De Lima: Red-tagged community pantry organizers ‘not a surprise’ under Duterte regime
MANILA, Philippines – The alleged “red-tagging” of the organizer of the Maginhawa community pantry in Quezon City, as well as the other community pantries, did not come as a surprise for Senator Leila de Lima since people cannot be “humane” under the Duterte administration.
“Bawal ang maging makatao sa ilalim ni Duterte,” De Lima said in a statement on Wednesday.
(It is forbidden to be humane under Duterte’s [administration].)
“The reported harassment and red-tagging of Ana Patricia Non of the Maginhawa Community Pantry and organizers of other community pantries did not come as a surprise,” she said.
The senator added that Duterte’s rule thrives on people’s misery that anything good coming from the people is seen as a threat.
“Heartless. Even residents from poor communities like Aroma in Tondo have pooled their meager resources to put up a pantry tapos sasabihin propaganda ang inisyatibang ito? Pakana ng NPA?” she said.
This regime is “scared witless” of the hope that these community efforts have sparked as this will further expose the government’s failure to properly respond to the pandemic, she said.
“Takot na takot sa sariling multo kaya kailangang pakilusin ang kanyang kapulisan upang mapigilan ang tuluyang paglalantad sa kanilang kapalpakan. Kailangang kagyat na paimbestigahan ang mga insidente ng panggigipit na ito at panagutin ang mga may sala,” she added.
(Terrified of his “own ghost,” he had to mobilize his police to prevent further exposure of their misfortune. Incidents of harassment need to be immediately investigated and the perpetrators held accountable.)
De Lima urged the public to stand behind Non and the other organizers of such activities and defend the community pantries, adding that the regime’s attempt to deprive people of the right to live a life with dignity must be resisted.
“Itaguyod ang pagdadamayan at tunay na bayanihan,” De Lima concluded.
(Promote mutual support and true bayanihan.)
Earlier, Non posted on her Facebook that she had to pause the operations on Tuesday as she has been red-tagged. – Liezelle Soriano Roy, trainee
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