18 August 2017ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio and France Castro hit the killing of a 17-year old public school student by Caloocan police during the “One-Time, Big-Time” operation or Oplan Galugad of the PCP-7 Drug Enforcement Unit Thursday night.
“We condemn this most deplorable killing of a child on the incredible pretext that he was a drug suspect and ‘nanlaban’—the modus operandi of elements of the PNP in the Duterte administration’s war on drugs,” said Tinio.
“This is yet another proof that Tokhang is a fascist, anti-poor tool in the guise of an anti-drug campaign. Kian Loyd was a child whom police tagged then killed as a drug suspect, a student from an OFW family who sold candy in front of his school just to have baon,” said Castro.
“This so-called war on drugs is actually a war against the people, mostly the poor, who are being killed on mere suspicion and say-so of police.”
The CCTV footage of the scene showed police dragging the victim to a dark place where he was shot. He was wearing sleeping clothes and closing their store at the time of the killing. Witnesses also said that the men dragging De los Santos were forcing him to hold a gun and shabu, later on found on his body.
The solons fear that the drug testing directed by DepEd and CHEd will claim more lives and give greater license to police to conduct tokhang-like operations involving students, teachers, and personnel and in schools.
“Children are already being made victims of tokhang even without the drug testing. What more if it is fully implemented in our schools, against our students and teachers? They say it’s for rehabilitation and prevention but in an anti-drug campaign such as this, no rehabilitation and prevention at all will happen.” ###