ACT announces filing of complaint vs PNP units in Region 8 for alleged electioneering

ACT Reps. Antonio Tinio and France Castro speak to the media on Tuesday, March 12./ACT Facebook/

(Eagle News) — The Alliance of Concerned Teachers on Tuesday, March 12, announced the filing of a complaint for alleged electioneering against Philippine National Police units in Region 8.

In a press conference, ACT Rep. Antonio Tinio said the complaint before the Commission on Elections stems from what he said were the regional police’s social media posts of campaign materials against ACT, the Makabayan partylist and Makabayan senatorial candidate Neri Colmenares.

He said the regional police’s “line” was that they were New People’s Army “fronts.”

“This is a clear violation of election laws prohibiting members of government, including the PNP, from participating in partisan political campaigns,” Tinio said.

Earlier, ACT asked the Court of Appeals to reconsider its dismissal of the group’s petition for it to stop the alleged profiling of the PNP of the group’s members.

The CA had dismissed the petition on technicalities which include the group’s alleged failure to attach the current date of issuance of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines membership number of their counsel.

In seeking a reversal of the appellate court’s decision, ACT said the Supreme Court has relaxed procedural rules to rule on cases that they said involved life, liberty, honor or property.