MANILA—Actress Jodi Sta. Maria and singer Frankie Pangilinan on Friday said they are keen to post bail for 21 Quezon City residents who were arrested early this week for breaking the rules of the metro-wide enhanced community quarantine.
The residents of Sitio San Roque, Barangay Bagong Pag-asa gathered along EDSA on April 1 to protest the lack of food assistance from the local government, amid the coronavirus lockdown throughout Luzon that has cost the livelihood of many Filipinos.
On April 2, in a surprise televised address, President Rodrigo Duterte said he would not hesitate to have leftists arrested or killed, telling authorities to "shoot them dead," if necessary.
The San Roque protesters, who remained in jail on Friday, are now facing multiple charges that require a P15,000 bail each, according to BAYAN Secretary General Renato Reyes, Jr.
Reyes, in a tweet, appealed for help, writing: "Saan nilang lupalop kukunin 'yun? Their lawyer is now appealing for help. Tulungan po natin."
Sta. Maria was among the celebrities who responded to Reyes' plea.
Pangilinan, daughter of opposition Sen. Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan and music veteran Sharon Cuneta, also offered to help.
"And my parents would like to cover the other twenty," she added in a subsequent tweet.
Airing dismay over the situation involving hungry residents amid a pandemic, Pangilinan wrote: "I'm really sorry, I don't normally but that stuff out there, but nanginginig ako sa galit, and they need to be set free. And the faster we can get this done the better."
Pangilinan, 19, has been an outspoken critic of the Duterte administration. Notably, in December 2019, she made headlines when she answered Duterte's public allegation that her parents have separated.
"Like, imagine being more concerned with 'ruining' a perfectly happy family instead of being a good leader... If you come for my family, I'll come for you," she said at the time.