By Billy Begas
Members of the Makabayan bloc have jointly filed a resolution on Wednesday seeking congressional investigation on the reported harassment, profiling and red-tagging of organizers and volunteers of community pantry.
Bayan Muna Representatives Carlos Isagani Zarate, Ferdinand Gaite and Eufemia Cullamat, ACT Teachers Rep. France Castro, Gabriela Rep. Arlene Brosas and Kabataan Rep. Sarah Jane Elago urged the Committee on Human Rights to conduct an investigation.
“Whereas, members of Congress, as representatives of the people are duty-bound to ensure the Constitutional right of the people are protected and upheld,” the resolution read.
Ana Patricia Non set-up a community pantry along Maginhawa st., Quezon City. The initiative went viral in social media and were replicated in different parts of the country.
On April 20, the Maginhawa community pantry temporarily stopped its operations after Non and her volunteers were profiled by the police and were linked to the communist group.
“The organizers and volunteers who initiated the delivery of aid to the less privilege, do not deserve to be subjected to harassment and baseless accusations from the government itself that failed to deliver such services to the Filipino people,” the resolution further read.
In a radio interview, National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) spokesman Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr., admitted that they are checking the background of the organizers of community pantries. He said leftist groups are copying the community pantry for propaganda purposes.