Albayalde has dire warning for Alliance of Concerned Teachers

PHLIPPINE National Police chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde said that members of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers with proven links to the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing, the New People’s Army, would find themselves facing criminal charges and revocation of their license to teach.

“If it’s proven, kung merong ebidensya linking ACT members, whether directly or indirectly to supporting the rebellion, we will file a case against them and won’t hesitate to recommend the revocation of their licenses before the Professional Regulations Commission,” the PNP chief told newsmen at Camp Crame.

He made the PNP position clear as the ACT prodded the Court of Appeals anew to stop the PNP from allegedly “profiling” their members.

Gen. Albayalde maintained that “profiling” is part of their intelligence effort. “It’s the mandate of the State to protect every citizen from the Enemies of the State,” he said referring to the background check on the ACT members.

In the first place, he said, it was self-exiled CPP chairman Jose Ma. Sison who identified ACT as one of their “front organizations” in the country.

“Parang abogado ‘yan. If you abuse your profession you can be disbarred. Pareho din ito. Baka akala nila. Marami na ring nawalan ng lisensya,” he said.

According to the PNP chief, recommending the revocation of a teacher’s license with the PRC is the same with recommending the disbarment of a lawyer if he is found to have committed acts inimical to his sworn oath.