So far so good, PNP chief says of ‘Tokhang’

/ 07:23 AM January 31, 2018

Policemen conduct a visit to homes at a poor community as part of a government anti-drug crackdown in metropolitan Manila, Philippines, Monday, Jan. 29, 2018. The Philippine police chief said his force will resume visits to the homes of drug suspects to encourage them to reform, despite his acknowledgement that corrupt police have abused the program. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

The Metro Manila police commander on Tuesday hailed the bloodless relaunch of the Philippine National Police’s antinarcotics campaign “Oplan Tokhang,” calling it “peaceful and very successful.”

Director Oscar Albayalde, chief of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), said officers visited 147 homes across Metro Manila on Monday and 43 drug suspects surrendered.


PNP Director General Ronald dela Rosa described the relaunch of Tokhang as “so far so good,” with 563 drug suspects surrendering to police nationwide.

‘Tokhangers’ unarmed


In an interview with the Inquirer on Tuesday, Albayalde said the officers who took part in Tokhang — the operation where police knock on the doors of drug suspects and seek their surrender—were unarmed.

He said it would be NCRPO policy for “Tokhangers” — officers who conduct Tokhang — to be unarmed.

“They will just be escorted by security personnel,” especially when they enter particularly drug-infested areas, Albayalde said. “But only Tokhangers can knock on the doors.”

He said all of the suspects visited on Monday were on barangay drug lists.

Forty-three surrendered, three refused to surrender, and the rest were not at home, he added.

Albayalde said earlier that those who had surrendered would be evaluated by local governments to determine whether they should be sent to rehabilitation, counseling or to livelihood and skills development programs.

People were not afraid, the officer said.


“It (Tokhang) was explained to them. There is really no one who dies during Tokhang,” Albayalde said.

He agreed with the PNP chief’s statement that the new antidrug campaign would not be bloodless but just less bloody. —With a report from Jeannete I. Andrade

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Bato dela Rosa, Oplan Tokhang, Oscar Albayalde, Ronald dela Rosa, war on drugs
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

© Copyright 1997-2020 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.