Woe to the state
that considers teachers its enemies - ACT
February 8, 2019
QUEZON CITY – The
Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) expressed alarm over Philippine
National Police's (PNP) announcement that intelligence operations on
their organization will continue following the Court of Appeals (CA)
dismissal of ACT's petition to declare PNP's profiling of its
"This is precisely what we
were worried about – PNP is now taking CA's decision as a nod to
their illegal operations. It has emboldened state forces to continue
and intensify their attacks against our organization," stated
Raymond Basilio, ACT Secretary General.
Earlier today, PNP and the
Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) welcomed the
ruling of CA, adding that they will continue surveilling on 'enemies
of the state.'
"They used to have a hard
time getting their stories straight when asked about the profiling,
but now the truth's out. They consider teachers, as well as anyone
else who dare fight for their rights and welfare, as enemies of the
state. What they fail to realize, however, is they've also exposed
themselves to be the real enemy of the people," said Basilio.
ACT said that such a
stance taken on by state forces has "no place in a democratic
country like ours."
"Democracy puts primacy on
civilians and their rights, which the state has an obligation to
uphold and protect. Police forces, on the other hand, has a duty to
'serve and protect' the people, not to suspect and make enemies out
of them," concluded Basilio.