At the height of Typhoon Rolly’s onslaught in Calabarzon, a fire was raging at a fishing community in Bacoor, Cavite. Good thing a forced evacuation prior to the typhoon was placed, saving the families from the inferno. Now the same people are asking the question: was the fire done deliberately while everyone was away?

The community sits on an area proposed for a massive development project, and the local government wants them out. Residents and urban poor welfare groups believe there is no effective and speedy way to rid the place of settlers than setting it on fire.

Remains of a fishing community burned to the ground by a fourth-alarm fire November 1, 2020.


Barangay Sineguelasan residents view the wreckage from a basketball gym.


Firefighters had to break a wall for access to the inferno.
A fortunate family whose house was left standing after the smoke cleared.
Skeletal remains of a two-wheeler.


Erstwhile Barangay Sineguelasan, Bacoor, Cavite.

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