A year after typhoon Yolanda struck the Philippines, campus journalists, with other youth groups, commemorated the calamity with a mud people march from Morayta to Mendiola on November 7.
Said groups denounce President Benigno S. Aquino III’s gross neglect for the needs of the victims of super typhoon Yolanda, who, until now, are suffering from the aftermaths of said typhoon.
“Until now, Yolanda victims are starving, with meager, rotten, or even no relief goods handed to them. The bunkhouses provided to them are substandard, and could be easily destroyed should another typhoon come. Where is the government in all of these?” questioned Marc Lino Abila, National President of the College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP).
Some victims from Eastern Visayas claim that a year after the typhoon ravaged the Philippines, only a few received aid from the government.
“Despite the abundant amount of international aid after Yolanda’s onslaught, it seems that only a mere trickle is given to the people. There is a need to question then, the worsening corruption and constant lies committed by Aquino and his political allies, particularly Sec. Dinky Soliman of the Department of Social Welfare and Development and Sec. Mar Roxas of Department of Internal and Local Government, as they are responsible in taking care of immediate and long-term solutions for calamities such as this,” stated Abila.
In light of this neglect, CEGP calls out justice for the victims of typhoon Yolanda.
“Aquino’s administration should be held accountable as this is obviously a case of gross negligence to the people. We call on all campus journalists and youth groups to help us in seeking out justice for the victims of state neglect, especially the victims of typhoon Yolanda,” said Abila.###