Residents of typhoon-hit Compostela towns block highway
COMPOSTELA VALLEY, Philippines (UPDATED - Some 6,000 angry residents of several towns affected by Typhoon Pablo here barricaded portions of the national highway in Montevista on Tuesday, January 15, in protest of the government's alleged poor delivery of relief services.
More than 100 vehicles are now stranded as protesters occupy at least 300 meters of the highway, the only route going to Compostela and Davao Oriental.
The delay in relief goods is not the only thing residents are complaining about. They want all large-scale mining and logging operations in Davao region banned, according to Carlos Trangia, a peasant leader.
In December, Pablo battered Compostela and other provinces in Mindanao, killing over a thousand people and causing more than P8 billion in damage.
Shortly after 1pm Tuesday, Social Wefare Secretary Dinky Soliman arrived in the area together with Compostela Valley Gov Arturo Uy to talk to the protesters, but they refused to be appeased. Soliman and Uy eventually left the area, and as of 3 pm, the highway was still closed. - Rappler.com
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