PANDI, Bulacan — No rising tensions are being monitored in the Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay)-occupied housing units in this town after members of a breakaway faction allay fears of being ejected from the housing units they have occupied.
Senior Supt. Chito Bersaluna, acting Bulacan police director, said that the Bulacan Police is constantly monitoring the actions of the two groups.
“As of now, no tensions are being monitored in the occupied housing units of the Kadamay members in Pandi as both groups are still assessing each other,” Bersaluna said.
He added that there are also reports that Kadamay officials and leaders of the breakaway faction are still trying to reconcile their differences.
Recently, the break-away faction accused Kadamay officials of manipulating its members and exposed alleged corrupt practices of the pro-urban poor organization.
Jeffrey Aris, the leader of the breakaway faction claiming to have 300 members was allegedly quoted as saying in news reports that “shelling out money for what they call as “lakbayin” or rally wasn’t voluntary. It’s either you cough up or face the specter of threats and harassment from Kadamay officials and their henchmen.”
On the other hand, Pat Tupas, chairperson of Kadamay in Pandi said in a text message that the misunderstandings between the two groups started when Aris who was one of their leaders in Pandi was demoted in rank for harassing their members when drunk and is also accused of firing a gun and allegedly for killing someone.
Kadamay does not tolerate such actions that are why Aris’s rank was demoted, Tupas said and pointed out that the break-away faction has only 30 members and not 300. (RONDA Balita Online News)