“Do students even get wet during typhoons? I challenge this informant to produce these alleged wet students and maybe then I’ll believe it.”
(Manila) A high-ranking official from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) came out late Tuesday with documents revealing a classified project between CHED and the Department of Education (DepEd) that seeks to create “waterproof students” by repeatedly exposing them to torrential rains during typhoons.
OPLAN AQUARIUS, as the project is called, calls for deliberately delayed announcements for class suspensions so that “students are exposed twice; once heading to school, and then again coming home when classes are suspended midday.”
The anonymous source claims OPLAN AQUARIUS has been in play since 1977.
“AQUARIUS has been in effect since 1977 but we are yet to produce a single waterproof student. I’m beginning to think students can’t be made waterproof.” the informant said.
The documents also reveal that short of producing an actual waterproof student, AQUARIUS also seeks to “weed out genetically undesirable students until only the strong remain.”
Meanwhile, a second project “OPLAN PISCES” was also cited in the documents but contained very few details as it seems to be tied to an Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) attempt at “producing soldiers who can breathe underwater to protect the Philippines from naval threats.”
“The second project, PISCES, is meant to produce soldiers who can breathe underwater. The idea was to turn over students identified in AQUARIUS as ‘water proficient’ to the AFP so that they could transplant fish gills on the kids.” the informant explained.
“I don’t know if any students have been turned over.” the source continued.
The AFP has refused to give an interview regarding the subject of OPLAN AQUARIUS or OPLAN PISCES but released this statement in response to queries:
“The AFP denies the existence of fish soldiers adapted from water proficient students but if such fish soldiers did exist, they are heroes for protecting our territorial waters.”
Both the DepEd and CHED have also denied any involvement in the alleged projects.
“These supposed projects are works of pure fiction. Do students even get wet during typhoons? I challenge this informant to produce these alleged wet students and then I’ll believe it.” DepEd Undersecretary David Yagit said.