NDF assures relief workers of safe pass through areas hit by Pablo



DAVAO CITY, Philippines – The National Democratic Front (NDF) has assured relief volunteers of their safety in hinterland villages devastated by typhoon “Pablo.”

This as Jorge Madlos alias Ka Oris, spokesperson of the NDF, said many residents have not received relief assistance from either private or government organizations.

“They don’t have to be afraid. They are free to go there,” Madlos told the Philippine Daily Inquirer by phone on the occasion of the CPP’s founding anniversary Wednesday.

The rebel group said it has decided to forego with their annual gathering in solidarity with those who were affected by the typhoon.

“They (relief volunteers) can be assured that no untoward incident will happen to them, provided that they won’t bring any military with them,” Madlos said, adding that they have already instructed their comrades to facilitate those who wish to go to affected villages for relief distribution.

The rebels have also declared a ceasefire during the holiday season.

“We also told our forces not to launch any tactical offensive,” Madlos said.

He said typhoon Pablo created “a crisis so great” in the affected province of Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley that thousands of families have been bereft of livelihood.

“So we really need to help each other,” he said.

He said several areas in remote hinterlands have not received relief goods.

“We see helicopters dropping off relief goods, but still there are lot of affected families who were not able to receive any,” he said.

Madlos said some of their comrades sustained injuries during the onslaught of the storm, but nobody died.

He said New People’s Army members went out to help villagers, but can only do so much with their limited resources.

He said it might take some time before people in the devastated land might be able to stand on its feet again.

“It will take a lot rehabilitation and our call is that non-government organizations and media help in this too,” he said.

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    Dahil na rin wala ng makokotongan ang mga extortionists na ito dahil apektado ang kanilang source ng kotong, i.e, mga magsasaka, ang mga relief goods ay sa kanila din mapupunta. E para ano pa ang instruction sa kanilang mga alipores na alalayan daw ang mga relief volunteers during the distribution in the hinterlands? Ang mangyayari nito, ang mga NPA at kanilang pamilya lang ang makikinabang nito na magkukunwaring biktima ng bagyo. Susmarya, paloloko pa ba tayo sa mga notorious na extortionists at arsonists. 

  • ruben_bush

    alisin na dapat yang mga tulisan na yan.  nabiktima na nga ng bagyo, gusto pa yata nila may bayad yung “permit to distribute relief goods”……sobra na yan….lansagin na yan cpp-ndf-npa na yan. eh yung amo nila nagpapasarap na lang sa europa eh!!!!!

  • $5699914

    Maniwala kayo sa NDF?

    sus! ambushin kamo nila mga relief workers para agawin ang mga relief goods! Asahan na iyan!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7HA5P2ABEIRCO45U26VLV5FEZA Torogi

     Who are they to give permits to relief workers to enter disaster areas? They are actually bandits pretending to be Robin Hoods. They should work in the fields instead of extorting hardworking people.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6NVJE4NYLGDSCO6KQ4GWP35SVM Macario

    Si Comrade Joma nakapagpadala na ba ng tulong pinansyal o kahit noodles man lang? Ilang pursyento ba ng revolutionary tax ang gagamitin sa pagtulong sa mga kababayan natin? Ano kamo, wala! Asa pa kami sa inyo, utot nyo! Relief operations must never be hampered by people like you. Sino kayo para magsabi na wag magpasama sa taong militar sa pag abot ng tulong e kasama naman sa trabaho nila yun- ang maglingkod sa mga nangangailangan. Bakit, babarilin nyo ang mga militar na tutulong?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    It would be welcoming news if you, Jorge Madlos of NDF announced that your people are into relief operations too! Not tactical operations. Shame on you!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ME73SJ2KNVTMNU4JMRMRLRYPVQ zom

    Bat di pa kasi ideklarang terorista yang mga hinayupak na yan eh nang mabura na sa mundo! Ano ba yan, patabain ng gobyerno? Shhhh

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