Pati pagtulong ni-red tag! Maginhawa Community Pantry shuts down over safety concerns
The founder of the Maginhawa community pantry in Quezon City has temporarily shut down its operations Tuesday (April 20) over the supposed red tagging of their initiative by authorities.

Pati pagtulong ni-red tag! Maginhawa Community Pantry shuts down over safety concerns

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The founder of the Maginhawa community pantry in Quezon City has temporarily shut down its operations Tuesday (April 20) over the supposed red tagging of their initiative by authorities.

Ana Patricia Non cited the safety of volunteers as the reason for the pause in the pantry’s operations.

“Malungkot po dahil hindi muna maipapamahagi ang goods na inihanda namin buong maghapon dahil po sa #RedTagging na nagaganap. Magbigat sa pakirandam ko kasi maganda po ang intentions ko noong binuo ko ang #CommunityPantry at ilang araw na din po na napakaraming pinagsisilbihan nito at ganun din po ang tulong na dumadating,” she said in a Facebook post.

Non shared screenshots of Facebook posts by the Quezon City police and National Task Force to End the Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) saying that community pantries shouldn’t be used to “fool” people.

The police and NTF-ELCAC said Tulong Kabataan, an organization that started its own community pantry, was created by the Communist Party of the Philippines and New People’s Army to recruit the youth to fight the government.

Non appealed to Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte for help since the police has allegedly been pressing her for personal details.

“Humihingi din po ako ng tulong kay mayor Joy Belmonte tungkol sa usapin na ito. Lalo na po ay hiningi po ng tatlong pulis ang number ko at tinatanong po kung anong organisasyon ko,” she said.

“Natatakot po ako maglakad mag-isa papunta sa Community Pantry ng alas singko ng umaga dahil po sa walang basehang paratang sa amin. Gusto ko lang po talaga makatulong at sana po ay huwag nyo masamain,” Non added.

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