The profiling of teachers associated with Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) by the Philippine National Police (PNP) apparently continued, with reports of a similar letter coming from the local police asking for a list of teachers who are members of ACT in Northern Mindanao.
ACT Region 10 posted in its Facebook page a copy of the letter signed by a certain SPO3 Marvin Bolanio, Chief Intel of Cagayan de Oro Police Office Police Station 2 addressed to the Principal of Camaman-an Elementary School, in Cagayan de Oro which was received on Monday at around 2:00 pm, requesting for a list of teachers who are members of ACT.
ACT Region 10 President Ophelia Gallardo-Tabacon denounced the police’s profiling, as a form of harassment and blatant violation of their right to privacy.
“Profiling in a way to threaten ACT members is a clear violation of the right to self-organization, freedom of expression and assembly, right to privacy, as well as the Republic Act No. 4670 (Magna Carta for Public School Teachers) – Sections 27, 28 and 29,” Gallardo-Tabacon said.
The group condemned the continuing profiling by the police despite the statement made by PNP Director General Oscar Albayalde earlier this year, that he did not sign any order to conduct such inventory against ACT members or allies.
Education Secretary Leonor Briones issued Memorandum No. 002 series of 2019, directing its officials to refer interagency requests for data that involve sharing of sensitive personal information in their custody-whether they may be of teaching or nonteaching personnel. (davaotoday.com)