ACT Teachers Partylist Hits Back at Move to Prohibit Members from Serving as Poll Workers

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ACT Teachers Partylist Hits Back at Move to Prohibit Members from Serving as Poll Workers


By Ben Rosario

ACT Teachers Partylist Reps. Antonio Tinio and France Castro Thursday slammed a move by a partylist group to prohibit members of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers to serve as poll workers in the May elections.

Tinio and Castro chided the complaint of Tao Muna Parylist as "blatantly discriminatory and a violation of the constitutionally protected rights of teachers".

The TMP has asked the Commission on Elections to bar ACT Teachers members from acting as members of the board of election inspectors (BEI) in the coming polls, claiming that this will prevent them from giving the partylist organization "undue advantage and influence" on the outcome of the partylist elections.

The petitioners did not include Manila Teachers partylist, 1-Ang Edukasyon and the A-Teachers, partylist organizations whose membership include teachers.

Tinio asked the Comelec to junk the petition, stressing that the Alliance of Concerned Teachers and ACT Teachers partylist are "separate entities."

"Both are duly organized and recognized under separate laws, the former as a public sector union and the latter as a sectoral party-list group," he said. …

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