GRP and subservience to the imperialist
and local rulling classes interest
are the most accountable for environmental calamities -- Ka Oris
January 13, 2010
Climate change that bring about more frequent devastating natural calamities is directly the accumulated result of wanton long-term destruction of our natural environment; the destruction of our forests, land, seas and air is mainly due to mining, logging, air and land pollutant industries, that benefit multi-national foreign corporations, the big bourgeoisie, big landlords, and bureaucrat capitalist – to the detriment of the vast majority of the Filipino people.
“It is the Philippine government that is most accountable for inviting plunderous foreign firms whose wanton operations in the countryside have greatly contributed to the catastrophic impact of calamities in Mindanao and in the entire country,” Ka Oris, spokesperson of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines-Mindanao (NDFP-Mindanao) slams anew destructive mining operations, logging activities and widespread land-use conversion by big multinational and foreign companies.
“It is the Filipino people now who heavily suffer the effect of environmental destruction in the name of super-profit,” said Ka Oris.
Latest reports of the flood had it that more than 20 provinces across the country are now ravaged by heavy rains and floods affecting more than one million people and incurring damage of around one billion peso worth of property, agricultural assets and infrastructures.
In Mindanao, areas badly affected are Davao, the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and almost the entire region of Caraga, which resulted to the death of close to 20 individuals. Caraga region accounted for having the highest number of displaced people and damaged livelihood and infrastructures.
The office of the NDFP-Mindanao spokesperson continues to receive reports of increased death tolls and numbers of missing people brought by heavy rains and flash floods in different parts of Mindanao.
Ka Oris added that large-scale plunder of the natural resources, wanton destruction of the environment and land grabbing activities of big foreign companies flourish across the country as allowed by the Philippine government evident in its laws and policies such as the Mining Act of 1995.
“Banning, disabling and dismantling these large,environmentally-destructive operations are still the best ways we could avert the disastrous impact on people’s lives and livelihood of calamities such as this. They are legitimate military targets of NPA attacks,” Ka Oris said, “Prevention is still better than curing the aftermath damages of these calamities.”
“We challenge the military to come up with their list of seven mining companies who wish to pull-out of Caraga because they cannot live up to the policies of the revolutionary government. We welcome this news, so that we can minimize the damage caused to our environment,” said the NDFP-Mindanao spokesperson.
Ka Oris reiterated the CPP 42nd Anniversary statement pointing out that “Enterprises that do not comply with the rules and regulations of the people’s democratic government, disregard and violate the welfare and interests of the people, and conduct abusive and antagonistic actions against the people must be banned, disabled or dismantled. These include those that engage in destructive large-scale logging, mining and plantations for export; plunder nonrenewable resources; ruin the environment and take land away from land reform. The military forces and security agencies protecting these enterprises are targets for annihilation by the people’s army.”
Ka Oris further added that under the NDFP’s 12- point program, the revolutionary movement strives in protecting and fighting for the environment and for the welfare and future of the Filipino people.