Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Akbayan Urges LGUs: Drop the Dropbox

Akbayan is urging local government units (LGUs) to #DropTheBox and boycott the implementation of Tokhang dropboxes that will only increase the number of killings under Duterte’s policy-to-kill.

The new DILG memorandum installing Tokhang dropboxes in barangays to fish out accused drug suspects puts the burden of implementation to the LGUs.

“The Tokhang dropboxes make ordinary people participants of Duterte's bloodlust. It puts blood on their hands by breeding distrust in the neighborhood,” Akbayan President Machris Cabreros said. “LGUs should not give their constituents the cruel option to submit names of people to target for killings.”

“Thousands of people have been killed ever since President Duterte started his War on Drugs, most of which cannot afford a day in court. The Tokhang dropbox is a raffle draw for killings,” Cabreros said. “The more entries people send, the more chances of killings.”

Akbayan is urging LGUs around the country to not comply with the DILG and PNP in bringing the deadly drop boxes to their barangays. Akbayan is demanding DILG to rescind the memorandum implementing the drop box which violates a number of constitutional rights.

“Let’s hold no illusion that the Tokhang boxes will keep our barangays safe from both the killings and the drug menace. LGUs should address the drug problem by healing and not killing,” Cabreros added.

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