No excuses: Palace says lining up for community pantries not exempted from curfew

By Deighton Acuin

PHOTO: CBS News

MalacaƱang said falling in line in community pantries is not an excuse to curfew violations.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made the statement when asked on whether local officials should continue from imposing fines on those going outside just to avail food products from the pantries.

"We welcome bayanihan po para maibsan ang kagutuman sa gitna ng pandemya, pero ayaw rin natin maging dahilan ang community pantry para kumalat ang COVID-19," Roque said during a media briefing on Tuesday, April 27.

“That is why we are calling on community pantry organizers to coordinate their efforts with barangay and local officials,” he added.

At least 300 pantries have spotted across the Philippines after Maginhawa Community Pantry organizer Anna Patricia Non spearheaded the initiative.


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