By Billy Begas
Deputy Speaker and CIBAC Rep. Bro. Eddie Villanueva lambasted National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) Spokesperson Lt. General Antonio Parlade who likened a community pantry organizer to Satan.
Villanueva said the statement of Parlade “is very intolerable and is already bordering to insanity!”
“I do not know how calloused their hearts are to be able not to feel the struggle of Filipinos amidst these trying times. Imbes na maging kabalikat, mas lalo pa silang nagiging pabigat sa ating mamamayan. Ang dapat pagtuunan ng pansin ng gobyerno ay bakuna at ayuda, nangangamatay at nagugutom ang mga tao,” Villanueva said.
Parlade said the action of Patricia Non in organizing the Maginhawa community pantry, can be likened to the Devil’s offer of an apple to Eve which started the fall of man. He said the community pantry could be used to recruit for the communist group.
“I am disturbed that NTF-ELCAC is thinking this way even in the midst of a pandemic where bayanihan must be given due course. This puts into question if NTF-ELCAC is capable of rightly using the billions of funds appropriated to it. Dapat itong silipin ng Kongreso, baka masayang lang ang pondo,” Villanueva added.
Villanueva said the “inspiration, as well as the multiplier effect brought about by the community pantry concept, vividly exemplifies the Filipino bayanihan spirit and resiliency.”
Meanwhile, CIBAC Rep. Domeng Rivera said NTF-ELCAC is doing an “overkill” on its job.
“Sobrang wala sa tono, wala sa lugar ang ginagawa ng NTF-ELCAC sa organizers ng community pantry. Baka mas lalo lang lumayo sa gobyerno ang loob ng sambayanang Pilipino. Hindi nila dapat i-underestimate ang kakayanan ng mga Pilipino na mag-isip ng tama kung ang pangagailangan naman ay natutugunan,” Rivera said.