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Blaming the Victims

President Aquino in one of the areas hit by the supertyphoon (photo courtesy of Agence France-Presse).

President Aquino in one of the areas hit by the supertyphoon (photo courtesy of Agence France-Presse).

The human rights group, Campaign for Human Rights in the Philippines has called out the Aquino administration and the Philippine government for victim blaming the Typhoon Yolanda survivors:

“The Philippines government may have been slow in its response to typhoon Haiyan, but it has been extraordinarily quick in trying to put the blame on others,” said Rev. Canon Barry Naylor, Honorary Chair of the Campaign for Human Rights in the Philippines-United Kingdom.

In a statement released today, Rev. Canon Naylor added, “In the early days after the typhoon struck the government certainly seemed more efficient at getting soldiers carrying guns to the area, than soldiers carrying aid and emergency supplies. As Sebastian Rhodes Stampa from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs put it from his base in Leyte, ‘You’ve had quite a lot of security coming in over the last couple of days, less so other things.’

“First of all the desperate people who entered food stores and shopping malls after days of waiting in vain for aid to arrive were condemned by the government as looters. On November 19, the day of his arrival in the typhoon-hit city of Tacloban, President Aquino put the blame on the local government,” Naylor said.

The UK-based CHRP also took note that, “when questioned by the BBC about why it has taken so long to get aid to victims Aquino cast the blame on the local government which happens to be controlled by a rival political family. While the president tries to evade responsibility and to point the finger at others, the people of Tacloban and other devastated areas still have a desperate need for relief.”

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