Ex-VP Binay slams gov’t for red-tagging of community pantry organizers

Published April 20, 2021, 8:04 PM

by Jel Santos

Former vice president Jejomar “Jojo” Binay has slammed the government for allegedly red-tagging and harassing well-meaning organizers of community pantries.

Former Vice President Jejomar Binay

“Takot ba ang gobyerno sa libreng gulay (Is the government afraid of free vegetables)? Is the government so threatened by the idea of people sharing what they have with the poor and hungry that it is now harassing and red-tagging community pantries?” he posted on Twitter, Tuesday (April 20).

Binay, a staunch critic of the current administration, said if the government just provided adequate financial support to the public, there would be no community pantries.

“Sharing what we have with others is a Filipino trait. It is a Christian virtue. You cannot suppress what is innately Filipino and Christian,” the former vice president said.

Community pantries, according to Binay, do not select who can get assistance from them.

“Lahat ay Pilipino na nangangailangan at napabayaan ng gobyerno (All Filipinos in need and have been forsaken by the government),” he said.

The operation of the first community pantry on Maginhawa Street in Quezon City opened by Ana Patricia Non was halted Monday due to the red-tagging of authorities.

Non’s small act of kindness led others to put up their own community pantries in their respective areas.