This is the picketline that residents put up to guard against any illegal demolitions. On July 23, security guards of the Araneta-owned Carmel Development Inc. attacked the picketline, shot two people dead and wounded four others.

Sobra naman ang mga Araneta. Ang dami na nilang lupa. Ang yaman na nila. Bakit pati itong kapirasong lupa namin gusto pa nilang kunin? Pinatay na nila ang anak ko. Maawa naman sila sa amin.

This heart wrenching lament, told to me by a sobbing, grey-haired mother in front of her son’s dead body, sums up the anguish of 40,000 residents of Pangarap Village, a 156-hectare property in Caloocan City now being claimed by Greggy Araneta’s Carmel Development, Incorporated (CDI).

Nanay Teresita Gomez has lived in Pangarap for the past 44 years. Her youngest son, Sol, was shot dead by security guards of CDI last July 23 when they broke up a picketline set up by residents opposing the company’s moves to evict them.

Nanay Teresita, like most mothers here, is the wife of a former soldier who was granted a lot in this place under Marcos’ Presidential Decree No. 293, setting aside a small portion of the 7,000-hectare Tala estate claimed by the Araneta family to be used for housing for government employees, including members of the Armed Forces and the Presidential Security Group.

Assured of tenure, Nanay Teresita and her fellow beneficiaries built permanent homes, obtained titles to their properties and paid real estate taxes, as good citizens do. Schools, churches and various public facilities were eventually built, barangay units were established, and elections regularly held in the area.

In other words, Pangarap Village had developed into a vibrant community of poor and middle-income families. Nanay Teresita bore all her 10 children here. Sol, her fifth child, worked as a tricycle driver and operated a neighborshood eatery.

Sadly, their “pangarap” of having their own homes and building an ideal community became a nightmare when the Supreme Court ruled recently that the land still belongs to CDI. The ruling upholds an earlier ruling by the Court of Appeals that reversed the Regional Trial Court’s ruling favoring the government and the Pangarap residents.

Armed with the SC decision, CDI recently started moves to evict the residents of Pangarap without benefit of a court order and in violation of the Urban Development and Housing Act (UDHA). Early this year, CDI’s armed security guards put up gates and checkpoints in and around the village.

Last April, demolition teams with rifle-bearing escorts arrived in the dead of night to destroy a number of houses. In response, residents started holding nightly vigils to guard against the intrusions and illegal demolitions. On April 28, four security guards of the Securicor Agency fired at the residents, wounding four.

The worst incident happened last week. At 6 a.m. on July 23, CDI security guards, armed with shotguns, M-16 and M-14 rifles attacked and shot at a picketline. Witnesses say it was just like in the movies, with the bad guys firing away like there was no tomorrow and the victims scampering away like rats.

Killed were Sol Gomez, who at the time he was shot was a few meters away from the barangay hall, texting his fellow residents for help. Also shot and killed was another long time resident, Rommel Portades, who was taking pictures and video footages of the attack. It was his footages that were later used by television stations to show the attack.

Wounded by gunfire were residents Diosdado Cacal, Henry Abaygar, Ricardo Calison, a certain de la Cruz and two others who refused to be identified in fear of their lives.

Four CDI security guards were later arrested but many more remain at large, including security head Mike Tome. The firearms surrendered to the police by CDI did not inlcude the M-16 and M-14 rifles whose bullet fragments were found in the bodies of those killed and wounded.

At present, what matters most to Nanay Teresita is that her son’s killers are brought to justice. But in her heart, she fears that more blood will be spilt, more lives will be lost.

In the end, this is not about who holds a title or who won in what court. For Nanay Teresita, its just that the Aranetas are insatiable and that society doesn’t seem to mind as more dreams turn into nightmares in this paradise that they have come to know and love as Pangarap Village.#

20 thoughts on “Nightmare in Pangarap Village

  1. hindi po ba pwede idaan sa usapan?bakit kailangan magbuwis ng buhay?paano na ang pamilya ng mga nasawi? hindi ko po alam kung saan gagamitin ng mga araneta ang lupa pero mga sir, mga maam, pwede po b ipaubaya na sa mga naninirahang naghihikahos s buhay na mamamayan ng pangarap village ang kanilang naging komunidad sa mahabang panahon?

    • nung nakaraang election, nanalo si bong bong marcos sa lugar ng pangarap village, sa pag asang BAKA makatulong siya sa pakiusap ng mga mamamayan ng pangarap na huwag na kunin ng bro. in-law niya ang lupa, pero walang nangyayari, nasayang ang boto ng mga tao. dito pa naman sa pangarap ang isa sa naging HQ ni bong bong at manny villar

  2. Sobrang ikinabahala ko din po ang nangyari s pangarap village dhl may kamag-anak po akong matagal nang nakatira dun at saksi din sila s pambabaril n gnwa ng mga Security guard ng mga Araneta.Dapat po ay makialam n ang ating gobyerno dito dhil s marahas n pangyayaring ito na hindi n tao ang turing nila s mga nkatira d2.Hinihiling ko po ang katarungan at kaligtasan pra s knila.

  3. He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he thereby become a monster. ~Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil

    I am more afraid of the aftermath of this incident. It will be no surprise if people, particularly the youth, who have witnessed this tragic event become mad people too. It’s a shame. Justice is indeed an illusion–reality speaks.

    Let’s us do whatever we can in order to contribute for the prosperity. That is the least thing we can do.

  4. yan po ang nakakalungkot na katotohanan dito sa ating bansa. ang mga mahihirap kung ituring ng mga ganid na mayayaman, parang mga hayop na walang puwang sa mundo. sobrang ganid na kung tutuusin sila ang tunay na SALOT ng bayan

  5. I agree that for us Filipinos, who are mere slaves to our fellow Filipinos who have power and money are just hoping for nothing. Indeed justice is an illusion for us…something that we could not have unless we also become monsters of society, like these greedy businessmen, corrupt government officals and politicians

  6. Will spread this post around. It’s just too bad people don’t know how to share. Aren’t the rich taught in their prestigious pre-schools that it’s best to share?

  7. wag sana magkaroon ng civil unrest sa ating bansa. kung saan lahat ng mamamayan magalit na ng husto sa mga kurakot sa politiko na yan at govt officals ganun din sa ganid na mga businessmen…kung para sa akin, magkiisa sana ang mga Pilipino na wag na bumuto sa sunod na election dahil wala naman pagbabago. niloloko lang natin ang ating sarili sa pagpikla sa mga presinto para bumoto, pero pagkatapos gagaguhin lang tayo ng mga politiko na yan. eh kung tutuusin, hndi magkakaroon ng mga alitang ganito sa hanay ng mahihirap at mayayaman kung ang mga SALOT na politiko na yan pinapatupad ng tama ang batas. Lahat ng mga problema ng ating bansa iisa lang ang ugat, ang kawalan ng respeto ng mga pesteng politiko na yan sa mga tao at sa bayan, ginagawa nilang minahan ang kaban ng bayan. They are the true crminals of our society.

    • Sana magkaroon ng Civil Unrest! dito lang makukuha at maa appreciate ng pilipino ang kanilang kalayaan. kung susubaybayan mo ang history ng mga matatatag na bansa sa Europe, sa Asia at sa America, at kung bakit matibay ang kanilang social structure at governance ay dahil mahal na mahal ng mga tao ang kanilang gobyerno at kalayaan. bakit? dahil pinagbayaran ito ng luha, pawis at dugo ng kanilang mga magulang.

      ang mga pulitikong gumamit sa pangarap village ay nasa payroll ng mga araneta. sa mga araneta (lalu na jan kay greggy araneta na asawa ni irene marcos) ang nagtatago ng mga ill-gotten wealth ng mga marcos kumbakit nila napagawa at napaganda ang araneta center.perang ninakaw ng mga pilipino ang ginamit nila para sila yumaman. kahit ako, pag nagnakaw ako sa cityhall ng pera na pangsimula sa negosyo ko, puwede rin akong yumaman at ang akala ng mga tao eh mula yon sa pagsisikap ko. yun pala, ninakaw ko ang pera ng mga tao para makapag negosyo. ganyan ang mga araneta. pero mamamatay din naman tayong lahat. mas mabuti lang mamatay ng lumalaban. ilang ba ang buhay ng mga tiga pangarap village? ilan din ba ang buhay ni greggy araneta?

  8. Thank you Congressman for this exposition. I hope many people will get to know our plight here in Pangarap Village. I appreciate all your efforts and it’s sad that we have not even felt the presence of our own Congressman and Mayor here.

    Nonetheless, we feel your overwhelming support and your courage in fighting what’s just and fair.

    Mabuhay po kayo.

  9. congressman teddy casino,isa po ako na taga pangarap im here in saudi arabia in fact my brother was one of the most active and supporter of pangarap residence nangangamba po ako sa buhay nya i called him up yesterday and he told me that he is in the hitlist of gregy,sir may 8 anak kapatid ko ako nga po ang sumosuporta sa kanila sana po maayos agad ito ayaw po namin humantong sa magulong at sa madugong pakikibaka hangad po namin yung maayos at mahinahong pag uusap umaasa po kami na isa po kayo na masugid na tututukan ang problema ng mga residente ng pangarap salamat po at mabuhay po kayo

  10. bata lang ako pero nakita ko n mga nangyare. matagal n nkatira ang pamilya ko dito sa pangarap. bakit kailangan pa guluhin ni araneta ang masaya naming pamumuhay, dahil ba mayaman sya? marami syang pera at kaya nya gawin lahat. naawa po ako sa namatay at nasugatan. dadalhin ko po ang masasamang alaalang ito hanggang sa aking pag tanda…

  11. nakakainis yung mga hinayupak n mga taga bundok n gwardya ni araneta bkit hindi nlang nila pagtuunan ng pancn ang pagtatanim ng kamote!!!!! mga hayop basta lng b pgbinigyan k n ng baril ? ok knb kumitil ng buhay ng tao !! sana magkaron ng hustisya!!!!

  12. wala ng magawa sa pera nya kaya buhay ng iba ang pinagtitripan ng Araneta na yan..buti buhay pa kayo ng pamilya mo,Araneta,kapatid ka ba ng Demonyo?iisa nga lang yta pinanggalingan nyo..kawawa nmn kyo..kay marame din ang umaalis ng bansa naten e,hindi lang dahil marame trabaho sa ibang bansa kundi,pakiramdam nila mas ligtas dun at pantay pantay ang mga tao..kaya palubog ng palubong ang bansa simula ng namatay si Marcos e,marame kasi ang sumulpot na mga ganid,na nais kamkamin ang mga lupa na ibinigay nya sa mahihirap at mga Pilipino na nagsisilbi para sa Bayan..nasan na ang mga anak mo Marcos?mukhang walang nagmana sayo,naging ganid na rin sila tulad ng iba..

  13. To Whom it may concern: To all politicians who used Pangarap Village people for long long …years let’s see if you can do something about this. To Greg Araneta hindi ka na mag hihirap kahit kailan alam namin na alam mo yan. But if you will continue giving the sufferings of people of Pangarap at the end you will be the one to loose. You may have the richness in your own world but there will never be happiness in your heart. To the people of Pangarap and to the people who used to live in Pangarap my heart is with you, I feel for you, and I will pray for you. I may not be there with you but I will continue to fight for you in my own way.

    • maraming salamat po. ang masakit pati anak kong 4year old, babae may trauma na sa mga nangyari, last oct.20,2011, nakarecieve kami ng letter from carmel giving us 15 days satarting that day na umalis or else may mangyayari, anak ko tanong ng tanong san kmi titira…pati dalawang pinsan niya na 8 and 3 year old alam ang nangyayari, pag may putok ng baril kami naririnig, ang bukambibig ng mga bata “hala, si araneta”.. i am 31 years old now, kinder palang ako dito pinapaalis na kami ni araneta. kung kanya talaga ito noon pa sana niya nakuha. yung mga pulitiko naman na si asistio, malonzo, at ngayon echiveri, wala magawa. puro pangako. baranggay nmin magulo dahil yung naelect na brgy. captain hindi gusto ni echiveri kaya pinaalis, yung namumuno ngayon, duwag naman. mabuti may teddy casino at kaparian na tumutulong saamin.

  14. in this miserable third world country called the Philippines, given 2 persons, a rich and a poor who claims the same piece of land, both having their own respective land titles, who would you think would likely win and get the property? the rich? or the poor? of course the rich like greggy araneta always win. especially if most if not all of the marcos ill-gotten wealth ay napunta sa mga araneta. yun nga ang pinagpagawa nila ng araneta center sa cubao kaya gumanda. people of the philippines, follow the money!

  15. si araneta wala nang magawa sa pera nya kaya pati ung mga pagmamayari ng mga nananahimik na residente e, ginugulo nya.. Ang gawng ganito ay isang gawang demonyo… Guys! magingat tayo dahil si araneta ay isang DEMONYO!!!!!!! sure ako pag namatay siya sa impyerno din and punta niya!!

  16. my family also lives there in Pangarap..don’t worry Mr. Araneta pgkmtay mo ililibing k din sa mga lupang kinakamkam mo. Nsan na ang hustisya?eleksyon na naman..pra san pa ang boto ng taong bayan, kung ang mga naeelect na tao ay wla din mgwa pra sa mga mhihirap n walang laban?God gave the politicians and leaders relative powers to bring balance sa buhay ng mga tao. Balance means equal treatment sa myyman at mhrap. But the way I see things, ang gobyerno ntin pra lng sa myyman.Ngttka ko bkit wlang equality, sa bndang huli pare parehas lng nmn tyo mamamatay.. Pgicpan nyo mga businessman at entrepreneurs, san gling mga pera nyo mga ganid?diba sa mga consumers na middle class at mga mhihirap n pg kumita khit konti pinplit mktugon sa needs nila..kung wla ang mga consumers wla din kyo..Para san p ang btas?bkit pa my titulo ng lupa kung wla din pla silbi un?Wag nyo masyado smntlhin binigay ng Diyos ng power sa inyo na mamuno, ksi sndling pnahon nlng mwwala na din yan sa inyo.. Pksaya kayo but not for too long.. Because God will put at end to all sufferings and griefs that you have cause to people..sisingilin sa inyo ng Diyos ang buhay n nwala dhil sa pgiging sakim nyo.. at sa araw n un.. mgsisilbi nlng kyong alikabok at pataba sa lupa.. Pity you Mr. Araneta. You are already cursed. pti pmilya mo dmay pa sa kasakiman mo. kung khit konti naniniwala ka sa Diyos, tigilan mo na ang kskiman mo dhil sisingilin din sayo yan lhat, at wlang mtitira sayo..

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