Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan (SPARK) expressed their objections regarding the nationwide implementation of 'Oplan Rody' on Wednesday, June 15, saying that the measure is a throwback to Martial Law.
SPARK, a recently formed youth organization, expressed their sentiment regarding the intensified police measure after a recent spate in rounding up of minors and drunken and shirtless men hit the cities.
‘Oplan Rody,’ a moniker for the incoming administration’s program, stands for “Rid the Streets of Drinkers and Youths, also happens to be the nickname of incoming President Rodrigo Duterte, who is incidentally known for his anti-crime stance.
Spark said that their objection stems from the drawback of the program which may be in conflict with the interest of the youth and some students in the society especially because some state-run schools have classes extending late at night.
They also noted that the curfew could imperil working students, as most young workers prefer to work at night to avoid conflict with their classes.
Spark head Joanne Lim from the University of the Philippines has also said, “Chances of these students going beyond the curfew are also amplified with the upcoming monsoon rains and heavy flooding, add the lamentable state of the public transportation system and road networks which will contribute to the longer travel time from school.”
Spark also noted how the checking of identification papers under ‘Oplan Rody’ is similar to “martial law days” as it calls on to the authorities for the suspension of said program until it could be adjusted to the modern-day realities.
The youth group also urged the authorities and the city council to amend the ordinance and ensure the protection of human rights in the process.
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