March 3, 2024

City Prosecutor Elmer Manuel Sagsago has asked Mayor Benjamin Magalong to consider coming up with policies regarding the operation of food delivery services that were issued food passes.

In a management committee meeting on May 28, Sagsago suggested that food pass handlers should sign a waiver to allow police to conduct an extensive search of their deliveries.

The chief prosecutor said for the past several weeks, there has been a surge in complaints filed at his office for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.

He said authorities suspect that some food pass handlers are being used to smuggle drugs into the city.

Magalong has confirmed to the Courier that he has been receiving reports that some of those who were issued food passes are suspected of delivering drugs. However, he said there will not be changes in the movement of food delivery services.

He said extensive search will only be done if the police receive a highly probable tip about those who use their passes for illegal activities.

“Hindi natin ide-delay ang operation nila,” Magalong assured. 

Because of limited transportation, errand and food delivery services have been in demand during the enhanced community quarantine.

The Department of Trade and Industry or the Department of Agriculture issue passes for food delivery services. – Rimaliza A. Opiña