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Gov't intel personnel, not pantry organizers, ordered profiled

By Gigie Arcilla / Philippine News Agency

MANILA – As government security forces confront allegations of red-tagging and profiling by community pantry organizers, a classified information report showed that it is the former who are being profiled by communist-affiliated organizations.

“The Central leadership of the CPP (Communist Party of the Philippines) has directed all front-organizations (Bayan [Bagong Alyansang Makabayan}, KMP [Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas], LFS [League of Filipino Students], Anakpwis, Anakbayan, Gabriela, Karapatan, among others to discreetly profile known and compromised intelligence personnel of the State, particularly of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police,” the information report said.

It was gathered that the said profiles will have to be submitted to the “CPP Military Commission for records purposes and other necessary actions.”

Tactical offensives

Along with the “profiling” directive, is an order for the continuing tactical offensives nationwide in response to the red-tagging, deaths, and human rights violations of militant groups.

Bayan, KMP, LFS, Gabriela, together with the Alliance of Concerned Teachers, and KADENA were named, in an international conference in Belgium in 1987, by CPP founding chairman Jose Maria Sison as part of the CPP-New People’s Army democratic forces in advancing their Philippine revolution.

The reliable classified information report is dated April 9, 2021, even before the first batch of community pantries started their operations in mid-April.

On April 19, an organizer of a community pantry in Quezon City announced a temporary halt of operations due to safety concerns after alleged red-tagging activities by the police, while some other community pantries reportedly had the same experiences.

Philippine National Police chief, Gen. Debold Sinas earlier said there is no order from the National Headquarters to conduct any form of profiling of organizers of community pantries.

Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año also said he has not ordered the PNP to look into community pantries that have sprouted across the country, adding that police have no intention to interfere "but to serve the best interest of law and order and public safety in such public activities.” (PNA)

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