PNP-CHEd move to bring anti-drug war to universities
Alliance of Concerned
November 7, 2018
QUEZON CITY – The
Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) lambasted the recent moves of
the Philippine National Police and the Commission on Higher
Education to launch anti-illegal drug operations in Higher Education
communities and killing thousands in the guise of the Duterte
administration’s war on drugs, PNP now plans to take its bloody and
evidently failing ‘Oplan Tokhang’ into colleges and universities,
with no less than CHEd holding the doors open for them,” decried
Raymond Basilio, ACT Philippines’ Secretary General.
Basilio signaled alarm
over the scenario of police forces entering university premises to
conduct operations against teachers and students which, he said,
will lay the academe vulnerable to abuses and rights violations. He
cited the numerous controversial cases of abuse allegedly committed
by the implementors of ‘Oplan Tokhang’, which he tagged as
“abhorrent” and “anti-poor”; most recent of which is the widely
protested case of a Manila cop raping a drug suspect’s teenage
daughter, which the accused claimed as ‘common practice in drug bust
“We cannot allow the PNP,
who are notorious human rights violators, to come into our schools.
We cannot accept the government’s treatment of schools as a breeding
ground for criminals. Schools are safe havens for learning!” Basilio
Basilio expressed “serious
concern” that this may be another attempt at “terrorizing students”
as demonstrated in last month’s ‘terrorist-tagging’ of 18 metro
manila universities and colleges alleged to be part of the ‘Red
'Why does it seem like
state forces are so eager on meddling with school affairs? When
their trite effort to connect universities to the so-called Red
October did not sell, they came up again with this equally devious
ploy. Students and teachers are not criminals! If anything, the
fight we are waging is against ignorance with only our pens and
papers as weapons. Doesn’t the PNP agree with our mission to mould
an educated and socially-aware citizenry?” asked Basilio.
He further observed that
the Duterte administration’s anti-drug war seems to be ‘wrongly
directed against civilian spaces of peace and security such as
schools and poor communities’.
“While state forces are
hell-bent on disturbing our peace, they are remarkably silent when
Malacañang said that electoral candidates cannot be subjected to
drug testing,” lamented Basilio.
He noted that while Pres.
Duterte was repeatedly quoted saying that the objective of his
anti-illegal drug campaign is to save the youth who are the future
our nation, “it is ironic that the very same policy cut short the
lives of our students, such as in the case of Kian de los Santos.”
administration must stop with this foolishness. If it is truly
serious in its commitment to the youth, we dare the President to
stop the impending cuts in the 2019 budget of State Universities and
Colleges (SUCs) and instead provide higher allocations to address
the real needs of the students in SUCs,” Basilio concluded.