THE Philippine National Police yesterday maintained that it is their duty to enforce the law and protect the citizens of the land amid questions raised by ACT on the reported police background check being conducted on some of their members following a statement by self-exiled Communist Party of the Philippines founding chairman Jose Ma. Sison that they are one of their “fronts” in the country.
“We’d rather reserve our point-by-point rebuttal to the issues raised by the Alliance of Concerned Teachers before the proper forum at the most appropriate time. However I am surprised at the propriety of questioning the wisdom of state policy declared in the fundamental law of the land,” PNP spokesman Chief Superintendent Benigno B. Durana Jr. said in a press statement..
The official said that the PNP is the national police force mandated with the duty to enforce the law and maintain peace and order as a function of government consistent with state policy declared in Article II Section 5 of the Constitution that “the maintenance of peace and order, the protection of life, liberty, and property, and the promotion of the general welfare are essential for the enjoyment by all the people of the blessings of democracy.”
“It is the duty of the state to protect its citizens and the national interest against the enemies of the state (Communist Terrorist Groups or CPP/NPA) including their allies or front organizations specifically those enumerated by Jose Ma. Sison, no less, such as BAYAN, GABRIELLA, ACT, KMP, LFS, KMU, etc.,’ he said.
According to the PNP spokesperson, “gathering intelligence allows the state to distinguish genuine progressives from unrepentant communist terrorists out to overthrow a duly elected government through violent means; routinely extort, burn and loot assets of businesses that gave livelihood to peace-loving citizens of this country.”
“It should be understood that the scope of Republic Act 10173 or the Data Privacy Act of 2012, specifically does not apply to “Information necessary in order to carry out the functions of public authority which includes the processing of personal data for the performance by the independent, central monetary authority and law enforcement and regulatory agencies of their constitutionally and statutorily mandated functions.” (Section 4 Paragraph E).”
Durana said that the PNP recognizes ACT as a legitimate union of teachers in the Philippines established since 1982 for the purpose of protecting the rights of teachers.
“But they ceased to enjoy this recognition when the enemies of the state proclaimed ACT as one of their own -- as among the front organizations under its wing that work in support of the forces of the armed revolution. Such bold pronouncement by CPP/NPA/NDF Chair Jose Ma. Sison, no less, identifies ACT as sharing the CPP/NPA/NDF objective of overthrowing the duly constituted government of the Republic of the Philippines through armed revolution,” he said.
“Because Sison himself has identified ACT as a front organization of the CPP/NPA/NDF, the burden is now upon members of ACT to dissociate themselves from this terrorist organization and denounce its infiltration, manipulation, and use of the ranks of Filipino educators,” Durana said.