[Statement] Don’t hold our children hostage -AKBAYAN youth

Don’t hold our children hostage

When GMA passes this bill under her leadership in the House of Representatives, she can prove several things:

One, that she is capable of hijacking a long dead agenda to come to life just as how she was able to put herself back in power after years of pretending to be sick and weak. Playing dead is her go-to tactic for survival.

Two, that finally one of the administration’s priority bills can be passed into law after 3 years of trying—first, the death penalty bill, then this Batang Bilanggo bill, then later on ChaCha. None of which has actually passed, thanks to civil society’s vigilance and actions. We are truly more powerful together than the people in power.

Third, that she can distract us from her low trust ratings, and the even bigger economic crisis everyone is feeling now. This is the administration’s last attempt to save face after their ChaCha efforts went down the drain.

All these, in the name of our children. Not political will, not being against criminality, but sheer evil maneuvering even if it means hostaging our children’s future.

But she will prove one more thing: that the Filipinos will not allow our children’s future to be taken hostage by this government.

If we will not stand for the children failed by the system, we are letting down a generation taken into hostage by this administration. If the government cannot keep away illegal drugs from our communities, why do they hostage children to bring success stories of their failed war on drugs?

We challenge the Congress and Duterte’s administration: capture the adults in the drug and crime syndicates they are so obsessed about, arrest the corrupt old Marcos and Marcos-wannabe PDAF politicos, don’t lay your hands on our children.

#HandsOffOurChildren
#ChildrenNotCriminals
#NoToBatangBilanggoBill

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