- The Maginhawa community pantry in Quezon City has shut down its operations due to red-tagging
- The organizer appealed to the Office of Mayor Joy Belmonte last week for help after three police officers asked for her contact number and asked which organization she belonged
- This created fear and now, she had to stop what she's doing due to red tagging
- She said that the accusations were all baseless and that all she wanted to do was to help others
A community pantry that was set up on Maginhawa Street in Quezon City, was forced to be shut down after its organizer was red-tagged.
ABS-CBN reported that Ana Patricia Non, the one who started the movement last week, sought the help of Mayor Joy Belmonte's office, after she experienced having three police officers ask for her contact number and the name of the organization where she belongs.
This created fear for Non, and got afraid of going to the community pantry at 5.am., simply because of "walang basehang paratang sa amin."
She further emphasized that she just wanted to help and she's hoping that people would not give color to it.
One resident in the area, Virginia Vinluan, expressed heartbreak.
"Hindi pa kami umuuwi kasi nagbabakasakali pa kami na baka maawa sila samin, baka bigyan kami pangsaing (na bigas) kasi wala na kami isasaing mamaya," she said.
News5 previously reported that netizen AP Non set up the community pantry on Maginhawa Street, Quezon City.
The National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict also posted that the community pantry is for the country and not for personal interests.
A community pantry is an area where people can give anything and those who are in need could also get anything, all based on their needs.
The community pantry that was started had a domino effect. What started out in a single area, was soon followed by other communities in other areas. It has greatly helped a lot of Filipinos amid the pandemic.
In another story, a group of women went viral after they took everything from the community pantry. They did not leave anything for others who are also in need.
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