Filipino Typhoon Relief Impasse Caused by Politics

Over the past few weeks, the Philippines has been attacked relentlessly by typhoons that have caused the worst flooding in Metro Manila in decades as well as flooding all over the northern island of Luzon.  As a result, relief efforts by Filipinos all over the globe have been begun to aid those who need it the most.  Unfortunately, politics has reared its ugly head.

In a politically ugly–but unfortunately unsurprising–move, the Filipino government has threatened to tax every box sent to Filipino relief organizations in a blatant way to make money off this natural disaster which could ultimately bankrupt many of these groups.  Groups in New York and New Jersey here in the US have responded by trying to pressure the Filipino government and in the meantime have also threatened to send these boxes to the Philippines themselves to avoid the tax and to distribute these goods to the people who need it most.

My recommendation is to send money to reputable organizations like the Philippine Red Cross until this brouhaha settles down.  Personally, it’s one of many reasons why I consider the Filipino government so corrupt.

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Efren is a 30-something queer Filipino American guy living in San Francisco. In the past, he was a wanna-be academic even teaching in Asian American studies at San Francisco State, a wanna-be queer rights and HIV activist, and he used to "blog" when that meant spewing one's college student angst using a text editor on a terminal screen to write in a BBS or usenet back in the early 90s. For all his railing against the model minority myth, he's realized he's done something only a few people can claim--getting into UCSF twice, once for a PhD program in medical sociology which he left; and then for pharmacy school, where he'll be a member of the class of '13. He apologizes profusely for setting the bar unintentionally high for his cousins. blog twitter
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