MANILA - The Court of Appeals has rejected the petition of several teachers' organizations to stop the allegedly illegal police profiling of their ranks, which had triggered allegations of a government crackdown on dissent.
The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) earlier claimed that police officers asked for names of the group's members in several schools in Malabon, Cebu, Isabela and some Mindanao provinces. The law enforcers allegedly showed a memo to justify their visit.
Associate Justice Nina Antonio-Valenzuela, in a resolution promulgated last Feb. 4, dismissed the petition of ACT Philippines citing several "infirmities."
The petitioners failed to submit a certified copy of the police memo and state when they received a copy of the document, the resolution said.
The plea, it added, did not indicate the date of issuance of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) membership number of the petitioners' legal counsel, as well as its professional tax number, in violation of Bar Matter.
The Makabayan bloc of lawmakers in the House of Representatives earlier claimed the police memo cited a 2018 periodic situation report on "threat groups," which also mentions "communist terrorist groups-legal struggle."
National police chief Director General Oscar Albayalde earlier denied ordering the supposed profiling.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, meanwhile, said authorities will only monitor ACT members who have ties with communist rebels "if they have shown any acts that will be inimical to the state."
These efforts are part of the job of the police, he said.
Allied with the leftist Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, ACT last year earned the ire of President Rodrigo Duterte's daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, for alleging that her city does not give allowances to teachers.
Among ACT's co-petitioners were its unions in Metro Manila and Central Luzon, and the Manila Public School Teachers Association, with the National Union of Peoples' Lawyers as counsel.
-- With a report from Dexter Ganibe, ABS-CBN News