Privacy body awaits PNP explanation on teacher 'profiling'

Jamaine Punzalan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 10 2019 11:14 AM | Updated as of Jan 10 2019 11:28 AM

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MANILA - The National Privacy Commission (NPC) on Thursday said it is waiting for the Philippine National Police's explanation over its supposed profiling of left-leaning teachers that triggered allegations of government crackdown on dissent.

The Alliance of Concerned Teachers recently claimed that police officers made rounds in several schools asking for the names of its members.

The NPC has reached out to police's own data privacy unit over the incident and expects to meet with its representatives soon, said agency chairman Ramon Liboro.

"Dapat pormal nating harapin itong mga bagay na ganito at malaman din sa pormal na pamamaraan ano nga ba itong issue na ito na bumabagabag sa ilang sectors," he told radio DZMM.

(We need to formally face things like this and learn what this issue, which bothered some sectors, is about.)

Police officers however do not need NPC's clearance for intelligence operations, clarified Liboro.

"Ang kailangan lamang po dito matukoy, masiguro na sa pagpapatupad naman po nito (batas), wala pong ibang nalalabag," he said.

(We only need to make sure that in enforcing the law, we are not violating another.)

"Nire-recognize iyun all over the world -- na ang law enforcement, public order action ay dapat din namang tumatalima dito sa pangakalahatang pagtataguyod ng privacy rights. Posible po iyan, nagagawa po iyan at iyun po ang aming gagawin ng Philippine National Police," he added.

(That is recognized all over the world -- that law enforcement, public order action should also uphold privacy rights. That is possible, it has been done and that is what we will do with the Philippine National Police.)

DZMM, 10 January 2019