By Fr. SANTIAGO SALAS (Ka Sanny)
Spokesperson, NDFP Eastern Visayas Chapter
The National Democratic Front of the Philippines-Eastern Visayas condemns in the strongest possible terms the Aquino regime’s criminal abandonment of the survivors of supertyphoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan), which led to the deaths yesterday, 28 May 2014, of Maria Elisa Ocenar and her six young children in a fire at the “tent city” in San Jose, Tacloban City, Leyte.
“The NDFP-EV sympathizes with the Ocenar family and we join the people in collective outrage at Benigno Simeon Aquino III for his criminal abandonment of the Yolanda survivors,” NDFP-EV spokesperson Fr. Santiago Salas said.
“Who killed Maria Elisa Ocenar and her children Justin, Jacqueline, Jasmine, Dominick, John Mark and Kathleen? We say it is Aquino himself for letting these victims and many other Yolanda survivors live in inhuman conditions six months after supertyphoon Yolanda, despite the outpouring of international humanitarian aid as well as promises of government support.”
Fr. Salas assailed Aquino, who is due to visit Eastern Visayas on 30 May, as a heartless and corrupt criminal who pretends to be facilitating billions of pesos of humanitarian aid for the Yolanda survivors, who in reality are left to fend for themselves.
“Ocenar and the children lived in a tent subject to the elements and a fire hazard as well. They lived on relief donations. The children’s father was working far away in Samar to support his young family. The Ocenar family’s abject situation reflects the conditions among the vast majority of Yolanda survivors in Eastern Visayas. It is half a year after supertyphoon Yolanda but the people are still fighting to stay alive. What else is there to say: the Aquino government does not care about the Yolanda survivors, and it is looting the humanitarian aid and covering up the real plight of the survivors by claiming that everything is all right.”
The NDFP-EV spokesperson called on the people to rise up against the disastrous Aquino regime. “It begs belief that the young Ocenar family, which survived supertyphoon Yolanda, should be killed because the Aquino government is a bigger disaster. The Yolanda survivors, the people, are fuming with rage at the criminal Aquino government over the killing of the Ocenar family. They must bring their rage to the streets. They must demand justice for the Ocenar family and all Yolanda survivors. They must apeal to the international humanitarian agencies to stop aiding the Aquino regime since their help is not reaching the people. They can appeal that international aid still continue but be delivered directly to the communities and the mass organizations of the people.
“They must demand genuine reconstruction after Yolanda based on national sovereignty, economic emancipation and self-reliance. They must shake the Aquino government to its foundations for continuing to lie, steal and oppress. If the people accumulate enough strength, they can bring down the Aquino regime to the same ignominious end as the Marcos and Estrada regimes that it richly deserves.”