3 PNP intel officers sacked over 'leaked' memo on ACT teachers inventory
MANILA - The head of the Philippine National Police sacked 3 police intelligence officers over a "leaked" memo on the inventory of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers.
In a press conference Monday, Director General Oscar Albayalde said these officers, with ranks ranging from senior to chief inspectors, were from Manila, Quezon City, and the Zambales provincial police office.
The PNP chief denied that he ordered the profiling of the members of the group, stressing that the police are only doing "intelligence monitoring."
"Wala akong pinirmahan na ganyan. Nung nag-leak 'yan, sinabi ng different RD's kung sinong nag-leak niyan. I already ordered for all the intelligence officers to be relieved," he said.
"This is not profiling. This has been part of our intelligence monitoring lang naman ito," the country's top cop added.
"Titingnan natin 'yung basis nung sinasabing nagpo-profile sa kanila."
ACT national chairperson Joselyn Martinez earlier said police officers last Thursday went to the school where she teaches to ask for names of the group's members.
Martinez said they have also reported similar incidents from ACT teachers working in Cebu, Isabela, and even in some provinces in Mindanao.
"Ano ang susunod na gagawin ng mga kapulisan matapos makuha ang mga pangalan? Papatayin nila kami? Anong gagawin nila, ipapakulong nila kami?" she in a previous interview with ANC.
In a statement Sunday, the group also likened the "profiling" of their members to the alleged narco or "tokhang" list of the police authorities.
Meanwhile, Albayalde said teachers who are "really proud" members of ACT should not worry or fear if they are not doing anything wrong.