MANILA, Philippines—The National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) has raised concerns over several community pantries that distribute anti-government pamphlets.
Due to this, NTF ELCAC spokesperson, Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade, Jr. said they will continue to conduct background investigations on organizers of community pantries who have a different motive other than providing aid to fellow Filipinos. This is amid netizens slamming police authorities’ red-tagging organizers.
“Mayroon silang dini- distribute na mga leaflets at ibang mga materials, bakit sila magpapaskil ng mga anti-government na may slogans, mayroon pang stop killing farmers at kung anu-ano (They are distributing leaflets and other materials. Why are they posting anti-government slogans and posts to stop killing farmers),” he said in a phone interview.
Based on the information gathered by the NTF-ELCAC, there are community pantries that are also distributing pamphlets that are encouraging the public to be against the government.
“Ang post nila ang nakalagay ‘I love CPP-NPA,’ tapos mga pictures ng community pantry at nakalagay sa baba ay ‘Community Pantry of the Philippines-National Pantries Association’. Mga propagandist talaga kaya dapat mag-ingat tayo (The post says, ‘I love CPP-NPA’ with photos of community pantry and there is a ‘Community Pantry of the Philippines-National Pantries Association’ written below. They are propagandists so we have to be careful),” Parlade added.
Conversely, Parlade on his social media post, made mention of other organizations that also conduct distribution of food and other essentials for free without so much fanfare.
Meanwhile, Parlade said organizers of community pantries should have nothing to worry about if they are not hiding or violating anything. He also urged them to continue helping without any hidden agenda. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)