Stop ‘harassment’ of teachers – Alliance of Concerned Teachers lawmaker

January 08, 2019
Antonio Tinio

A MILITANT congressman yesterday said charges would be filed with the Office of the Ombudsman against officials of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) for profiling teachers linked with the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) party-list group.

ACT Rep. Antonio Tiñio said the PNP’s memorandum on the profiling of teachers should be rescinded as he asked the authorities to stop its harassment of teachers, organizations, party-list groups and candidates.

“Hinihiling namin ang pagtigil nito at panawagan namin sa PNP at Malacanang na irespeto ang demokratikong karapatan ng mga guro,” said Tiñio in a press conference. “ACT will be taking legal action.”

Tiñio explained that the PNP memorandum dated September 25, 2018 was in violation of human rights and election laws.

“Pagtuunan nila ng pansin ang mga kriminal, ang mga masasamang loob. Bakit ang mga teachers? Ano bang nilalabag na batas ng ACT. Mali bang magdemand ng mataas na suweldo sa mga teachers? What is wrong? Why are the police wasting resources on our teachers?” said Tiñio.

According to Tiñio, 200,000 out of 700,000 public school teachers are ACT members.

At the same time, the seven-man Makabayan bloc that included Tiñio sought a congressional probe into the matter through House Resolution (HR) No. 2233.