The Greater Disaster:
waray pulos! (Walang silbi!)
Statement of Hustisya on the
1st year commemoration of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan)
November 8, 2014
Hustisya (Victims United for Justice) is one in solidarity with the
survivors of super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in demanding justice
today, one year after the strongest typhoon hit the Eastern and some
parts of Western Visayas of the Philippines.
We demand justice, as we stand firm that the Aquino government is
guilty of criminal neglect. Pres. Noynoy Aquino bragged that the
government is prepared for the coming disaster, but later justified
its ineptness amid the overwhelming destruction wrought by the super
typhoon. The Aquino government declared a “state of national calamity”
four days after, only when the people have been too desperate for
food, water and shelter. More lives were lost and put in danger in the
coming days, while government agencies were ready making different
excuses why help did not reach the people on time.
We hold the Aquino government accountable for the massive loss of
lives and the absence of much-needed relief and rehabilitation. The
people looked for ways to survive while enduring the pain and sudden
loss. Various cause-oriented individuals and groups, both locally and
internationally have set foot in the areas affected, way earlier than
the government, way much earlier than Pres. Aquino himself. The
national government, that should have the means, the resources and
machinery for disaster response, was quick to pass the blame.
If there was one disaster that the people suffered from in the event
of super typhoon Yolanda, it is the inutility, inaction and outright
callousness of the Aquino government.
We are enraged that the approval of the rehabilitation plan for areas
affected by super typhoon was only signed shortly a week before the
first year commemoration of the super typhoon. Meanwhile, the Aquino
government was quick to allow the entry of multinationals and local
compradors and landlords in the affected areas in a matter of months
after the super typhoon. Big businesses have begun dividing the
affected provinces among themselves, using “rehabilitation” as a way
to pursue their interests of business and profit. Pres. Aquino not
just showed his inutility and callousness to the needs of the victims
– he showed whose interests he favors.
The survivors of typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) continue to rise up. They
continue to muster strength after the disaster, not just to rebuild
their lives and livelihood, but to hold accountable a government that
is not worth staying another day in power.
We enjoin everyone to echo the call for justice.
Justice for victims of typhoon Yolanda! Justice for victims of
Noynoy Aquino, waray pulos! Patalsikon!