Since the implementation of a community quarantine on 17 March to address the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of Filipinos have been unable to earn a living. On 1 April, residents of San Roque village, Quezon City gathere...
Since the implementation of a community quarantine on 17 March to address the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of Filipinos have been unable to earn a living. On 1 April, residents of San Roque village, Quezon City gathered at a private company in which they were told would distribute aid. When this did not happen, they decided to peacefully protest to call for government aid. Police violently dispersed the peaceful protest of resistants’ who just wanted food aid from there government.
Following the dispersal, 21 individuals were arrested and detained for five days before being released on a PhP 15,000 bail with various charges, including “unlawful assembly” and “non-cooperation in a health emergency”, with combined penalties of up to 20 months in jail and fines of over PhP 1.1 million (USD 22,000) each. The average Filipino family make around PhP 8,000 a month ($160)mo) if they could find a job. But with prices on the rise due to the change in supply and demand caused by panic buying most Filipinos have already dug up there savings some having no savings to fall back on. This is the case with around 80% of the nation and certainly the case with these protestors. We are raising total 5000 USD which will help these 21 individuals families who are going through an extreme hard time having to deal with hunger and the government bearing down them for pleading for food.
Additionally, a community kitchen set up in San Roque by a local group for the resident’s daily food needs has also been dismantled by the police and prevented from continuing.
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