Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Oscar Albayalde on Monday ordered the relief of three intelligence officers, who allegedly leaked information on the supposed profiling of members of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT).
Albayalde also vowed to seriously look into the matter while noting that he did not authorize anybody to conduct such surveillance on teachers but insisted that such actions are part of the police’s intelligence monitoring system.
The militant teacher’s organization earlier claimed police officers have been approaching officials of local schools and asking for a list of ACT members in their respective learning institutions.
“This is just part of our intelligence monitoring and this does not mean that you are already considered an enemy (of the state) if you are subjected to such initiative,” Albayalde said.
“If you are proud member of your organization like ACT and you are not doing anything illegal, then you have nothing to be afraid of,” he added.
The three relieved intelligence officers came from Manila Police District Station 3, Quezon City Police Station Station 6 and in Zambales province.
Meanwhile, Malacañang yesterday clarified that that it was not a policy of the government to conduct a surveillance on teachers unless they are involved in illegal activities.
“Definitely the policy is not to surveil teachers, President Duterte loves our teachers and that’s for sure,” presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said.
“But if you are doing something that is irregular, it’s the job of the police to monitor what you are doing,” he added.
Panelo theorized that if there was indeed surveillance being done, the teachers could be facing complaints or could be communist sympathizers.
“Maybe those being monitored could be committing illegal acts. Remember that ACT is a legal organization but is identified with the left,” he said.
“The President and the PNP already mentioned previously that there are some legal organizations but are actually fronts of the leftist movement,” Panelo explained.
He reiterated that ACT members who are not doing anything irregular have nothing to worry.
With Kristina Maralit