By Billy Begas
Bayan Muna Rep. Ferdinand Gaite on Monday questioned the profiling of the organizers of community pantries.
“Para saan itong form na pinapa-fill up ng mga pulis? Bakit kailangan tanungin kung may kinabibilangang organisasyon ang mga nagtayo ng community pantry? Is this profiling of pantry organizers necessary? Saan naman nila gagamitin ang mga impormasyon na kinukuha nila? Dapat sagutin ito ng PNP,” Gaite said.
Gaite said the “DDS trolls” have started to malign community pantry organizers labeling them as “an effort to discredit the Duterte government and its pandemic response.”
“Para dito ba itong intel gathering ng PNP? Are they preparing to red-tag the initiative and the people behind it?” Gaite added.
In a Facebook post, Marikit Arellano shared that police officers went to their community pantry in Pandacan, Manila and inquired about her identity and affiliation. The police also asked them to fill up a form from the PNP-Joint Industrial Peace and Concerns Office (JIPCO).
“Mabuti pa siguro ay mag-donate na lang itong mga pulis kesa gawin itong profiling na ito. It is unnecessary, and it also causing anxiety among the organizers of pantries,” the solon said.
He further asked: “Have you no decency?” Tumutulong na nga, tinatakot niyo pa.”