Enemies of the state? Lawmakers eye raps over teacher profiling


Posted at Jan 10 2019 08:51 AM

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MANILA - Lawmakers from the Makabayan bloc will push through with lodging a complaint against the national police over its alleged profiling of the members of Left-wing group Alliance of Concerned Teachers, a representative said Thursday. 

Policemen's alleged rounds of schools to ask for the names of ACT members are putting teachers' lives in danger, claimed Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate. 

Some drug suspects, he reasoned, wound up dead after undergoing similar profiling under the government's separate anti-narcotics crackdown. 

"Inilalagay nila sa delikado iyung buhay ng mga pino-profile nila at alam naman natin na isang paraan iyan para takutin ang mga mamamayan natin na ipaglaban ang kanilang mga karapatan, kahilingan nila sa ating pamahalaan," he told radio DZMM. 

(They put in danger the lives of those they profiled and we know that it's a way to intimate the public from fighting for their rights and requests from the government.) 

"Lumalabas ngayon na lahat ng humihingi ng pagbabago at kritiko ng gobyerno ay wala nang pagkakaiba. Lahat iyan ay enemies of the state," he added. 

(It appears that all those who ask for change and criticize the government no longer have any difference -- they're all considered enemies of the state.) 

Makabayan's lawyers are studying the raps it will lodge against the police, said Zarate. 

The bloc also urged the House of Representatives to look into the supposed profiling. 

National police chief Director General Oscar Albayalde already denied ordering such efforts and sacked 3 officers who "leaked" the supposed memo with the directive to profile ACT teachers. 

DZMM, 9 January 2019