The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) partylist welcomes a dialogue with the Philippine National Police (PNP) in order to discuss the latter’s profiling and surveillance of the former’s members
ACT Partylist Rep. Antonio Tinio said that they want to directly express their concerns and problems to the PNP after a leaked memorandum showed that the law enforcement unit requested public and private schools to submit an inventory of educators affiliated to the partylist.
PNP Chief Dir. Gen. Oscar Albayalde explained that the profiling of ACT partylist members seeks to identify individuals supporting the Communist Party of the Philippines -New People’s Army -National Democratic Front of the Philippines (CPP-NPA-NDFP).
Tinio stressed that their members are not criminals, and belied the allegations that their partylist is a front organization for the CPP-NPA-NDFP.
“Bukas sa publiko ang ginagawa ng ACT. Ipinaglalaban ang karapatan at kagalingan, mabigay ang disenteng sweldo para sa mga teacher, mas mataas na budget para sa edukasyon, and so on,” Tinio said during DZRH’s Isyu.
The congressman believes that the profiling of the PNP seeks to intimidate their partylist and other teachers. He also claimed that the police wants to prevent them from winning a seat in the House of Representatives in the upcoming mid-term elections.
“Doon sa memo ng PNP nakalagay pa doon na may kaugnayan ito sa parating na eleksyon. Ang pangamba natin, ginagawa ito ngayon, para hadlangan ang paglahok ng aming partylist, at muling pag-panalo sa eleksyon,” Tinio explained.
“Walang kinalaman sa CPP-NPA ang members ng ACT. Hindi tama na gawin kami target ng intelligence and surveillance,” Tino added.
Tinio said that they already held dialogues with the Department of Education (DepEd), and the Commission on Human Rights regarding the profiling of the PNP.
The representative said that they plan to file a House resolution seeking a legislative investigation on the intelligence gathering operations of the PNP and the agency’s possible violations of the law and the rights of the teachers.
Tinio mentioned that the DepEd and the National Privacy Commission Act said that the PNP cannot gather personal information due to the Data Privacy Act (Republic Act 10173).
Earlier, Tinio also revealed that they plan to file charges against the PNP for what they perceive as an illegal profiling of their members.