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NPA ready to help Ompong victims —CPP

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) on Saturday said units of the New People's Army (NPA) in North and Central Luzon are ready to carry out rescue, relief and rehabilitation work for victims affected by Typhoon Ompong.

In a statement, the CPP said local commands of the NPA are set to concentrate primarily in civic action over the next few days "even as they remain vigilant over the relentless offensive operations of the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines)."

The CPP also urged all democratic sectors to establish "serve the people" brigades to help collect and distribute relief assistance.

"The Party urges the Filipino people and international humanitarian agencies to unite and extend all possible help to address the welfare of the people," their statement read.

According to the CPP, those who suffer the most from the damage wrought by typhoon Ompong are the masses of workers, peasants, minority people, fisherfolk and other basic sectors .

It highlighted the urgent need to "mobilize" them in order to "carry out collective effort from the devastation and facilitate the entry and equitable distribution of all financial and material assistance."

The CPP expressed fear that those in need may be burdened by the "rampant corruption" and "inefficiencies" in the government.

"As in the past, the people will be burdened by rampant corruption and inefficiencies in the Philippine reactionary government whose agencies always fail to squarely address their conditions," their statement said. —Margaret Claire Layug/JST, GMA News