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‘This is how you address hunger:’ ABS-CBN sends food aid to Sitio San Roque residents

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ABS-CBN media giant has extended food assistance to some Quezon City residents a day after dozens of protesters sought relief packs from the government.

The network’s donations were delivered to the residents of Sitio San Roque in Barangay Pag-asa, Quezon City. The relief items included 505 sacks of rice, 1,200 boxes of noodles and 78,000 kilos of macaroni.

“Bilang bahagi ng #PantawidNgPagibig, hinatiran ng ABS-CBN ng 505 sako ng bigas, 1,200 kahon ng noodles at nasa 78,000 kilo ng macaroni ang mga taga-Sitio San Roque sa Brgy. Pag-asa, Quezon City. | via Weng Paraan,” ABS-CBN tweeted.

“lan sa nabiyayaan ng tulong ang mga Kapamilyang una nang nanawagan ng ayuda sa lokal na pamahalaan. Nasa 7,000 pamilya ang naninirahan sa Sitio San Roque kung saan karamihan ay informal settlers. | via Weng Paraan, ABS-CBN News #COVID19 #LuzonLockdown,” another tweet read.

Bagong Alyansang Makabayan secretary general Renato Reyes lauded ABS-CBN’s gesture. He said the problem of hunger could be addressed by actual food assistance, not by “brute force.”

“ABS-CBN provides food and relief for Sitio San Roque community whose residents protested hunger but were arrested instead. This is how you address the problem of hunger. Not by brute force or fascist threats, but by actual aid. #TulongHindiKulong,” he tweeted.

Police arrested over a dozen protesters demanding food and other assistance in Quezon City for staging a rally without a government permit. A video circulating online showed the violent dispersal of the protesters.

President Duterte later warned the left against launching riots and causing trouble during the coronavirus lockdown. He ordered the police and military to shoot the troublemakers if their lives will be in danger.

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