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Justices, prosecutors extend help to ‘Yolanda’ victims

An elderly survivor evacuated from the disaster zone of typhoon Haiyan is wheeled past a V-22 Osprey on tarmac after arriving on a military plane at Villamor Air Base in Manila November 13, 2013. Philippine officials have been overwhelmed by Haiyan, one of the strongest typhoons on record, which tore through the central Philippines on Friday and flattened Tacloban, coastal capital of Leyte province where officials had feared 10,000 people died, many drowning in a tsunami-like wall of seawater. (MNS photo)

An elderly survivor evacuated from the disaster zone of typhoon Haiyan is wheeled past a V-22 Osprey on tarmac after arriving on a military plane at Villamor Air Base in Manila November 13, 2013. Philippine officials have been overwhelmed by Haiyan, one of the strongest typhoons on record, which tore through the central Philippines on Friday and flattened Tacloban, coastal capital of Leyte province where officials had feared 10,000 people died, many drowning in a tsunami-like wall of seawater. (MNS photo)

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – Justices, prosecutors and other court personnel are also extending their help to the victims of super typhoon “Yolanda” that hit the Visayas region last Nov. 8.

The Supreme Court (SC), through Associate Justice Jose C. Mendoza, has led a fund-raising campaign for the typhoon survivors in Tacloban City, Leyte.

The contributions come from the justices, officials and employees of the SC and the Court of Appeals (CA).

The Office of Justice Mendoza has been receiving food and bottled mineral water donations.

Mendoza’s wife, Livia is a native of Leyte.

In the CA, Associate Justice Vicente Veloso, a native of Leyte, said the private sector could play a big role in this tragedy to help the victims.

Veloso noted that the government cannot do it alone and intervention of the private sector is necessary.

He suggested that helicopters of private businessmen would be of big help in the relief distribution, especially in the remote areas.

Meantime, the National Prosecution Service (NPS) and the Prosecutors League of the Philippines (PLP) of the Department of Justice (DOJ) have also raised funds and goods for the typhoon victims.

According to PLP president Jaime Umpa, they are raising donations for the prosecutors affected by the typhoon in Samar and Leyte.

Umpa said that there are around 100 prosecutors and 150 staff personnel displaced by the calamity.

The PLP is composed of its 2,000-strong members from the prosecutors nationwide.

On the other hand, Prosecutor General Claro A. Arellano said that the NPS already sent relief packages on Tuesday to the prosecutors and staffers in Yolanda-ravaged Tacloban City.

Arellano said that this is the first wave of help and he is closely coordinating for the series of assistance with the affected prosecutors and staffers.

“We will extend help the best we could,” he stressed. (MNS)

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