Last April 1, 21 Quezon City residents were arrested for holding a protest amid the Luzon-wide lockdown.
A video tweeted on DZMM’s TeleRadyo Twitter page showed residents from Sitio San Roque, Brgy, Bagong Pag-asa, Quezon City gathered alongside EDSA on April 1 to protest the local government’s lack of food assistance amid Luzon’s coronavirus lockdown.
The bail for each arrested resident was set at P15,000. Bagong Alyansang Makabayan’s Renato Reyes Jr. tweeted about the dilemma the protesters were facing and how they would not be able to afford their bail.
Actress Jodi Sta. Maria stepped in and said she would pay the bail for four of the detainees.
Ilan pa po ang kailangan? https://t.co/jy3O30ul5S
— Jodi Sta.Maria (@JodiStaMaria) April 3, 2020
Frankie Pangilinan also spoke up and said she would pay for one. She added that her parents—namely Senator Francis Pangilinan and Megastar Sharon Cuneta—would pay for the rest.
i’ll sponsor one. please give the details. https://t.co/R5C8Uqzqzo
— kakie (@kakiep83) April 3, 2020
Netizens were touched by the generous gesture and said as much on Twitter,
Actress Jodi Sta. Maria and Megastar's daughter Kakie Pangilinan donates for the bail of the 21arrested in Sitio San Roque, Quezon City. The urban poor community called on their local government for assistance, but instead of getting help they were violently dispersed. pic.twitter.com/lhWv1qiOjY
— Jon Callueng (@thejoncallueng) April 3, 2020
There's probably more who's offered to sponsor the bail of the San Roque residents who were arrested. By my count, there's Frankie Pangilinan and her parents, then there's Jodi Sta. Maria. pic.twitter.com/IfHUnftaS0
— hello how u today? (@PHnewseditor) April 3, 2020
On the other hand, the Quezon City government said that there has been continuous distribution of food packs throughout the city, both by the local government and the barangays, to ensure that the families affected are taken care of during this period of crisis.