**Aquino regime must be held accountable for criminal neglect over failure to heed flood warnings — CPP**

Jan. 01, 2012


CPP Information Bureau

28 December 2011

**Aquino regime must be held accountable for criminal neglect over
failure to heed flood warnings — CPP**

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today said the Filipino
people should hold the Aquino regime responsible for criminal neglect
over its failure to heed warnings as early as last year by several
sectors that Cagayan de Oro was bound to suffer Ondoy-like floods.
Such negligence resulted in the Aquino regime’s failure to put into
place necessary preparations to prevent the loss of close to two
thousand lives.

The other day, Malacañang admitted it ignored warnings issued by the
Climate Change Congress of the Philippines (CCCP) which specifically
pointed out the need to put into place disaster prevention mechanisms
in Cagayan de Oro City parts of which form a water basin vulnerable to
the swelling of the highly silted Cagayan de Oro river. According to
officers of the CCCP, it issued the warnings at least three times
since Aquino assumed power last year.

“Malacañang’s justification for such an idiotic oversight is
completely unacceptable,” pointed out the CPP. Confronted by the
media, Aquino’s spokesman can only claim to be too busy saying “we
were really trying to do a lot of efforts at that time.”

“Aquino and his officials cannot simply explain away their inutility
by saying they were too busy with other concerns,” said the CPP. “It
is totally unacceptable that the Aquino regime does not consider
securing the safety and welfare of people among its important

“The failure of Aquino and his officials to heed the flood warnings by
experts led to its inability to put into place necessary measures to
ensure the people’s safety,” said the CPP. “Considering that
meteorological agencies of government as well as private weather
monitors have already predicted prolonged rains, government civil and
disaster officials should have urgently ordered and organized the
evacuation of people in the flood-prone districts to higher ground.”

“It is now clear that the Aquino government had all the information to
prevent the loss of such a great number of lives, even if the massive
destruction of property was unavoidable,” added the CPP. “For the
Filipino people, especially those who lost their friends, relatives
and other loved ones, the Aquino regime’s failure to act on such
information can only constitute criminal neglect.”


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