Author: Juliet C. Revita
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THE military denied allegations of "food blockade" and said they were merely following local government orders when they prohibited a leftist group from distributing relief goods directly to evacuees in Lianga town in Surigao del Sur.
Captain Rodulfo Cordero Jr. of 401st Infantry Brigade said in a statement released Sunday, December 3, that the local government unit (LGU) of Lianga had ordered that any relief operations be coordinated with them.
"There was no food blockade as alleged by organizations like Alcadev (Alternative Learning Center for Agricultural and Livelihood Development Inc.) and TRIFPSS (Tribal Filipino Program of Surigao del Sur Schools)," Cordero said.
"They only need to adhere to the rules or policies set by the LGU of Lianga as decided by the Municipal Peace and Order Council," he added.
Around 9 a.m. of November 30, three vehicles loaded with about 50 individuals asked for clearance to pass through the military checkpoint at Neptune Patrol Base. Their request was denied.