PNP: Food, 'lugaw' essential if 'legitimately delivered'

The Philippine National Police (PNP) clarified on Thursday, April 1, that all food items that are "legitimately delivered," including lugaw (rice porridge), are essential goods that should be allowed during the lockdown.

"The position of the PNP is that ANY KIND OF FOOD that is legitimately delivered upon orders by residents during the period of ECQ in the NCR Bubble is considered as part of essential goods," the PNP said in a statement.

The PNP did not expound on what "legitimately delivered" meant.

The PNP was reacting to the latest brouhaha involving law enforcers, when they apprehended a rider who was delivering lugaw in a Bulacan town. Police and village security insisted that lugaw was not essential food.

"Unless for any other reason in violation of law, the delivery of food to a requesting party on quarantine at their residence is essential and must not be subject of issuance of LGU-sanctioned ticket done within the NCR Bubble," the PNP said.

The PNP said residents can complain to police stations about local officials and police personnel who do not abide by their advisory.

Metro Manila and 4 nearby provinces are on a lockdown until April 4 following the surge in the number of COVID-19 cases. –

Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.