CPP-NPA assists flood victims in Mindanao

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY—The Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) have mobilized its units and mass organizations in areas affected by widespread flooding due to heavy rains brought about by the tail-end of a cold front.

“Given the severity of the damage wrought by these recent disasters upon the masses, the revolutionary forces in flood and landslide-affected areas are prioritizing disaster and relief operations in order to ensure the safety of communities and help affected families recover from the calamities,” Marco Valbuena, CPP media officer, said in an emailed statement.

Valbuena said that the widespread flooding in Caraga and Northern Mindanao only strengthen the CPP-NPA’s resolve and underscore the need “to oppose environmentally destructive large-scale mining and logging operations which have caused massive forest denudation and siltation of waterways.”

During its 42nd founding celebration on December 26, 2010, Jorge “Ka Oris” Madlos, the CPP-NPA-NDF’s Northeastern Mindanao Regional Party Committee leader, announced the insurgents’ policy banning all enterprises,
including big foreign mining and logging firms, that engage in large-scale plunder of the natural resources, land grabbing and destruction of the environment.

“The policy calls for the people’s democratic government to ban, disable and dismantle such firms which violate the welfare and interests of the people and disregard the rules and regulations of the people’s democratic
government. These firms also connive with and use the fascist armed forces and paramilitary to protect their plunderous interests and fight the revolutionary forces. These, hostile, destructive and anti-people enterprises should, in fact, be expelled,” Valbuena said in an earlier emailed press statement.

Latest report from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) quoted its officer in charge Graciano Yumul Jr. as having said that the weather bureau is zeroing in on the
Caraga region because of the “abnormal” rains there.

Caraga is composed of the provinces of Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Agusan del Norte, and Dinagat Island.

“We are guarding the whole Caraga region and we are extending it to Misamis Oriental and Bukidnon,” Yumul said, adding that “the rain band stretches from Southern Leyte to Misamis Oriental. The tail end of the cold front is expected to move up to Bicol on Thursday.”

In Surigao del Sur, Vice Governor Santiago Cane Jr. reported that more than 18,000 families or 50,000 people have been affected by floods due to continuous rains since Sunday.

In Surigao del Norte, provincial government officials were considering declaring the province under a state of calamity.

Butuan City in Agusan del Norte had earlier been placed under a state of calamity. Albus D. Estabas


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