Spark (Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan) is not happy with the ongoing ‘Oplan Rody’ operation, and even compared it to the Martial Law days during the administration of late President Ferdinand E. Marcos. The newly formed youth group is also urging its suspension, and cited concerns of K-12 students and poor families in Metro Manila.
According to a post at Spark Facebook page this Tuesday, June 14, the implementation of ‘Oplan Rody’ (Rid the Streets of Drinkers and Youth), which was inspired by the nickname of incoming President Rordigo Duterte, has a huge negative impact on the youth, especially for working students and those who are taking night classes in school.
“Chances of these students going beyond the curfew are also amplified with the upcoming monsoon rains and heavy flooding expected from the lamentable state of the public transportation system and road networks which add to the travel time required for their trips home.” Spark head Joanne Rose S. Lim of UP Diliman wrote on Facebook.
“Minors are required to present papers which certify that they are students dismissed from their classes in the evening or got off from work through presenting copies of their schedules.” Lim added, who is also a student-activist from University of the Philippines Diliman. She claimed that the said action is not really the right way to solve criminality.
Lim also compared the scenario during the days of Martial Law, where the police have the right to demand personal details from citizens in the streets. She noted that such operation against petty crimes fails to address the root of the problems in the society, and that it even makes the poor more prone to oppression in war against crimes.
With that, Lime strongly suggests the suspension of curfew hours from 9pm to 4am in Metro Manila. She cited TV news reports showing policemen capturing a number of minors in the streets of Las Pinas, Quezon City, Mandaluyong, Caloocan, and Manila. Spark is also concern about the possibility of abuse of authority, especially to the youth.
Credit: Spark Facebook
Spark then calls the suspension of ‘Oplan Rody’ until such time there is an assurance that no human rights will be violated, and that the said ordinance should be applicable to modern-day realities. The youth group also recommends the supervision of the officials of PNP Women and Children Protection Center, once minors are involved.