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Typhoon Bhopa (Philippine name Pablo) have resulted to a total number of 647 casualties, with another 1,842 people injured, and 780 missing.

Typhoon Pablo and Doha: Ways Forward for the Philippines

By Akbayan (Citizens Action Party)

It is truly a sad day for Filipinos across the nation, as the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council announced the devastation of typhoon Pablo to have resulted to a total number of 647 casualties, with another 1,842 people injured, and 780 missing.

The challenge of rebuilding what we have lost is not just a matter of reconstructing public works and restoring the livelihood of peoples and communities that were devastated by the strongest typhoon that hit the country this year.

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Akbayan Party-list urged Congress to pass important reform measures it dubbed as the “Vital Five” or the “VV” legislative bills. According to the party-list group, the “VV bills” composed of pending pieces of legislation in Congress namely the Reproductive Health bill, Freedom of Information (FoI) Bill, Anti-political dynasty Bill, the Sin Tax Bill, and the amendments to the Cybercrime Prevention Law, were necessary reform bills.

“We hope Congress will give the Filipino people a good Christmas package before the year ends. The passage of the VV bills will ensure that the victories that have been instituted by the people’s campaign for transparency and accountability become institutionalized and that services and programs for health and development reaches those who need them the most,” according to Akbayan spokesperson Barry Gutierrez.

Legacy not truancy

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QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Thousands of electricity consumers from 55 cities and municipalities from 15 provinces and 10 regions are expected to stage a multi-form protest on November 22, dubbed as “National Day of Action against Epira (Electric Power Industry Reform Act), high electricity rates and privatization of the power industry.”

In a press conference here, various groups, led by the Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC), said that the whole-day protest will focus on issues that affect the ordinary electricity consumers.

“Sobra na ang pagtitiis ng mga konsyumer sa mataas na singil sa kuryente na dulot ng Epira. Sobra na ang kuryentiis ng mga mamamayan. Panahon para ito labanan at hamunin ang mga kinauukulan na gumawa ng hakbang para tugunan ang isa sa pangunahing problema ng bawat simpleng Pilipino,” said Manjette Lopez, FDC vice president.

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MANILA, Philippines - Philippine communist guerrillas issued a rare apology on Friday for a grenade attack that the military said left 47 spectators at a local circus wounded.

The New People's Army lobbed a grenade at soldiers guarding a village festival, but it bounced off netting and into a courtyard where the circus was performing.

The local command of the Maoist guerrilla group said it was taking responsibility for the September 1 carnage in the Paquibato district outside the southern city of Davao.

"The NPA issues this self-criticism to apologise to the public and the families for the scores of casualties, including children," a rebel statement circulated to local reporters said.

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Akbayan Party joins the Filipino people in mourning the passing of Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse Robredo. The nation just lost a genuine servant of the people. His tragic death is a tremendous loss for our country’s campaign to reform the government.

His long career as a public official has been a sterling example of transparent and accountable leadership that has served to inspire those who wish to pursue a career in public service. During his tenure as mayor of Naga City, spanning almost 20 years, he introduced reforms which led to greater people’s participation in governance.

Likewise, we send our condolences to the Robredo family. More than being an honest public servant, Sec. Robredo was also a loving father and a faithful husband. We join his family in mourning his death.

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As the Philippine government dithered and made excuses for its grossly inadequate response to the catastrophic floods — which inundated 80% of the country's capital, Manila — Sonny Melencio was leading a grassroots relief effort that brought the first food supplies in days to some of the poorest and most badly affected communities.

Together with other activists from the Party of the Labouring Masses (PLM), Melencio went to urban poor communities along the flood-breached Marikina River with supplies collected from ordinary people, whose upsurge of solidarity was in sharp contrast with the official response.

On August 13, Peter Boyle, a correspondent for Green Left Weekly and Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal, interviewed Melencio, the chairperson of the PLM. The party is part of a global network of people’s organisations and NGOs demanding imperialist countries pay up for the consequences in global warming and take radical actions to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

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Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon experienced heavy flooding yesterday after several days of non-stop rains.According to the country's National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council in this morning's news, 11 were reported dead and 4 others were hurt.

Many areas in the national capital region are already in a state of calamity due to "unprecedented" volume of rains poured over in these places.We appeal to our friends wherever you are to extend assistance and below is the campaign of AKBAYAN's Headquarters for those who are situated in Manila. The attachment herein is the official Akbayanihan poster. (Akbayanihan was launched during the Ondoy typhoon disaster)

For our friends abroad who wish to donate, below is the AKBAYAN official bank account details.
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Account Name: AKBAYAN Citizens Action Party
Bank Name: Bank of the Philippine Islands
Bank Address: Kalayaan Branch, 114 Kalayaan Avenue, Quezon City

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New People’s Army Should Stop Unlawful Killings, Detentions

(New York,) – The rebel New People’s Army (NPA) in thePhilippines should immediately end unlawful killings and detention of civilians, Human Rights Watch said today. The NPA, the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines, has admitted to gunning down civilians and detaining others in recent months.

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