Reference: Mr. Benjamin Valbuena, Chairperson, ACT, cellpone no. 09162294515
Media Liaison – Zenie Lao, Cellphone No. 09198198903, 09174998608
“The filing of Public Disorder charges against Typhoon Pablo’s’ victims and their supporters which includes ACT Teachers’ Partylist 3rd Nominee Prof.Mae Fe Ancheta-Templa is simply insane, Mr.Benjie Valbuena , President of Alliance of Concerned Teachers said.
To demand action from your government who cannot provide the necessities for survival in times of crisis is not a crime. In the first place, the devastating effects of flooding in Compostela Valley was due to the government’s remiss in curbing exploitation of our natural resources in connivance with big business and their imperialist masters.
Pnoy should remember that in times of disasters, teachers are in the frontlines so to speak as part of the basic machinery in responding to crises. He must instead rebuild communities to include our schools and provide material and financial support to victims of calamities.
“This is a clear act of desperation of Pnoy and his cohorts to cover-up their inability to respond to disaster situations like Pablo and Habagat in recent times. However, what we cannot fathom is why they should criminalize the acts of people who showed compassion by collecting support and providing moral support to the victims of Typhoon Pablo,” Mr.Benjie Valbuena added.#####