- After admitting they are doing a background check on organizers of Community Pantries, Gen. Antonio Parlade, spokesman for the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), made another controversial statement, this time comparing Ana Patricia Non to Satan
- Ana Patricia Non is the founder of Maginhawa Community Pantry, an initiative that has gone viral and being replicated in many places in the country
- Recently, despite the denial of NTF-ELCAC that they red-tagged organizers of Community Pantries, Parlade admitted in an interview that they are profiling them
- Non was forced to suspend the operations of the Maginhawa Community Pantry amid fears for her safety, all the while denying any links to the communists
Gen. Antonio Parlade, the spokesman for the NTF-ELCAC, made yet another controversial statement, which appears to make comparisons between Ana Patricia Non, the founder of the Maginhawa Community Pantry, to the devil.
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Earlier, Parlade admitted that they are indeed profiling the organizers of community pantries for supposed links to the communists.
“Alam mo isang tao lang yan. Alam mo isang tao lang si Ana. Same with Satan. Si Satan binigyan ng apple si Eve, doon lang nagsimula yun,” Gen. Parlade said.
Parlade also said that while he fully supports the initiative of Non, he said that she shouldn’t be immediately believed, implying that Non is a part of a certain organization that he refused to name.
“Baka matuwa pa ang public dahil nilantad ng gobyerno kung ano si Ana, but we are not saying na ganun si Ana,” Parlade said.
He also revealed that based on what he knew about Non, she is capable of doing things because she is a member of an organization.
When asked for her reaction, Non said she doesn’t care what Parlade says because it’s not true after all.
She did say, however, she felt pity for those who made an effort in helping the community pantry because of the things that Parlade said to discredit them.
On Wednesday, April 21, though, in an interview over ABS-CBN Teleradyo, Parlade stated that they were not profiling organizers of community pantries.
"We’re just checking kung ano ang ginagawa, anong sitwasyon sa community pantries na ito kasi hindi naman lahat ng community pantries ay initiated by one group or one individual," he said.
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.
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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 to. 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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