‘Lies,’ Albayalde says of ACT complaint

PHILIPPINE National Police chief, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde yesterday dismissed as lies allegations made anew by the militant Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) that police are harassing their officers and members through the so-called “profiling.”

The PNP chief issued the statement as the ACT claimed before the Court of Appeals that the PNP and other security forces were harassing its members through “profiling” and other methods.

‘’These are all allegations and I think that is one way of protecting themselves,” he said.

Saying that the PNP only performs its legal mandate and won’t tolerate abusive acts by any of its personnel, the PNP chief said that militant groups, ACT not excluded, have often accused the police force of committing highly-irregular acts which they failed to substantiate before the proper forum.

“Nothing prospers in what they do because everything is fabricated,” he said.

Although he maintained that police have already stopped conducting background investigation of ACT members which the group claimed is part of government “profiling,” Gen. Albayalde maintained that similar background checks are but normal part of police work specifically on those applying for gun permits and joining the government.

The process is not unique to teachers since almost everybody especially new job applicants are being subjected to the process to determine if they are really good citizens or have no trouble with the law.

The PNP chief also said that they also have to follow the request of different government agencies to conduct background checks on their employees including teachers who are under the supervision of the Department of Education or the Commission on Higher Education.

Oust Duterte plotters

At the same time, Gen. Albayalde, who recently returned to the country after a 9-day official mission in Bavaria, Germany, said they are ready to arrest people who will violate the law in their attempt to impeach President Duterte.

“Well, of course kung ipag-utos ng Presidente at may makita naman tayong violations of the law, why not,” he said while maintaining such a move will depend on what law will be violated.