PNP to allow mass feeding programs

Third Anne Peralta-Malonzo

AMID the prohibition on mass gatherings in line with the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon, Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Archie Gamboa said feeding programs for the poor will still be allowed.

Gamboa said they will not stop the public from providing free meals for the less fortunate as long as social distancing is observed.

“If this is addressed to the less fortunate, then I think what should be observed is the social distancing. But it should not prohibit especially if ang pinapakain natin ay ang less fortunate of our society,” Gamboa said in a press briefing in Malacanang.

Meanwhile, PNP spokesperson Brigadier General Bernard Banac said the PNP will beef up security operations on the streets to prevent possible crime incidents and looting.

He, however, belied reports of looting on social media.

"Lahat ng mga police commanders ay binigyan na ni PNP Chief Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa ng direktiba na increased presence of police sa ating mga lansangan at damihan pa ang ating roving patrol para bigyan ng assurance ang publiko na titiyakin nating wala pong magaganap na disorder sa ating palibot," said Banac.

"Wala pong dapat ipangamba at tayo po ay makakaasa na lahat po ay gagawan ng paraan ng ating pamahalaan upang maibsan ang dinaranas ng lahat ng kababayan natin," he added.

Gamboa has warned those sharing fake news on social media that the PNP-Anti-Cybercrime Group is already tracing the source of these false information. (SunStar Philippines)