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Stranded Pablo mission rescued, military blamed

Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay assailed the military’s action as it “shows the government’s desperation to cover up the situation of the victims of typhoon Pablo– the neglect of the victims’ needs, the corruption in its relief and rehabilitation efforts, and worst, the harassment of people who exposed these, leading to the killing of Cristina Jose, the leader of the Pablo victims’ organization.”

After typhoon Pablo struck the province, Gov. Corazon Malanyaon and Lt. Krishnamurti Mortela of the the Army’s 67th Infantry Battalion created the Incident Command Post (ICP). All the relief goods are in the military camp and the command for relief distribution comes from the 67th IB, and residents of Binondo, Cristina Jose’s village, said they only received help once, and instead of ten kilos of rice per household, they were given only five kilos.

“Just as they arrived back in their community (after the barricade last week), Kagawad Jose and all those who participated in the Kampuhan at the DSWD were harassed by the Barangay Captain and the military from the 67th Infantry Battalion Philippine Army. Supposedly, she was on her way to Davao City after the session to report the cases of human rights violations, but she was brutally killed.” – Karapatan–SMR