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Fake news: DepEd says ACT teachers not barred from polls

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The Department of Education (DepEd) on Friday clarified that it did not issue an order prohibiting teachers, who are members of any union, from being part of the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs).

“There had been no issuance by DepEd Central Office prohibiting members of ACT (Alliance of Concerned Teachers) or any teachers’ unions or associations and announcing their ineligibility to serve as part of the electoral boards in the upcoming mid-term polls,” the DepED statement read.

In a statement on Wednesday, ACT said “the declaration of ineligibility is yet another attack against teachers’ right to self-organization and a dirty attempt to persecute ACT.”

Citing Article IX-C Section 8 of the Constitution, DepEd advised that ACT should identify who among its members are part of the ACT Teachers party-list to prevent disqualification from election service.

The provision states that political parties, organizations or coalitions registered under the party-list system shall not be represented in the voter’s registration boards, boards of election inspectors, boards of canvassers, or other similar bodies.

However, they shall be entitled to appoint poll watchers in accordance with the law.

The DepEd stressed that ACT’s allegations are “not validated due to the internal inconsistencies in their statement.”

“It is based on ‘reported’, and ‘purported’ acts. The name of the organization they cite (Allegiance of Concerned Teachers) is not even their organization. Before condemning, ACT should come forward with specific and validated incidents when alleged DepEd local officials prohibited (the) election service of their members who are public school teachers,” the department said. (PNA)

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