Statement of DILG ASEC. Jonathan E. Malaya, DILG Spokesperson, on the alleged "crackdown" of ACT Members

January 7, 2019

Secretary Eduardo M. Año is open to the dialogue requested by the Department of Education (DepEd) over the alleged crackdown on members of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) by the Philippine National Police. We would be glad to meet with our partners in DepEd at the soonest possible opportunity.

Nonetheless, as previously stated by P/Director General Oscar Albayalde, we wish to underscore that there is no crackdown on ACT members in any school in the country. What the PNP is undertaking is simply intelligence or information gathering which is one of its major functions.

It is the responsibility of the PNP to monitor any and all groups and organizations critical of the government especially those linked to militant organizations whose objective is to overthrow the duly-elected government.

Through this meeting with our counterparts with DepEd, we hope to relay to them that what the PNP is undergoing is not only legal but also necessary.