Patreng Non makes call after Senator Zubiri’s ejection from ‘Team Pink’
The founder of the community pantry movement called for the inclusion of Atty. Neri Colmenares in the senatorial line up of Vice President Leni Robredo and Senator Kiko Pangilinan.
In a Facebook post, Maginhawa Community Pantry founder Ana Patricia Non in Filipino said, “We need Atty. Neri in Team Robredo-Pangilinan.”
Non said she has known Colmenares since her student days at the University of the Philippines.
“He had always been with us, often leading campaigns on issues about the youth, workers, farmers and human rights,” Non wrote.
She added that Colmenares have served the Filipino people even before the former three-time Bayan Muna Representative had become a politician.
Non also recalled that the Makabayan Coalition president was among the first who offered support to her family when she was red-tagged after founding the Maginhawa Community Pantry.
“I was confused then, I remember, and it was good that someone (Colmenares) assisted us,” she said.
Non’s call came after the Robredo-Pangilinan team announced dropping re-electionist Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri from among its guest candidates.
Robredo spokesperson Atty. Ibarra Gutierrez announced Wednesday Zubiri’s dropping from their line-up for violating their agreement of no direct endorsement of rival candidates.
Zubiri has directly endorsed the candidacy of former Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr, Gutierrez said.
Many other Colmenares supporters also took on social media to call for his inclusion in the Robredo-Pangilinan senatorial line-up as replacement for Zubiri.
Colmenares and fellow Makabayan senatorial candidate Elmer “Bong” Labog are included in the parallel 1Sambayan senatorial candidate but are excluded in the official Robredo-Pangilinan senatorial line up, reportedly because of the opposition of other candidates such as former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. # (Raymund B. Villanueva)