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Monday, December 09, 2013

National support for the people of the Philippines

-Joint Statement in support of the people of the Philippines affected by 
Typhoon Hayan:

On 8th November, the typhoon Hayan (known as Yolanda within the country) has
swept some areas of the Philippines to more than 300 kilometers per hour,
with 5 meter high waves, one of the strongest and most disastrous ever seen
to hit the earth.
Right from the start it was clear that the destruction of human beings and
things were striking and now, after more than two weeks, the official
figures speak about 5500 victims, but the wounded are many more of those
admitted at the beginning: more than 26,000. Thousands are still missing and
some international experts say that for the complete reconstruction may take
up to 10 years.
Officially nine million inhabitants, or 10% of the entire population, were
involved in the event, but the UN brings the figure to 13 million. Over four
million are the homeless.
The most affected areas of the archipelago are the islands Leyte, Samar and
Cebu, Negros, Visayas Eastern, Central and Western, about 5 regions and 36
provinces, and in particular the city of Tacloban, coastal and mountain
areas among the poorest in throughout the country, where most are poor
peasants, agricultural workers unemployed, small-scale fishers and
indigenous peoples.
Faced with this tragedy political organizations and trade unions of the
Philippines who fight for the defense of the conditions of life and labor of
the people immediately mobilized carrying out support and calling for a
general mobilization in the country and abroad for proper co-ordination in
order to distribute appropriate help and materials, water, food, shelter,
medical care and aid to rebuild homes, recover farm animals, collection of
tubers to those who have greater and more urgent need of help starting with
the children and the elders. And the Communist Party of the Philippines has
also declared a unilateral ceasefire for two months to allow and facilitate
relief efforts in any way. Appeals to which the government has not yet
The government of the Philippines of President Aquino, despite the
information and alert branched from the Observatory of Manila that said "You
may need a massive evacuation of residential areas on low lands within 8 to
16 km of the coast" has not taken appropriate measures (pompously declared
"zero victims") and then has intervened with considerable delay in rescue,
first allocating insignificant funds for such a catastrophe and on the other
side filling these areas with military bunkers and checkpoints, instead of
immediately building homes and help those affected by the tragedy in areas
too difficult to reach; this behavior has in fact aggravated the general
conditions of affected populations, minimizing inter alia constantly the
number of victims. The anger of these people is mounting as delays become
fatal to save more lives and give immediate responses to the needs of the
moment. On some occasions the President Aquino has had the "courage" to
criticize the Filipinos because they were unprepared! And he is doing an
effusive populist propaganda about the funds that are in his immediate
disposal, such as the President's Social Fund and the Disbursement
Acceleration Program (DAP), which says falsely that he has used for the
relief effort, and is on the contrary an excuse to increase them.

Even in these terrible hours, the Aquino government has not stopped for a
moment to continue to militarize the Mindanao campaigns and across the
country with its operations, such as the one called "Community Organizing
for Peace and Development"(COPD) and to harass (through a real war of
extermination through the operation that bears the name of "Oplan
Bayanihan" - increasing the firepower on the field and diverting millions of
dollars in money and means of the state) the activists of the Communist
Party of the Philippines that in theses areas is present with different
people's local governments. The government, thanks also to an enslaved
press, continued to use the farce of the attacks suffered and clashes with
fighters to denigrate the people's war, especially in areas that have been
virtually abandoned by the reactionary government.
The government is pursuing this militarization of aid in Haiti style, even
allowing for the armed forces of the United States to intervene directly in
the affected areas. The U.S. imperialists are once again taking advantage of
the tragedy to intensify in a "legitimate" way the presence in the area that
has entered into their strategy which they gave the name of "Asia Pivot"
(Asia at the centre). In fact they have deployed in the Philippines no less
than six warships including the flagship of the U.S., the aircraft carrier
George Washington, which carries at least 80 fighter jets and helicopter, in
addition to 5000 marines. The aircraft carrier will be accompanied by the
USS Antietam, USS Coepwns, USS Mustin, from the cruiser with guided missiles
Lasses. Other U.S. military are moving from ports in the area such as Hong
Kong toward the Philippines and are invading the capital and took over the
airport in Tacloban. American imperialism keeps for many years an
extraordinary military presence in the area and considers the Philippines a
more "own backyard".
Even British imperialism has sent the warship HMS Daring and a Boeing C-17
for military transport.
Imperialism takes every opportunity to strengthen its military presence and
gain control of strategic areas to protect the profits of multinational
The power never seen of this typhoon also caused by environmental
destruction going on in the world, and especially in the Philippines made up
of savage deforestation to make way for agribusiness and mining that enrich
the masters of the world and impoverish and leave in inhumane conditions
amount impressive populations, has devastated millions of people who now
have to raise again, focusing on their strengths and on a genuine
international solidarity that knows how to target aid in the reconstruction
of houses and living conditions.
The solidarity we express is to support the dignity of a people conscious
that must struggle to recover and get rid of parasites internal and at
international level.
We express solidarity capable of strongly denounce military interventionism
of the Aquino government against its own population and that of imperialism,
the United States first.
For this it will need to engage in a campaign of denunciation and
information as wide as possible to bring to the proletariat of the
imperialist countries and around the world.
It is with this kind of solidarity in the heart that we express the maximum
proximity, at this particular moment, to the masses of the Philippines who
have suffered this terrible tragedy.

Atik - turkye/Europe
Slai Cobas per il sindacato di classe - Italy
Frap - France

Address for Relief:
NDFP International Information Office in The Netherlands:
Account number 39 45 70 642
Bank branch: Utrecht, The Netherlands
IBAN NL 70 RABO 0394 5706 42
Please put "Haiyan/Yoland Relief Funds"

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