by Elizabeth Ruth Deyro

Section 2. The PROJECT TOKHANG is a practical and realistic means of 	violating The
right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable
searches and seizures 
                      against searches of unreasonable excuses to cease
  of whatever nature and for any purpose 
This concept involves the conduct of house-to-house visitations to persecute suspected illegal
drug personalities to stop their illegal drug activities 
                                         —it being one of today's more serious social ills 
Some of the damaging brain effects of chronic shabu use may be permanent, while others may
resolve partially if one surrenders  or dies in the hands of the authorities.“You must remember
that those who are into shabu  for almost one year are practically dead.  They are of no use to
society anymore.” 
the place to be searched and the persons or things to be seized
—determined personally by whoever has the badge no
examination under oath or affirmation of the complainant 
the complainant can neither affirm nor deny when he has a gun in his mouth 
Section 1. deprivation of life, liberty, or property without due process of law
     denial of the equal protection of the laws 
is the policy of the State to safeguard the integrity of its territory 
from the harmful effects of dangerous drugs 
acts or omissions detrimental to their development and preservation 
          and the well-being of its citizenry particularly the youth? 
                              —“I don’t care about human rights, believe me.” 
Toward this end, the government shall pursue an intensive and unrelenting campaign 
We, the sovereign Filipino people, imploring the aid of our Almighty 	president in order
to build a just and humane society, and establish a Government that shall embody our id— 
"Hitler massacred three million Jews. Now, there is three million drug addicts. 
I'd be happy to slaughter them to promote the common good, conserve
          and develop the patriarchy 
          secure to ourselves and our posterity, the blessings of bended laws and a regime of false 
Do ordain and promulgate this Constitution; resist
          and he pulls the trigger. 

Previously published in Black Napkin Press, January 2018, and ​Cuatro: ​portfolio of works by the UPLB Communicators’ Association, November 2017, under the title “backtrack”.


Elizabeth Ruth Deyro is a Filipina writer. She is a Communication Arts student from the University of the Philippines Los Baños. She is the essay editor for Cauldron Anthology and prose editor of Minute Magazine. Her work has been published in or is forthcoming from Ellipsis ZineJellyfish ReviewLaurel MagazineBlack Napkin Press, and The Tempest, among others.

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