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PNP completes new “Oplan Tokhang” guidelines

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

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

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17 people nabbed in an anti-illegal drug op in QC

by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 31st, 2018


MANILA, Philippines — Seventeen individuals were caught in the act of using and selling illegal drugs at a drug den in Barangay Old Balara, Quezon City on January 31, 2 a.m.

One of those arrested by the Quezon City Police District Station 6 was Rhea Salenga, an allegedly notorious illegal drug peddler in the area.

“For almost two weeks na pagsusurveillance natin, nakita natin na marami siyang pinapasahan,” said QCPD Station 7 drug enforcement unit chief PCI. Sandie Caparroso.

(For almost two weeks of surveillance, we saw that she had been selling illegal drugs to many.)

“Mayroon ding maliit na pwesto pagdating sa 2nd floor. Mayroon din siyang kwarto doon na kung saan doon din gumagamit yung mga parokyano niya,” said the official.

(She has a small space on the 2nd floor. She has a room there where her clients use illegal drugs.)

The suspect refused to comment on the accusation.

The police also arrested retired policeman PO2 Rodolfo Aspril from the said drug den.

Aspril denied using illegal drugs, claiming he had just dropped by at the room of Salenga when the police conducted the operation.

“Tumigil na ako. Kung gumamit man ako wala naman tayong pambili, said Aspril.

(I stopped it. I don’t even have the money to buy illegal drugs.)

“Nakuhaan din siya ng tropa natin ng isang sachet ng hinihinalang shabu,” said Caparroso.

(We seized from him a sachet of suspected shabu.)

Meanwhile, the Manila police nabbed five drug suspects in a buy-bust operation at a drug den in Tondo Manila at nine in the evening of January 30.

The operation targeted a certain Franky Reyes, a known shabu peddler in the area.

Before his arrest, Reyes was able to escape authorities by jumping to a river after noticing that he was transacting with police operatives.

Aside from Reyes, four individuals caught using illegal drugs were also arrested.

The Manila police said that the drug suspects surrendered under the previous Oplan Tokhang, but did not stop their vice.

Authorities also seized three sachets of suspected shabu from them.

They will face charges for violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Victor Cosare | UNTV News and Rescue

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PNP should copy PDEA’s war on drugs — CHR

by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, January 30th, 2018


MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) is in favor of the new form of the Oplan Tokhang.

Nevertheless, the commission said that they will continue to monitor the revised Oplan Tokhang of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

According to CHR Spokesperson Atty. Jackie de Guia, the commission is hoping that PNP war on drugs will remain to be in order and peaceful.

She said that PNP should also be like Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in eliminating illegal drugs in the country.

“Yung gawa ng PDEA noong nakaraang mga buwan, ang kampanya laban sa droga, nang hindi naman kasama ang CHR at naging maayos at mapayapa yung pagsasagawa nila,” said the CHR spokersperson.

(PDEA’s anti-drug campaign in the previous months had been peaceful and orderly even without the CHR.)

But according to National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief police Director Oscar Albayalde, the job of the PNP should not be compared to that of the PDEA in its war on drugs campaign.

“Yung nakikita natin dito sa baba are addicts at iba ang pag-iisip.  At siguro kung ang PDEA ay ma-involve din sa mga street pushers, baka hindi rin maging ganun ang operations nila,” said Albayalde.

(The ones we see on the ground are addicts who are no longer in their right minds. If PDEA were to be involved with street pushers, their operations may have been different.)

The NCRPO chief stressed that they are not violating human rights and that they punish police personnel who are found guilty of any corruption practices.

“Yung masasamang pulis karamihan sa kanila, they are now languishing in jail, facing charges. Yung iba nandun na sa Basilan, Marawi. At least, nabawas bawasan yung ating problema.

(Most of the corruption policemen… some are in Basilan. At least our problems have lessened.)— Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue

 

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Cops assigned in the Oplan Tokhang will be armed – PNP chief

by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, January 30th, 2018


MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) relaunches its anti-illegal drug operations or Oplan Tokhang yesterday.

According to PNP chief Police Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, cops will visit drug personalities only once under the new arrangement of Oplan Tokhang.

Should the suspected drug personalities refuse to open their doors to the so-called tokhangers, the police or the barangay personnel will give their names to designated drug enforcement units that would be in charge of investigating them and conducting a case build-up.

If the drug personalities can prove that they have changed their behavior, they will be removed from the lists of drug suspects, but will still be monitored by authorities.

Bato called on drug personalities to never resist arrest so that blood will no longer be shed during Oplan Tokhang operations.

All tokhangers will bring short and long firearms to protect themselves.

“I am willing to give up my posts, kung may tao diyan na pwedeng “o maging successful tayo sa anti-drug na walang mamamatay. That’s baloney. That’s impossible,” said Dela Rosa.

(I am willing to give up my post if anyone can carry out a successful, bloodless anti-drug war. That’s baloney. That’s impossible.)

Dela Rosa, meanwhile, reminded his men to take caution and not to repeat the mistakes of the cops who conducted the previous Oplan Tokhang.

“Please kung mahal niyo yung PNP, tulungan natin na hindi na masira ang ating imahe by being vigilant doon sa ating mga kasamahan na posibleng gumawa ng mga kalokohan. Bantayan natin sila at ingatan natin ang ating trabaho para hindi tayo masisira,” said the PNP chief.

(Please, if you love the PNP, let’s help protect its image by being vigilant on our colleagues who might commit corruption. Let’s monitor them and take care of our jobs so that our image won’t be destroyed,” said the chief.) — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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