CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: Deputy House Speaker Rufus Rodriguez on Saturday urged the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to investigate and file charges against “red tagging’” perpetrators in the country.
“Red tagging” is condemnable and a serious violation of a person’s right that has to be stopped,” Rodriguez, a legislator from Cagayan De Oro, said in reaction to the closure of the Kauswagan Community Pantry because of the alleged “red tagging” of its organizer.
Rene Priincipe, Jr., 22, a faculty member of the University of the Philippines, opened the Pasil Community Pantry in Kauswagan, a village north of here, on April 19, 2021 but was closed two days later after he was “”red tagged” as allleged member of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).
Rodriguez said that his congressional office obtained photos of unidentified individuals distributing leaflets in the vicinity of the pantry accusing Principe as a communist.
“We have no idea who these individuals who were distributing the derogatory accusations against the organizers of the pantry. Thus, I am urging the NBI and the Commissions on Human Rights (CHR) to conduct a probe and file charges to those involved in these condemnable acts,” Rodriguez said.
He said that no less than President Duterte encourages the operation of pantries in the country as one of the methods to extend voluntary food assistance to the indigents in the community at the time when the country is reeling from the effects of the COVID -19 pandemic.
Organizers of the community pantries voluntarily extend foods, vegetables, and basic household needs to indigents in the community.
Rodriguez said that he is filing a resolution in Congress that would penalize all those involved in the “red tagging” activities in the country. -0-