CPP blasts US on Yolanda aid quip

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) called the United States as hypocrites when over the week the United States Embassy in the country posted photos and videos on their official Facebook account ‘throwback’ items related to their operations during and immediately after the onslaught of super typhoon Yolanda in central Philippines. Tacloban City is the hardest hit area leaving millions of properties damaged and thousands dead.

The posts on Facebook came after the statement of President Rodrigo Duterte telling US President Barack Obama to go to hell prompting praises from nationalists in the country. The Communist Party through its Information Bureau called the US embassy’s #FriendsAlliesPartners social media campaign as “hype”. And by doing so, CPP said that “the US reveals itself to be hypocrites extraordinaire.”

“#FriendsPartnersAllies: Members of the U.S. Marines are one of the first to respond with relief supplies immediately after Typhoon Yolanda struck the Philippines on November 2013.

From building houses and schools, to first aid training in the Filipino community, military exercises like the ongoing PHIBLEX 33 also include community assistance programs to ensure Filipinos have the resources and skills to respond to real-world disasters,” the embassy said the caption of a photo posted on Thursday, October 6.

“US ‘assistance’ has never been without strings or conditions attached. They hype their Yolanda assistance much unlike the rest of the world who extended without asking for any recognition or favor in return,” said the CPP.

A local unit of the New People's Army in Eastern Visayas. The NPA is CPP's armed wing. Photo grab from CPP Eastern Visayas Propaganda Bureau.
A local unit of the New People’s Army in Eastern Visayas. The NPA is CPP’s armed wing. Photo grab from CPP Eastern Visayas Propaganda Bureau.

The party also said that the aid provided were just a meager amount out of the entire US budget and is only a strategy to justify the superpower’s building of its military machine. “The US imperialists make use of USAID funds with a mere 0.5% of the US budget to give candy to third world countries in order to allow the $770 billion US military machine to build missile silos, set up their nukes, dock their aircraft carriers, fly their drones and have their soldiers places for rest and recreation,” claimed the CPP in its statement.

When they brought in drinking water for Yolanda survivors, the US flew in their Ospreys and naval ships to Guian, Samar and Mactan, Cebu. They have built bases and have yet to leave. It can be remembered that patriotic group, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) in Eastern Visayas has labelled the United States as predators using humanitarian aid for “their self-serving interest.” In a statement dated October 16, 2014 just a year after typhoon Yolanda, BAYAN said that “It is extremely obnoxious for pretenders to deny the crimes of the US military in the Philippines. This case, among others, is an added reason for the people to oust a treasonous government that has long sold out Filipinos to foreign predators”

More than 115 years ago, the US wanted Filipinos to be thankful that their land and freedom were being taken because of American “benevolence.”

“Today, they want Filipinos to believe that they owe their US military ‘friends’ and should in return be allowed to build their military bases, conduct war exercises, carry out electronic surveillance, deploy their weapons system, join combat operations and drop their bombs,” said the CPP.

The CPP has been waging a Maoist guerrilla war against the Philippine government for almost 48 years now.

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Eastern Vista is an alternative media organization in Eastern Visayas. Stories of people in the struggle for justice and aid after super typhoon Yolanda inspired its creation in 2014. Eastern Vista is also a co-producer of Lingganay han Kamatuoran, a Waray-based radio magazine program airing since 2003. From Eastern Philippines, Eastern Vista shares the news and views from a people rising.