In sympathy with the victims of typhoon Sendong

Ang Bayan
January 7, 2012

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The Communist Party of the Philippines, the National Democratic Front of the Philippines and the entire revolutionary movement expressed great sadness and extended their sympathies to the residents of Cagayan de Oro City, Iligan City and other areas of Mindanao and the Visayas that had been hit by typhoon Sendong.

To assist the victims, they have ordered Red fighters to join relief and rehabilitation efforts in the affected areas. Northcentral Mindanao declared a ceasefire. In Northeastern Mindanao, the revolutionary movement raised financial and material support from its own members, allies and friends. It obliged mining companies, plantations and other businesses to contribute funds as immediate assistance to the victims and as retribution for their destruction of the environment.

The revolutionary movement condemned the Aquino regime's criminal negligence, saying that the government must be held accountable for its lack of disaster preparedness and its failure to provide immediate relief to the people and rehabilitate the affected areas.

The regime must be taken to task for perpetuating policies that cause widespread flooding and destruction. Multinational corporations must also be held responsible for their role in destroying the environment. More than this, the expansion of these companies must be put to a stop. Instead, there must be genuine land reform. The system of monocropping over thousands of hectares must be ended and the practice of planting basic food crops in these plantations revived.

Big agro-corporations must also stop the practice of using pesticides, fertilizer and other chemicals that damage the soil and cause diseases and other deleterious effects on the people.

All plunderous companies that have seized lands from and driven away millions of people from their farms and ancestral lands must be punished and held accountable for their crimes in accordance with the policies of the people's revolutionary government.