By CPP Information Bureau
The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) commiserates with hundreds of thousands of victims of widespread floods and landslides in large parts of Mindanao and parts of the Visayas resulting in damage to properties and crops and further economic hardships to the people.
A low pressure area has caused continuous rains which have lasted for more than a week. The non-stop rains resulted in swelling of overly-silted rivers flooding residential areas, agricultural fields, roads and other infrastructure. Among the areas flooded are the fields where victims of the recent supertyphoon Yolanda have set up tents.
According to reports by concerned units of the CPP and commands of the New People’s Army, local Party branches and NPA Red fighters, barrio (village) and inter-barrio revolutionary committees and mass organizations have been mobilized to extend emergency assistance to the people victimized by the calamity.
The CPP said the widespread floods is a result of the massive deforestation of Mindanao, and the siltation of rivers and other water systems. The grave destruction of the environment is a result of continuing large-scale logging, mining and plantation operations which started since the advent of US colonial rule.
“The past and current Philippine governments should be made responsible for the massive environmental destruction in Mindanao and the rest of the country,” said the CPP. “Up to now, the reactionary Aquino regime continues to encourage the entry of foreign big capitalists to engage in the destruction and plunder of the environment. Nor has the Aquino regime engaged in any form of environmental regeneration to prevent the destructive effects of rains.”
“It is thus completely just and necessary for the victims of the calamity to demand compensation in the form of emergency food rations, economic assistance and economic reparations. They must make the Aquino regime responsible for its failure to guarantee the safety and security of the people against the floods and landslides,” said the CPP.
“They must condemn the continuing pro-mining, pro-plantation and pro-logging policy of the Aquino regime and struggle vigorously to drive away the large-scale plunderers and destructors of the environment and the people’s livelihood,” said the CPP.
“They must expose the bureaucratic anomalies in relief and rehabilitation work and echo the appeal for foreign governments and international aid organizations to avoid coursing their assistance to the corruption-infested Aquino regime,” said the CPP. “The people must build their autonomous civil defense and disaster response organizations to facilitate the entry of international aid that are extended directly to the ground.”
“For its part, the revolutionary forces are being mobilized to carry-out relief work in the areas affected by the flooding and landslides. The revolutionary committees under the people’s democratic government are tasked to facilitate the entry and distribution of emergency supplies to the affected areas,” said the CPP. “People in villages with communal farms administered by their own revolutionary government who have surplus harvests to spare can extend emergency food assistance to other affected villages,” pointed out the CPP.