- Several Pinoy celebrities slammed the red-tagging of the organizers of the rapidly becoming popular community pantry
- Many of them are asking why should the government train its guns on something that benefits the community when there are so many other problems that it should focus on
- The Maginhawa community pantry organizers halted its operations after government forces and supporters linked their initiative to the communists
- Some government officials also suggest that such initiatives need government approval
Celebrities slammed the government for the red-tagging and profiling of the organizers of the hugely popular community pantry.
This was after Gen. Antonio Parlade of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-Elcac) confirmed that they are indeed profiling the organizers of the initiative a day after PNP Chief Debold Sinas debunked allegations that the government is profiling the people behind the effort, an Inquirer report stated.
Earlier, the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) also red-tagged the community pantry in a now deleted Facebook post that shared unfounded information about community pantries as a front of the communists, Rappler reported.
After being tongue-lashed on social media, the QCPD made a 180-degrees turn and said that it “will never allow alleged red-tagging.”
According to celebrity Ramon Bautista: “Bakit nila binabanatan yung community pantry, e wala naman silang ginagawa?”
Former actress Dionne Monsanto, tweeted: “Government’s response to Community Pantries:
“Bigyan natin ng problema ang solusyon nila.”
Alessandra de Rossi, for her part, posted a quote from Maria Consiglio about narcissists that state “there is no true healthy communication and problem solving with narcissists.” The actress also tweeted: “Ayaw nya pag di nya idea. Kailangan sya nakaisip or else ilalagay ka nya sa impyerno for coming up with one.”
While the actress did not mention who she was referring to, there were documents that recently surfaced online about the findings of Dr Natividad Dayan that President Rodrigo Duterte suffers from “antisocial narcissistic personality disorder.”
Agot Isidro, a known government critic also posted her thoughts on Twitter.
“So pati pagtulong, ire-red tag? Mapapakain nyo ba lahat nang nakapila dyan? Wala nga kayong mga plano, mamasamain ninyo pa ang pag-tulong?” the actress tweeted.
The Maginhawa community pantry is a brainchild of Ana Patricia Non, an owner of a small furniture refurbishing business that employ people severely affected by the pandemic. Non said that she set up the pantry with the intention to help those who cannot provide food for their family. The concept behind the initiative is “magbigay ayon sa kakayahan, kumuha batay sa pangangailangan,” or for everyone to give based on their capacity and take only what they need. The idea caught on and spread like wildfire and soon, community pantries suddenly sprouted up in different parts of the country.
As soon as people learned about the community pantry along Maginhawa Street in Quezon City, throngs flocked to the place, to see for themselves the wonderful initiative so they can snap photos and share it on social media. Soon, the posts became viral and not long after, similar community pantries sprouted in several other places all over Luzon. Many said that the community pantry is a big help, particularly that MECQ is still in effect over the NCR Plus bubble area.
Recently, however, Non decided to halt the operation of the original community pantry in Quezon City after government forces and supporters red-tagged her. She 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.
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