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Over the alleged red-tagging, Jejomar Binay slams the government.

JEJOMAR BINAY – Former Vice President Jejomar Binay slams the government following the allegations against organizers of the community pantry.

Started off by the Maginhawa Community Pantry, such a good deed went viral and since then, several cities in the country copied the technique in order to help those people who are in need and also to give the opportunity for people who wanted to share with the little that they have. Despite the brotherhood people have shown through this spread across the country, lawmakers revealed a harsh light over the government’s COVID-19 response.

Community Pantry
Photo lifted from Spot.ph

For this to be created by ordinary people to help one another accordingly showed the absence of help of the authorities to the people. However, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque denied the poor handling accusations against the government and apologized for the delay of cash assistance to the public. This he said on Monday, April 19.

While such movement is applauded online, DILG Undersecretary Martin Diño said Tuesday that community pantries must have permits from their respective local government. It is accordingly because such attracts a mass and crowd that leads to violating certain health protocols. He said in an interview, “Una, paisa-isa lang yan. Ngayon kaso dinumog na ng tao, ibig sabihin wala nang control pati yung protocol ngayon ay na-violate na.”

Also, there have been red-tagging allegations associated to the organizers of this movement. And with such issues circulating online, former vice president of the country, reacted to this and lambasted the allegations. Slamming the government, he stressed that if only the help from the government is enough, people won’t even have such an idea to fill what’s lacking.

He said, “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?”

In the second part of his thread on Twitter, he stated that sharing is a “Filipino trait” and a “Christian virtue” – something that’s innate and cannot be suppressed. The former VP added, “Hindi namimili ng binibigyan ng tulong ang community pantries. Lahat ay Pilipino na nangangailangan at napabayaan ng gobyerno.”

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