sila mangampanya sa mga squatter! mga manggagamit!

    • elmacho says:

      e tatanga naman kasi ng squatter uto uto. kaya pati si nancy nanalo dahil sa kanila. wala sa mid – high society may gusto dun.

      Napalayas ka rin ba?

  • mjuchiha says:

    wag ka ganyan bianca
    kung lahat yan nagttrabaho
    baka wala ng manood sa mga show nyo

    kung hindi pa ang papanget ng show niyo walang quality at paulit ulit at alam mo ba na karamihan ng nanonood sa inyo mga squatters? pasalamat nga kayo ganun din kababaw ang taste nila, pero kung mga mayayaman yan hindi pagtyatyagaan yang channel 2 ba bulok mga show.

    • Maxine Salazar says:

      Classic example ng iskwater na pangangatwiran. Kung lahat tayo ganyan magdahilan, aba, e lahat na tayo mag-squat! Lezgo!

      Seriously, hindi iyan ang punto ni Bianca. Kung may issues ka sa ABS-CBN, dun ka mag-reklamo.

      • jaycee says:

        ampanget naman talagang tignan ang squatter talagang eyesore.remember ang maging squatter ay hindi kagustuhan na ating Maykapal.kaya sana magbago na ng pananaw ang pilipino ibalik na sa probinsya ang mga yan hahahha

    • Kathrinemunoz says:

      Favorite mo gma nho?

    • Min Gianan says:

      Nakaka tuwa ka naman, ang layo naman masyado ng topic mo sa topic dito.

      Tama lang ang sinabi ni Bianca, matagal na tayong nag bubulag bulagan sa mga ginagawa ng mga informal settlers. Malaking pondo ang napupunta para ma ilagay sila sa maayos na mga tirahan…at ano ang ginagawa nila? Binebenta ang bahay at lupa at bumabalik sa pag squat…karamihan sa kanila pinipili na wag mag trabaho o kaya naman pumasok sa trabaho na madali ang pera ngunit madaling maubos kse illegal…karamahian pa sa kanila maraming bisyo kaya ang mga anak imbis mag aral mg aasawa na lang. Kaya paulit ulit lng ang istorya ng buhay…

      Buti naman kahit papano ngayon may nagsalita , at ang mga tao nakinig. Kahit pa negatibo o positibo ang reaksyon kahit papano tinamaan tayong lahat sa sitwasyon.

    • boji says:

      anung kinalaman ng shows ni bianca sa informal settler issue, ang usapan ay ang pag squat hindi shows ni bianca

      Bago tumira sa pag kokomento alamin mo muna sinasabe mo kung may kinalaman sa issue

      • gin says:

        wala lang syang masabi kaya show ni Bianca ang tinira…ha ha ha ha baka LASSSINNNG pa sya sa pagkomento …Peace

    • Cutie says:

      The most stupid comment I’ve seen so far

    • fyi says:

      @mj uchiha….
      halatang naruto fan ka… magbasa ka na lang ng manga… wala kang lugar dito…

    • wewe says:

      bopol ka. period. magsama kayo ng mga bopol na law makers, LINA at PIMENTEL. nagsigawa ng batas na obviously hindi nararapat maging batas, clearly, the laws they passed are obscurely discriminating, these are not laws for the PEOPLE (rich or poor).

  • blah says:

    at yan ang ugaling squatter

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