The Community Pantry is the hottest topic these days. And it is easy to see the reason why.
People are doing their best to help others through these pantries. It is the perfect representation of “Bayanihan.”
However, there seems to big concern on the Community Pantry that the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) is profiling the organizers.
Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr., the spokesman of NTF-ELCAC, admits to doing background checks on the organizers of the pantries.
The first one on the list is Ana Patricia Non, the founder of the Maginhawa Community Pantry. Her action became a big ripple and urged initiative to other places worldwide that many people are now adopting. May the community pantry be big or small.
Although the NTF-ELCAC denies red-tagging the Community Pantries organizers, Non opts to suspend their operations as her fears for her safety grows. She also denies that she has any link to the communist group in the country.
But what was surprising was Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade’s Jr. statement from One News TV5 interview comparing A.P. Non to satan on April 20:
“Isang tao lang ‘yan ‘di ba? Si Ana, si Patricia. Same with Satan. Si Satan binigyan ng apple si Eve. Doon lang nagsimula ‘yon.”
(She did it alone, right? That Ana Patricia? It’s the same with Satan. Satan gave Eve an apple. It started from there.)
Parlade further added that the community pantries could become vessels for CPP-NPA to encourage people to uprise against the government.
A.P. Non clarified that the inspiration for organizing the community pantry was solely to offer help to her neighbors residing on Maginhawa St., Quezon City. The pantry brims of essentials such as medicines, food, and personal hygiene products. The residents are free to get what they need, while people who wish to donate may do so.
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