Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Debold Sinas on Tuesday denied the alleged police profiling of organizers of community pantries, which sprouted recently amid the hardship brought upon by the COVID-19 pandemic.
"There is no order from the National Headquarters to conduct any form of profiling of organizers of community pantries," Sinas said amid reports that some of the organizers were being red-tagged and asked for information by supposed government authorities.
"It is beyond the interest of the PNP to delve into purely voluntary personal activities of private citizens," Sinas said.
On Monday, Anna Patricia Non, organizer of the Maginhawa Community Pantry, said they would temporarily halt their operation for the safety of its volunteers amid the alleged red-tagging.
The National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict has allegedly posted graphics on its Facebook page linking community pantry initiatives to the communist movement.
The Quezon City Police District has also posted a similar graphic on its Facebook page.
Sinas said the PNP are aware that the activities of these community pantries are an expression of Bayanihan spirit. However, he pointed out they have no intention to interfere with the activities of the community pantries but to ensure law, order, and public safety.
"Of particular consideration is the observance of public health standards when there is gathering of ten or more persons that builds-up a crowd," Sinas said. —KBK, GMA News