LIVE: House hearing on community pantries


The House of Representatives’ committee on human rights holds a hearing on community pantries that have sprouted across the Philippines, after several lawmakers called attention to the police’s harassment and red-tagging of pantry organizers.

The first community pantry, the one along Maginhawa Street in Quezon City, temporarily halted operations because of red-tagging by the government.

A community pantry in Marikina also closed after police attempted to profile the organizers. Another in Tacloban was also red-tagged on a local radio show.

Patricia Non, the woman who started the Maginhawa Community Pantry, has become a constant target of death and rape threats. (READ: [EDITORIAL] Bakit takot ang gobyerno sa community pantry?)

Lawmakers said government officials made the operations more difficult and dangerous for organizers and volunteers. Legislators from both the Senate and the House of Representatives have sought to defund the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) for red-tagging the community pantry organizers.

Bookmark this page to watch the hearing on Wednesday, May 19, at 9 am. –