Lugaw delivery rider pleads for help after allegedly receiving threats

MANILA, Philippines – Through a Facebook live video, the Grab delivery rider who figured in the viral “lugaw” video in Bulacan has asked the public for help after allegedly receiving threats.

Marvin Ignacio, who was barred from delivering lugaw or rice porridge by a female barangay personnel from Barangay Muzon, San Jose del Monte, Bulacan, claimed that three men threatened him on Thursday, March 31.

Marvin Ignacio viral delivery rider lugaw
PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook/Marvin Ignacio

According to Ignacio, the men showed him a presumed memorandum instructing the closure of the Lugaw Pilipinas store, the rice porridge store that processed his order on March 30. However, Ignacio found their activity suspicious as they weren’t accompanied by barangay officials.

He also revealed that the men, who reportedly intimidated him, visited him during curfew hours.

“Kahina-hinala yung galaw nila. Wala silang kasamang barangay tanod, wala silang [police] mobile. Naka-motor lang talaga sila, tapos ang gusto nila isara yung tindahan kasi mayroon daw silang memo na pinapakita,” Ignacio said.

Fearing for his safety, Ignacio urged the public to share his post in order for it to reach Raffy Tulfo, a broadcast journalist known for his radio program which focuses on helping the poor with domestic affairs as well as social injustices.

“Tulungan niyo po kami parang awa niyo na po i-share iyo po itong live para po mapansin nila Sir Raffy Tulfo.

As of writing, Ignacio’s video has amassed over 4,400 shares, 2,400 comments and 2,200 reactions.

Posted by Marvin Ignacio on Thursday, April 1, 2021

Phez Raymundo, the female barangay official behind the viral video, has also apologized to Ignacio and the owner of Lugaw Pilipinas.

WATCH: Barangay officials in viral ‘lugaw’ issue finally apologize

“Kung na-offend ka sa aking nabanggit, ako ay humihingi ng paumanhin, kasama na rin po doon sa may-ari ng establishment at mga grab drivers,” said Raymundo. "Yun po ay hindi intensyonal. Dahil late na po ng madaling araw 'yun, napagod din po siguro ako. Nagkamali po ako nang pagpili ng salita,” Raymundo said.

Meanwhile, Barangay Muzon chief Marciano Gatchalian has already issued an apology to Ignacio as well as the public over the incident that became a nationwide topic and prompted Malacañang to clarify that lugaw and other food items are essential.

— Mini, The Summit Express

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