Teachers to PDEA
Chief: Schools no playground for Tokhang
June 21, 2018
QUEZON CITY –
Enraged mentors under the Alliance of Concerned Teachers condemned
PDEA Chief Aaron Aquino’s proposal to subject pupils and teachers to
mandatory drug testing, saying that the Duterte regime’s drug war
has no place in schools.
"The Duterte regime's
bloody drug war has gone beyond insane to intimate that any
9-year-old kid could be a drug suspect. We should not permit this to
happen. Schools are no playground for Tokhang," Raymond Basilio, ACT
Philippines Secretary-General said in reaction to Dir. Gen. Aquino’s
statement that he would suggest to the Department of Education the
mandatory drug-testing of pupils from Grade 4 and up, as well as
Basilio said the
drug-testing will sow terror in schools, will disturbed the students
and will destroy the sanctity of schools as safe places for
learning. Mandatory drug testing is also a blatant violation of the
rights of children and teachers, he explained.
“The cited survey is not
enough justification to put the well-being and future of our
children in peril,” Basilio argued.
Basilio said that the
government's line of thinking is very dangerous as apart from the
drug test of nine-year-olds, a bill to decrease the age of criminal
liability to the same level is pending in Congress.
“The State who has the
responsibility to protect our youth apparently wants to make
criminals out of them," said Basilio.
Basilio added that PDEA
Chief's proposal is a great insult to teachers.
"This government does not
run out of ideas to denigrate the integrity of the teaching
profession. First it suggested that we are brats for asking for
salary increase. Then they painted us as whiners for standing
against overwork. Now, they insinuate that we are drug addicts,”
"This government should
disabuse itself of its belief that we are a nation of drug addicts.
What we are is a nation deep in economic crisis. It is where they
should focus." Basilio suggested.
Basilio that what the
teachers and the people need are the jobs, wage increase, scrapping
of regressive taxes and free and quality education and other social
"They will be wasting a
lot of people's money to test some 20 million pupils and 700,000
teachers for drug use. It should be dedicated instead to uplifting
the quality of education and upgrading teachers' salaries," Basilio