CPP condoles with victims of tropical storms

Information Bureau
Communist Party of the Philippines
August 03, 2012

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today expressed sympathy with  thousands of victims of typhoon Gener which brought torrential rains over the past several days. At least 35 people have died as a result of floods and typhoon-related calamities, mostly poor people living in decrepit urban dwellings especially near creeks and along coastlines, as well as in vast rural areas inundated by swelling rivers.

"As in the past, the most numerous victims of the calamities are the poor unemployed, fisherfolk and peasants who live in flood-prone areas," said the CPP. "Floods following persistent rains over the past few days have wrought havoc on the daily lives and livelihood of the people in Metro Manila, and in the provinces of Bulacan, Bataan, Pampanga, Zambales, Pangasinan as well as provinces in the northern parts of Luzon."

"Unprecedented levels and intensity of floods over the past several years are the cumulative result of the massive environmental destruction and denudation of forests, siltation of rivers and waterways, as well as the absence or decaying state of waste disposal and flood control systems in most of the urban areas," said the CPP.

"The images of people suffering from widespread urban flooding and destruction of their homes and fields stand in stark contrast to the image of 'progress' being painted by the Aquino regime," pointed out the CPP. "Aquino's boast that his government is now prepared for calamities by having relief goods waiting at evacuation centers has fallen flat on its face as many local officials aver that they only have one day's supply."

"The reality is, beyond the fa├žade of Aquino's flowery speeches, his regime is not doing anything substantial to resolve the fundamental issues that cause widespread flooding and those that make the people prone to such calamities," added the CPP.

"The Aquino regime gives priority to the concerns of foreign big mining companies, but not to the concerns of the environment, the poor peasants and minority peoples. It prioritizes the interests of big property developers and its foreign partners, but not the interests of workers and mass of unemployed people residing in urban poor communities who are being driven away from their homes and lands," said the CPP.