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Official newsletter of the Center for Nationalist Studies (CNS) in UP-Diliman Volume 2013 No. 1 Nov 10-16
GOVERNMENT INcompetency - CNS T
he people of Eastern Visayas had been struck twice by deadly diasters: first, which is the wrath of the supertyphoon Yolanda, which is possibly the strongest typhoon in recorded history reaching a maximum sustained winds of 315 kph; and second, which is the incompentency of the imperialist-puppet US-Aquino regime to its constituents, which is by far more deadlier. About 9 million Filipinos, or about 10% of the population have been affected by the disaster that killed an estimate of 10 to 20 thousand Filipinos, with the death toll continuing to rise as food and water supply dwindles. The Philippines is an archipelagic nation located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, where typhoons are formed. Thus, it is not new to us, the Filipino people, that Typhoons often pass through us, especially during the rainy season or from May to November. Therefore, the Philippine government should have already implemented plans for disaster preparedness long ago in order to lessen the worsening effects of natural calamities. It is true that climate change have contributed to the increasing forces of natural calamities. However, its effect are far lesser than the crippling governance currently implemented. Instead of implementing plans for the nationalization of light and heavy industries and genuine agrarian reform in order to provide sustainable and non-speculative economy, the puppet regime continues to save its face.
Even now, President Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" Aquino III continues to save face through explaining that the disaster is not as worse as what the media "hypes" up, however, it is clear that the whole Eastern Visayas was badly devastated, as confirmed by sev-
eral national and major international media organizations. The government's relief operations is as futile as preventing the sun from rising; a 86-year old man died while waiting outside the airport of Tacloban City due to hunger. In the recent statement by the government, relief goods are vast and have already reached the people, but if that were true, why would this happen? As far-fetched as it may seem, even relief goods from international organizations are taxed by the government. These
UP community lead by the UP Scrap The Pork (STP) held an ecumenical mass and candle-lighting activity for the victims of the supertyphoon Yolanda during the International Day of Solidarity last Wednesday, November 13.
taxes would only be removed if it will be given to the Department of Social Work and Development (DSWD), which in the past, such as during Typhoon Pablo which hit Mindanao, have hoarded these goods. This is the character of the government, where other small business have already provided help such as providing free flights for volunteers Because of hunger and desperation, some have already resorted to looting goods. However, we must not view them from the standpoint of an oppressor but from their own shoes; surely, even us would resort to this method during these critical situations in order to survive. During these times when we could not depend on the government to perform its duty, the people must therefore collectively
act for the betterment of the people. We shall organize ourselves and join progressive and militant organizations in order to provide not just band-aid solutions but for long-term development. Where is PNoy now during these times? Definitely not where the people needs him, but in the ivory tower of the bourgeoise, swimming in billions of pesos from ill-gotten wealth. Time and time again that the realities disprove the governments's lies: last month, PNoy defended his unconstitutional Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), or more commonly known as Pork Barrel which also includes the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), by stating that these are used for economic stimulus and immediate assistance. However, it is clear
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that these do not go to the people, or else more than relief should have already been underway. Thus, we, the Center for Nationalist Studies, joins the call of the people for immediate relief and sustainable rehabilitation and development of the devastated areas. We also call to the people to volunteer in the ongoing relief operations, one of which is the Tulong Kabataan at Vinzons Hall. They badly need food, such as rice, canned goods, instant noodles, potable drinking water and toiletries. They also need medicines, sleeping materials, water purifying tablets and other items. ISKOLAR NG BAYAN, SERVE THE PEOPLE, JOIN CNS! IMMEDIATE RELIEF TO THE VICTIMS OF YOLANDA NOW! STOP POLITICKING AND VICTIM-BLAMING!
luisita massacre, n commemorated e
Nine years after the dead- w ly massacre in Hacienda Luisita s where forces from the military and the private army of the Cojuangcos killed 9 peasants and injured 42 more, justice have not yet been served. Militant peasants under the banner of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas protested in front of the house of President Aquino in Times St. and in the Supreme Court of the Philippines (SC), urging the government to enforce the decision of the SC to distribute the whole of Hacienda Luisita to the toiling masses. In the recent years, a large part of Hacienda Luisita have been already redeveloped into a mall, a subdivision or fenced off to prevent the distribution.
YOUTH RELIEF OPERATIONS, ONGOING
Y o u t h and students of the University of the Philippines-Diliman lead by the Office of the Student Regent of UP System, Kabataan Partylist and the Student Alliance for the Advancement of Democratic Rights in UP (STAND UP) A volunteer folds clothes in the ongoing Tulong Kabatatogether with its an Relief Operations for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda affiliate organizations hold relief op- from the government and other orerations for the victims of Typhoon ganizations have not yet reached. Yolanda in UP Diliman and other Tulong Kabataan ensures that the universities and communities na- goods will be delivered through Tulong Kabataan operations in Sorsotionwide. Called Tulong Kabataan, gon and Cebu which are provinces “The operations aims not just to de- near Eastern Visayas. “We call for additional supliver relief goods but to help rebuild and rehabilitate the areas through port and donations for the victims. sustainable development and gen- However, we shall continue to call uine social change,” said Athena for long-term disaster preparedness Gardon of Kabataan Partylist. “The to prevent this from happening in poor, including small peasants, fish- the future through genuine social erfolk, settlers, indigenous peoples change,” ended Gardon. Tulong Kabataan is still onand workers, are the most affected by these disasters. We call to the going at the lobby of Vinzons Hall government to stop politicking and (in front of the Sunken Garden). victim-blaming and to provide im- Each relief good includes rice, mediate relief now. The worsening canned goods, used clothes, potable effect of the Typhoon could have drinking water and toiletries. D o been prevented shall the govern- nations may also include medicines, ment implemented programs for di- blankets, water purifying tablets and saster preparedness,” added Gardon. cash. CNS is a member organiza Tulong Kabataan will send the relief goods to the far-flung ar- tion of STAND UP and an affiliate eas of Leyte and Samar where help organization of Kabataan Partylist.
guerillas declare ceasefire in yolanda-hit zones In a press release yesterday, November 14, the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New People’s Army (NPA), the CPP’s armed winged, declared an unilateral agreement to cease all its military operations in its regional command Eastern Visayas, Panay, Central Visayas and Negros and its provincial command in Masbate, Palawan and Mindoro. Starting on November 9, CPP declared ceasefire in order to prepare the people under their revolutionary government in guerrilla zones. They order the aforementioned military commands to carry out organized relief efforts and help in rebuilding the devastated areas. According to them, all local and international relief organizations are assured of safe passage from the NPA into the affected guerrilla zones. They demand that the Armed Forces of the Philippines to also declare ceasefire, to withdraw its armed personnel within the area of their revolutionary government and let civilian agencies carry out relief operations. Established in 1968, the CPP-NPA has continued their armed revolution and will mark their 45th anniversary next month. They are mostly composed of the poor who have taken up arms against the reactionary government. The ceasefire will last up to the 24th of November.
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Using the devastation brought by The supertyphoon Yolanda as its front, the imperialist United States of America strengthens its hold to the Philippines by deploying no less than six warships, including the flagship USS George Washington, carrying about 80 fighter jets, war helicopters and about 5,000 soldiers. The large number of troops present is an effect of the increasing foreign intervention in the Philippines. Dubbed as its
“Asia pivot”, these troops violate our national sovereignty as an independent state and is a direct indication of the semi-colonial characteristic of the political structure in the Philippines International support is utmost welcomed during these times; however, foreign government should send their relief efforts through sending non-armed civilian personnel instead of their armed troops in respect to our national patrimony and sovereignty.
Sunrise at a peasant community in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan. Peasant communities such as this are the most affected and devastated by natural calamities.