PNP chief denies putting up pantries with 'planted beneficiaries'

By Deighton Acuin

PHOTO: CDN/Inquirer

"Wala kaming kuwan, planting ganito. Alam mo, kaniya-kaniyang gimik 'yan para mapansin eh.”

This was what Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Debold Sinas had to say over a memorandum directing police officers to use “"planted beneficiary civilians" for its “Barangayanihan” initiative, adding the police organization does not have such implementations.

Sinas also said the Northern Mindanao Police Regional Office already denied the accusations regarding the order.

"They have already said that it didn't come from them," he told reporters on the sidelines of the ceremonial turnover of a new quarantine facility inside Camp Crame.

Sinas’ statement came after the PRO10 allegedly posted a memo requiring community presincts to set up their own community pantries inspired to the Maginhawa pantry in Quezon City.

"Respective beneficiaries will take pictures of the activity and post in their respective FB accounts. These netizens can be planted beneficiary civilians so as to manifest community's appreciation," part of the memorandum read.

Moreover, Sinas said in the same interview that the Criminal Investigation and Detection (CIDG) and the Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG) have been tasked to “verify the veracity of the report.”


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