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Teachers’ group appeals dismissal of case vs police profiling

MANILA- A group of teachers has appealed a court decision rejecting their petition to stop the allegedly illegal police profiling of their ranks.

The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) on Monday asked the Court of Appeals to reconsider its earlier ruling which rejected a plea for a temporary restraining order against the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) alleged profiling of its members.

The group earlier claimed that police officers asked for names of its members in several schools in Malabon, Cebu, Isabela and some Mindanao provinces.

The law enforcers allegedly showed a memo to justify their visit. 

The appellate court had dismissed the petition citing several “infirmities.” 

In appealing the court’s decision, the teachers’ group said the dismissal of the case may have been “too harsh.”

“The outright and summary dismissal of the instant petition may be too harsh, as it should have taken into full account the difficult situation of petitioners, who, to this day, continue to suffer the nefarious effects of being maliciously profiled simply because of their membership in the ACT,” it said.

PNP chief Police General Oscar Albayalde earlier denied ordering the supposed profiling.