AN alliance of disaster survivors on Thursday remained firm in its call to frustrate the political ambitions of Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas because of his alleged insensitivity to the plight of Yolanda victims.
People Surge, composed of thousands of typhoon survivors from Eastern Visayas, made this assurance 10 days before the second anniversary of super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).
The group will have a series of commemorative events and protest actions from November 1 to November 8 in Tacloban City.
“On the second anniversary of Yolanda, lighted candles may no longer be enough,” Marissa Cabaljao, the group’s secretary general, said in a statement.
“We must organize an escalated action strengthening our broad networks to pressure our own inept government as well as the world’s top 200 corporate giants amassing wealth from carbon pollution and social exploitation,” she added.
People Surge said Roxas—then the Interior Secretary—has been notorious after he was caught in video tactlessly implying that assistance is confronted with red tape because the Tacloban City Mayor is a political foe of President Benigno Aquino 3rd.
The group said that a vote against Roxas is a vote for accountability.
People Surge expressed fears that disaster funds will be used by those who hold the purse to campaign for Roxas.
Cabaljao also took a swipe at the shelter assistance provided by the government.
People Surge said that in Tanauan town alone in Leyte province, 4,468 families should have received P30,000 but each household only got P10,000.
“The government’s criminal negligence exacerbated by its seemingly deliberate milking of rehabilitation funds, its slow and inefficient rehabilitation program, its fascist response to our legitimate demands, its aggressive tolerance of imperialist plunder, is a huge disaster in itself. Two years of injustice is long enough. We dare not extend more years of corruption and oppression by electing Mar Roxas, the poster boy of gross incompetence and implementer of Noynoy Aquino’s brand of deceptive and anti-people leadership, as the next champion of tuwad na daan,” the group said.