Claim: Patricia Non, the pioneer of the community pantry movement, is part of the CPP-NPA
In an interview with SMNI, a certain Jeffrey Celiz claims that the Makabayan bloc party list is a legal front of the CPP-NPA. Along with this, he also claims that Ana Patricia Non, the young woman who started the community pantry movement at the height of the Covid pandemic, was likewise part of the CPP-NPA due to her connections with the Gabriela party-list (https://fb.watch/dlu1rVVTRZ).
These claims are false, slanderous, and examples of red-tagging
Patricia Non was a UP graduate of Fine Arts and the front-runner of the community pantry in Magnihawa street that sparked the community pantries across the country. The goal of these pantries was to alleviate hunger during the height of Covid when the country was in a lockdown since the administration during that time was failing in addressing the issues of the pandemic. Non even received the Ambassador’s Woman of Courage Award given by the US Embassy for her movement driven by kindness and generosity.
Jeffrey Celiz, on the other hand, was the former spokesperson of Iloilo ex-mayor Jed Mabilog and the star witness to the red-tagging probe that happened in 2020.
Celiz holds no credibility in his testimonies since majority of his claims have been inconsistent and do not support any evidence. Some of his previous falsifications include being a graduate of UP Diliman and being a part of the NPA’s military structure before it even existed.
Aside from Celiz, the network SMNI is also accountable for disseminating news like this with no concrete evidence. It is a fact that the owner of this network is Apollo Quiboloy, a felon wanted by the FBI for multiple charges of Sex Trafficking of Children, Sex Trafficking by Force, Fraud, and other crimes.
In line with this, It has already been fact-checked multiple times that the Makabayan bloc party list is not a front for the CPP-NPA.
Why we fact-checked this: Red-tagging is a serious offense and should be condemned since it endangers people’s lives. People and organizations who spread false news without any evidence are agents of disinformation. Always check for multiple concrete evidence before believing a claim.