Youth party joins ‘Black Friday’ protest vs drug killings, state fascism

Friday, August 18, 2017

Kabataan Partylist mourns and protests a ‘Black Friday,’ as youth and student groups held actions in various schools to condemn the continuing state fascism under the Duterte regime.

The youth party expressed that it vehemently condemns the continuing extrajudicial killings, especially the spike on what was called the ‘bloodiest night’ yet of the war on drugs.

Body counts as a measure of progress

“The so-called war on drugs is quickly failing. From strong pronouncements to end the drug war in 3 to 6 months, Duterte, scratching his head in frustration, frankly admits he cannot end this war, and pleads for another 6 years to do so.”

“Insisting that drugs are the root of all evil, Duterte stubbornly refuses to confront the roots of poverty head-on, and insists on using body counts as his metric of progress,” Kabataan Partylist Rep. Sarah Elago said.

“Duterte just praised a 32-death toll and urged 32 more daily, in effect leading to the 25 kills in Manila and 7 in Cavite immediately the next day. If it wasn’t enough, he also ordered shooting of human rights’ advocates and other critics,” Elago added.

Casualties among the youth and mandatory drug testing

Duterte said in his SONA that he will not allow the ruin of the youth. However, among the latest victims of the drug war is a 17-year old Grade 11 student killed in an Oplan Galugad Operation in Caloocan City.

This incident involving a minor has heightened the opposition of students from various schools against CHED and DepEd’s mandatory drug testing.

“With this and many other unfortunate, tragic incidents, we have no reason to believe that the mandatory drug testing in senior high school and college will not lead to another extra-judicial killing. DepEd and CHED must stop this or else blood would be on their hands.” Elago said.

Guns, bombs and the army

“Duterte’s consistent over-reliance on guns, bombs, and military intelligence, as his panacea for drugs and terrorism, shows his utter disinterest in genuine social reforms. The closure of the peace talks, supposedly centered around socioeconomic reforms, and the rejection of Social Welfare secretary Judy Taguiwalo, prove this further,” Elago said.

“The people are simply becoming more determined than ever to oppose the fascist US-Duterte regime. We demand justice for the victims, and call for an end to the war on drugs, and these wars that are going nowhere. The intensifying fascism of the regime will not silence the Filipino people in their call for a just and humane society,” Elago ended. ###