THE POLICE rescued more than 1,030 members of indigenous people (IP) groups and 619 minors who were begging for alms in the streets in the days leading up to Christmas. Among IP, the National Capital Region Police Office report listed 202 Aetas, 198 Badjaos, and 630 others in 131 operations conducted in various districts from Dec. 11 to 25. All of the rescued beggars were turned over to the custody of the Department of Social Welfare and Development and local barangays. The rescue operations were in accordance with Presidential Decree 1563 or the Anti-Mendicancy Law of 1978, which states that giving alms to needy people who take to the streets is not the right way to help them as it breeds crime and creates traffic hazard. — Vince Angelo C. Ferreras