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Noy’s inaction on teachers’ demand for increased pay for poll duties slammed 10/24/2010

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Noy’s inaction on teachers’ demand for increased pay for poll duties slammed

10/24/2010
A group of militant teachers has denounced President Aquino for his failure to act on the demand of the teachers for additional compensation for those who will serve as board of election tellers for tomorrow’s Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections.

“The President has not heeded our demands for increased and just compensation for the additional and dangerous work that we will render as board of election tellers (BETs),” Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Secretary General France Castro said in the group’s website.

She noted that every election, the lives of teachers serving as BETs is put at risk. “Teachers are prone to harassment and acts of violence from political rivals or losing candidates,” she stressed.

Castro cited two teachers who were killed in the line of election duty. “Nellie Banag of Batangas died after gunmen, wearing bonnets, set the schoolhouse ablaze during the 2007 election. Teacher Filomena Tatlonghari was killed in 1995 for refusing to give a ballot box to armed men while on election duty,” Castro said.

“Such dangers are faced by teachers to protect the sanctity in the ballots,” she added, “and the Aquino government is inconsiderate for not recognizing the noble service that teachers render every election.”.... MORE

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