MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has finalized its operational guidelines for the revival of Oplan Tokhang.
The PNP created the new operational guidelines to ensure that cops can no longer commit errors that might lead to the deaths of some civilians.
The recently finalized guideline has two ways of conducting Oplan Tokhang.
First is through the so-called Barangay – Led Scheme.
Under this, the operation will be led by a barangay official or the barangay anti-drug council or BADAC.
The PNP will provide support and will serve as the security force of barangay personnel.
The second type of operation is called PNP Led- Scheme. The operation under this type of scheme will be led by the police and several stakeholders like barangay officials and members of the media.
The PNP-Led Oplan Tokhang has three procedures.
It begins with a ‘pre-tokhang’ wherein the information received by the police is validated by the Directorate for Intelligence.
Afterwards, each chief of police will choose cops with no bad record to conduct the Oplan Tokhang.
“We will clarify now that those with a record on drugs will not be part of the operation,” PNP Chief PDG Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa said.
The operation will be led by the deputy chief of police, together with members of the BADAC and media.
The policemen who will be part of the anti-drug operations or the so-called “tokhangers” will undergo training and seminars with their regional directors based on the orders of the Directorate for Operations.
“This ensures that syndicates can longer knock on doors. They usually knock on doors with list of names to extort money from the suspected drug personalities. Now, it will only be legitimate tokhangers who will knock on doors and do the request,” Dela Rosa said.
The police and barangay officials are also required to inform and coordinate with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) before conducting the Oplan Tokhang.
The team leader of the operation will have to hold a pre-deployment briefing before going to the homes of individuals who are subjects of the operation.
The operatives will go only to the homes of the individuals in the validated list of the Directorate for Intelligence.
They are also not allowed to enter homes without the permission of the owner.
They are not allowed to force anyone to sign a document.
The minors who will surrender will have to be accompanied by their parents to the DSWD, while the agency will coordinate to the LGUs those who are willing to undergo rehabilitation.
In the post-tokhang phase, the police should prepare an after activity report.
They should conduct an assessment and evaluation report that they will submit to the Regional Oversight Committee.
They are also required to monitor the changes in the behavior of the surrenders. In case the drug suspects can no longer be found, the Tokhangers should also inform the Regional Intelligence Division that the said suspects are no longer in their given addresses.
Meanwhile, the PNP Chief already signed the supplemental operational guidelines for the anti-drug war.
It states that all policemen are encouraged to wear body cameras when available, to properly handle evidence or properly follow the chain of custody to avoid it from being contaminated and to immediately implement a one strike policy among chiefs of police proven to have personnel involved in illegal drug activity.
The PNP will also dismiss the provincial directors whose jurisdictions have active drug dens.
The regional director will also be sacked once his provincial and CITU Directors are relieved from their posts. – Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue