The Philippine National Police (PNP) announced that they are mulling the possible revocation of the professional licenses of members of Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) who are linked to communist groups.
PNP chief General Oscar Albayalde said they will be coordinating with the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) if the revocation of licenses is possible. This came after ACT continued to ask the Court of Appeals (CA) to reconsider its decision junking their petition to stop the PNP’s supposed conduct surveillance and profiling of their members.
Albayalde said, “The court has already dismissed their petition. I don’t know if that will be entertained, though it is their right.”
The PNP chief continued that they will not hesitate to file charges against ACT members who are linked to anti-government efforts and activities. Albayalde said, “We also have the right to file cases against them once we find physical evidence that will show their participation in rebellion.”
“We will not hesitate to file a case against them and we will not also hesitate to file a petition to have their license revoked if necessary, “ he added.
Albayalde gave a stern warning, “Remember, your license is not a right. It’s a privilege given to you by the state. It can always be revoked by the state if you abuse your profession.”
Albayalde admitted that the “profiling” of ACT members was merely part of their intelligence efforts after ACT was mentioned by the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founding chairman Jose Maria Sison as one of their legal fronts.
“We did not say that. It was Joma Sison who said the ACT is one of their front organizations. And until now, they cannot denounce that they are actually a front organization of the CPP-NPA-NDF,” said Albayalde.
The Court of Appeals has junked the ACT’s petition seeking a stop to the PNP’s alleged “profiling” of its members.
Manila Bulletin, PNA