Alliance of Concerned Teachers appeals Court of Appeals ruling

March 04, 2019
Oscar D. Albayalde

THE Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) yesterday asked the Court of Appeals to reconsider its ruling junking the group’s bid to stop the Philippine National Police (PNP) from profiling their members.

In a motion for reconsideration, ACT admitted that it failed to attach certified true copies of the PNP memoranda, supposedly ordering intelligence operatives to profile teachers, because the PNP itself publicly denied its existence.

Also, the group bared that it asked PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde for copies of the memoranda, but up to now, their request has not been granted.

Last month, the CA junked ACT’s petition due to technicality, like failure of petitioners to submit certified true copies of the assailed memoranda.

It held that the petition failed to meet the requirement under Rule 65, Section 2 in relation to Rule 46, Section 3 of the Rules of Court.

The CA also cited the failure of ACT to state material dates in their petition, specifically the dates when the petitioners received the various assailed PNP Memoranda.

In their petition, the ACT officers and members asked the CA to stop the PNP from ordering its members to conduct an inventory of all teachers who belong to ACT for being unconstitutional.

Philippine National Police chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde meanwhile 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 that would lead to the 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.

With Alfred Dalizon