Belmonte orders investigation on red-tagging of Maginhawa community pantry organizer

Published April 20, 2021, 11:14 AM

by Joseph Pedrajas

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte on Tuesday ordered an investigation on the alleged red-tagging against the organizer of the community pantry in Maginhawa.

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte (QC GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL FACEBOOK PAGE/ MANILA BULLETIN)

Belmonte made the move after Ana Patricia Non, the proponent of Maginhawa Community Pantry, sought her assistance as she feared for her safety following the supposed profiling done to her by members of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD).

The mayor has tasked QCPD’s newly installed director of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Brig. Gen. Antonio Yarra to find out whether Non’s claims were true and give a “report on the matter.”

“I asked him to investigate and send me a report at the soonest possible time,” the mayor said in Teleradyo interview, adding she has not yet received any response.

In a statement, Belmonte said she would also meet with the commander of QCPD Station 9, Lt. Col. Reyes, who has jurisdiction over the area “to further discuss” Non’s security concerns.

“Indeed, these initiatives highlight the bayanihan (solidarity) spirit inherent in our QCitizens. The city government will therefore ensure that the organizers and beneficiaries of Community Pantries remain safe and unimpeded,” she added.

Non in a Facebook post said she became scared of going to the community pantry “along at 5 a.m.” because of the baseless accusations against her and other volunteers of the pantry.

“Gusto ko lang po talaga makatulong at sana po ay huwag nyo masamain (I just want to help people and I hope this will not be taken as a wrongdoing),” Non added.

The incident prompted Non to temporarily halt the pantry’s operations.

On Monday night, the Facebook page of the QCPD shared a post warning the public against community pantries, saying it might be used as a recruitment ground for the Communist Party.

“Maraming salamat sa pagtulong ngunit huwag natin gamitin ang community pantry para makapangloko ng tao (Thanks for the help but let’s not use community pantries to fool people),” read QCPD’s post.

“Ang Community Pantry ay para sa bayan, huwag gamitin para sa sariling kapakanan. Ang Tulong Kabataan ay isang organisasyon na ginawa ng CPP-NPA-NDF para makakuha ng pondo at makapagrecruit ng mga kabataan at mamamayan (Community Pantries are for the people. Let’s not use it to our own advantage. Tulong Kabataan is an organization built by the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front to gather funds and recruit the youth),” it added.

 
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