College editors slam militarization and state abandonment of typhoon victims

In an interfaith rally a day before the 150th birth anniversary of Andres Bonifacio, campus journalists along with Tulong Kabataan Volunteer Network slammed the Aquino government for allowing large US military presence and abandoning its obligation to provide relief and rehabilitation of Yolanda-wrecked provinces in the Visayas.1470287_10151759184980458_1364686412_n

“The Aquino administration proves its subservience to the United States by justifying the ‘increased rational presence’ of American soldiers in the guise of humanitarian aid,” said Marc Lino Abila, National Secretary General of the College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP).

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) sells basic commodities to typhoon victims through ‘Diskwento Caravan’ instead of giving them aid. “It’s rude and uncharitable considering that the victims lost everything including their livelihood,” said Abila.

“As much as we want to help, the government exploits the humanitarian crisis for politicking and abusing the people,” Abila added. “CEGP and Tulong Kabataan have been calling for government action on the tragedy but the Aquino administration has its attention elsewhere.”

Youth volunteers marched to Mendiola to assert that the people of Leyte, Samar and other parts of Visayas be given adequate and immediate assistance from the government.

“The Philippine government must act now. It is responsible for the welfare of its own people. It is a criminal act not to respond to the people’s needs in time of crisis,” Abila ended.###