By Merlina Hernando-Malipot
A federation of teachers on Thursday urged the Department of Education (DepEd) to “prevent” further rights violations of teachers and students by banning the release of their personal data to the Philippine National Police (PNP).
The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Philippines slammed yet another “profiling” conducted by the PNP involving Muslim students in Metro Manila high schools, colleges, and universities.
The students, ACT said, became the latest subjects of profiling “as part of the strengthening of peace-building and counter violent extremism of the PNP” to be submitted last Jan. 31, citing a police memorandum.
“It is deplorable that the PNP would want to target these young Muslim students to supposedly counter violent extremism, which is short of saying that Muslims are more likely to become extremists or terrorists,” said ACT National Chairperson Joselyn Martinez.
“But the reality is, these students and our schools have nothing to do with the government’s wars, and therefore should not be used as avenues in the furtherance of such. It should remain zones of peace, free of police and military intrusion.”
The group also called on DepEd to prevent further rights violations of teachers and students by the PNP and the military by prohibiting their presence in schools. ACT also called on DepEd to “issue a memorandum ordering the ban of release of teachers and students’ personal data” to the PNP.
DepEd has yet to issue a statement on the matter.