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Belmonte defends Maginhawa community pantry from red-tagging allegation, appeals to anti-communist task force vs sowing fear

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Walang basehan ang red tagging!

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte is wondering why Maginhawa community pantry organizer was red-tagged.

As far she’s concerned, there’s no basis to red tag Patricia Non and other volunteers who feared for their safety after being questioned by policemen.

“Never once has it been reported to me that there was any kind of recruitment going on, or any inciteful language being spoken, or any kind of propaganda being spread, or any kind of placards being put up,” Belmonte said on Politiskoop.

Belmonte said the three policemen who questioned Non were deployed by the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC).

She said NTF-ELCAC didn’t coordinate with them, even when they have existing protocols in place. ELCAC is represented in the city’s peace and order council.

Apparently, city officials were taught how to assess and identify possible insurgents.

“Nagtataka lang ako bakit hindi nila pinagkakatiwalaan ang sarili nilang sistema kasi tinuro nila ‘yan sa amin.” she said.

“They can always coordinate with us. Because ang magiging outcome ng kanilang nagawa na iniikutan nila ang lahat ng mga community pantries is they inadvertently, I’m sure hindi naman nila sinadya, is they sowed fear,” she stressed.

There are so far 81 community pantries in Quezon City. Belmonte has offered to assist to them, especially in helping implement health protocols.