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Legislator denounces police surveillance on progressive party-list solons

9 August 2011 2 Comments


August 9, 2011
ACT Teachers Party-List Representative Antonio L. Tinio (0920-922-0817)
Julie Anne D. Tapit, Media Officer, (0915-762-6522)
 ACT Teachers Representative Antonio L. Tinio today condemned the Philippine National Police for placing him and a number of his co-legislators under surveillance by police intelligence operatives.
Tinio revealed that last Saturday,  August 6, he and six other party-list representatives belonging to the MAKABAYAN coalition in the Lower House met at a private office building in Bgy. VASRA in Quezon City to discuss the proposed 2012 budget. Aside from Tinio, Representatives Teddy Casiño and Neri Colmenares of Bayan Muna, Rafael Mariano of Anakpawis, Luz |Iagan and Emmi de Jesus of Gabriela Women’s Party, and Raymond Palatino of Kabataan were also present.
While the meeting was ongoing, a male in civilian clothes arrived at the venue, asked for the names of those present at the meeting and demanded that he be given a “copy of the program” of the ongoing activity. Upon questioning by Tinio, the individual identified himself as PO3 Ruben P. Dipasupil of the Special Intelligence Branch (SIB) of Station 2 of the Masambong Police Station. He explained that he was ordered by his station commander, Police Superintendent Audie L. Madrideo, to make a “spot report” on the ongoing meeting.
“I told him to explain to  Police Superintendent Madrideo that we were having a private meeting and that the police had no business intruding into the private affairs of citizens,” said Tinio.
“We denounce this incident as a serious violation of our right to privacy. |n the first place, how did they know that we were having a meeting in that particular venue at that particular time? This clearly indicates that the police are keeping tabs on our whereabouts,” he added. “In fact, we were meeting to better enable ourselves to represent the interests of the marginalized sectors we were elected to serve during the ongoing budget deliberations in Congress. This intrusion by the police is not well taken.”
Tinio also raised the issue of political harassment against critics of the Aquino administration. “As a rule, does the PNP monitor the activities of duly elected representatives of the citizenry? I doubt it. Is the Aquino administration singling out legislators identified with the progressive movement as targets of police surveillance? Who else is under surveillance? It’s unfortunate that despite President Aquino’s declaration of ‘matuwid na daan’ and respect for human rights and civil liberties, the undemocratic dirty tricks of  the Arroyo administration continue to be employed by government security forces.”
Tinio called on Malacañang to explain the incident and to immediately put an end to any surveillance operations being conducted by the police or any other government agents on the MAKABAYAN coalition solons. He also vowed to take up the issue with Secretary Jesse Robredo during the budget hearing of the Department of the Interior and Local Government on August 23.#

  • Loteyroenrique

    i felt alarmed with this up- date…..i remember all those tyrant years….never and never again….

  • Ugnayangpinoy

    Martial Law time…panahon pa ni marcos iyan..sayang ang mga perang pinapasweldo natin..sa sinasabing taga pangalaga ng kaayusan at ngayon sa Matuwid na Daan naman