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Urban poor activist gunned down in Manila, Manila

May 31, 2012

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Unidentified gunmen yesterday shot and killed Ernesto C Gulfo, 52, an activist for urban poor communities in Manila. Gulfo, who also ran a junk shop, was pronounced dead on arrival at Manila Central University Hospital after being shot twice in the chest by two men posing as copper wire sellers. The activist, who headed the Alliance Against Demolition in Malabon City, was a staunch advocate for the rights of informal settlements in the metro area. Members of the alliance said his activities might have had something to do with his killing. On May 21, Gulfo led residents of a slum village in erecting a barricade to prevent its demolition by the government. The city plans to remove at least 1,500 families from the site to make way for the construction of a low-cost housing project under the so-called Community Mortgage Program. The residents have rejected the plan, saying they fear their meager incomes would not be adequate for the mortgage scheme.
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