MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) has refuted reports of alleged ‘planted beneficiaries’ in its community pantries in different regions.
The issue stemmed from an alleged memorandum from Police Regional Office 10 Director PBGen. Rolando Anduyan ordering cops to take selfies with so-called ‘planted beneficiaries’ and post them on social media.
PNP Chief General Debold Sinas said, there is no such order coming from him.
Anduyan also denied issuing the said memorandum. He, however, confirmed that they coordinated with local barangay officials for such community pantries.
“We seek help doon sa barangay kasi sila ang nakakakilala doon sa mga tao na really needs help,” Anduyan said.
PNP Spokesperson PBGen. Ronaldo Olay, meanwhile, said that those police officers who took selfies of their activities did so for the documentation of what they have done throughout the day.
“Kasi every activity merong after-activity report ang mga units natin. Halimbawa isang police station nag conduct ng barangayanihan, they have to submit after-activity report and what is the best proof na talagang nag-conduct sila? So in the form of pictures,” Olay said.
The official added that ‘barangayanihan’ is not new to the police force because the PNP has been doing such charity work since 2015 under the Office of the Directorate for Police Community Relation.
Sinas, in the meantime, ordered an investigation to identify the persons behind the malicious post against the police in relation to the community pantry.
“It is not within the PNP to make such allegations na mga ganun. So we will have the CIDG and the Cybercrime to investigate those so-called posts,“ he said.
Sinas stressed that their efforts are for those who are in need of food and they are not favoring anyone for that matter. –MNP (with reports from Lea Ylagan)