By Deighton Acuin

PHOTO: Rappler

The National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) has been checking the backgrounds of the community pantry organizers, an official said Tuesday.

Southern Luzon Command Lieutenant General Antonio Parlade said in an interview over DZBB that some groups are conducting pantry initiatives just for their propaganda.

"We're just checking itong background ng mga 'to. Yes, chini-check 'yan [(We're just checking their background. Yes, they are being checked],” Parlade, who is also the spokesperson of the task force, said.

"Habang nandoon sila sa community, meron silang propaganda na ginagawa. May sinasabi silang gutom ang mga tao dahil sa kapalpakan ng gobyerno, kung anu-ano pa," Parlade added.

The military official denied the red-tagging activities against the organizers, adding they would release a statement in due course.

Parlade’s statement came after Maginhawa community pantry organizer Anna Patricia Non announced the sudden pause of operations due to safety concerns.

Meanwhile, Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Debold Sinas denied that there are profiling activities for those who are organizing the pantry initiative.