Malacañang to study actions on alleged sale of Pandi units by Kadamay

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 1) — Malacanang is now studying its options following reports that members of the urban poor group Kadamay are renting out housing units they had earlier occupied.

President Rodrigo Duterte allowed Kadamay members to occupy the units in Pandi, Bulacan in April last year. The units were initially built for police and military personnel and Kadamay members lived in these units without authorization.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the President allowed Kadamay to take the units because they deserve to have houses too — not so they could make money.

"Kung mave-verify itong report na ito na hindi naman pala nila ginagamit bilang bahay itong mga inoccupy nila, eh titignan naman po natin ang option dahil hindi naman dapat pagkakitaan yung binigay na ni Presidente," Roque said on Thursday.

[Translation: If we verify these reports that they are not using (the houses)... we'll look at our options, because they shouldn't make money out of something the President gave them.]

In a video on Facebook posted on January 29, the National Housing Authority said it "consistently receives" information that Kadamay occupants in Pandi, Bulacan are selling their property.

"Some occupants own multiple properties and sell them to potential buyers who are then given the membership of Kadamay for them to legitimately take the housing unit," the post read.

In a statement on Tuesday, Kadamay said it was looking into the report and it would "implement the appropriate actions to halt and prevent these types of transactions."

However, it also said the blame on its organization had been "blown out of proportion," while government agencies were not held accountable for their own lapses in housing.

"(It's) almost as if Kadamay is an organization that must be put on a public trial every time something out of line happens," the statement read.

"Rest assured that we will police our ranks and implement our own organizational matters through the mass participation of communities and its members," it added.

CNN Philippines Correspondent Ina Andolong and multi-platform writer Regine Cabato contributed to this story.