PNP urged not to repeat tokhang mistakes


INTERIOR Secretary Ismael Sueno virtually admitted that the Philippine National Police (PNP) has committed mistakes in carrying out “Operation Tokhang.”

Sueno, however, failed to ascertain the lapses that the PNP has committed.

In the past months, the PNP has been assailed by various groups for killing even the drug addicts who have described as victims of drug lords and drug dealers.

Another complaint by different civil and non-governmental organizations was the PNP’s drug campaign was extremely focused on the poor people, when in fact members of the affluent families and government officials are also very much hooked on drugs.

The hottest criticism was some policemen used the Operation Tokhang in kidnapping for personal gains.

Sueno told PNP chief Ronald dea Rosa to ensure that the renewed anti-illegal drugs should “be more stringent, don’t commit the same mistakes.”

On Monday, Dela Rosa disclosed that the PNP is rejoining the anti-illegal drugs campaign of the Duterte administration.

Dela Rosa told the media that the PNP has created a special team to carry out the fight on drugs.

He stressed that the operation will have a close coordination with different PNP units in the country precisely to prevent previous mistakes.

Last month, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the PNP to stop its participation in the anti-illegal drugs following the involvement of the PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Group (AIDG) in the abduction and slaying of Korea national Jee Ick Joo.

Jee was murdered inside Camp Crame, PNP National Headquarters.

Duterte ordered the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) headed by Director General Isidro Lapena to lead the anti-illegal drugs campaign.

Unfortunately, the drug lords were backed on its operations.

This suggest that the drug lords are not afraid with the PDEA.

Sueno said the PNP should “be more cautious this time in carrying out its anti-drug operations under the re-launched ‘Oplan Tokhang Revisited.’

“This time, let us be more stringent in our anti-illegal drug regulations and operations.  Dapat wala ng mangyaring hanky-panky,” Sueno pointed out.

“Project Tokhang had its highs and lows.  Let us make sure that ‘Oplan Tokhang Revisited’ will not repeat the same mistakes as its predecessor program and help redeem the tarnished image of the PNP,” he added.



Studied Master of Public Administration. at UP Diliman Past: Philippine Christian University and Project 6 High School

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