MANILA - Instead of profiling teachers, the Philippine National Police (PNP) should profile and monitor activities of sacked police officers and soldiers, a senator said Tuesday.
Sen. Panfilo Lacson, a former national police chief, said keeping track of sacked uniformed personnel will help authorities know if these people are being involved in illegal activities.
"The PNP should instead conduct profiling and surveillance on dishonorably discharged PNP and AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) personnel to keep track of their post-discharge activities including their lifestyle," he said.
Lacson cited gunmen who confessed to killing AKO Bicol Rep. Rodel Batocabe, who turned out to be dismissed Army sergeants that became members of a private army.
Members of the militant Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) earlier complained of police officers visiting their schools and asking for their names, bringing a supposed memo from the PNP intelligence division.
PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde denied issuing any memo to profile teachers but he said this move could be a part of their "intelligence monitoring."
Makabayan bloc lawmakers already sought a House probe into the memo that they said links Left-affiliated organizations like ACT to communist rebels without any strong basis.
ACT had slammed the PNP for its profiling activity and insisted that it is a legitimate group with a long history of service and is also duly recognized by concerned government agencies. --report from Robert Mano, ABS-CBN News