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
Drug groups eyed in Lanao del Sur ambush on PDEA agents
Drug traders out for revenge may be behind the ambush of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) agents in Barangay Malna, Kapai Lanao del Sur last Friday, October 5, which killed five people and wounded two others.
Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief PDG Oscar Albayalde said PDEA’s intensified operations in the province could easily set off revenge attacks against the agency.
“I gave instruction sa regional director doon to look into this deeply… meron na silang mga persons of interest dito. Meron silang grupong binabantayan not only the PDEA but also the Philippine National Police regional office natin,” Albayalde said.
He added that the five police escorts of the slain PDEA agents have been relieved from their posts.
Albayalde said the escorts’ van was initially behind the vehicle boarded by the agents, but overtook them minutes before it was gunned down
The police escorts were not able to respond immediately because they were carrying short firearms only.
PDEA Director General Usec. Aaron Aquino has earlier discounted the possibility of theft or terrorism as motives for the attack since the high caliber firearms, wallets and cellular phones of the slain agents were intact. — Lea Ylagan
3 kilos of shabu seized from Taiwanese national
72-year-old Jang Wen-Jung is accused of dealing high volume drugs and financing a shabu and ecstasy laboratory in Taiwan.
MANILA, Philippines — The 72-year-old Taiwanese national, Jang Wen-Jung had no choice but to yield to authorities after he tested positive for illegal drug use in a buy-bust operation conducted by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Region 4A at Alabang Town Center Monday, October 1.
PDEA seized three kilos of suspected shabu from Jang with a street value of over P20 million.
“Mga grupo ito ng sindikato na karamihan sa kanila ay nag dedeal ng high volume drugs. Isa ito sa mga projects ng PDEA Region 4A na naging successful po tayo,” said PDEA 4A Regional Director Adrian Alvarino.
The three kilos of suspected shabu with a street value of over P20 million seized from the suspect.
He added that Jang has a pending case at the Kaoshiung Prosecutors Office since January for financing a shabu and ecstasy laboratory in Taiwan.
The suspect is also allegedly involved in the manufacture of illegal drugs called flunitrazepam or more popularly known as date rape drug.
Jang, who took up residence in Malate, Manila, has been hiding in the country for over a year. — Sherwin Culubong
PNP warns of ‘Tokhang’ robocall scams
A number of telephone subscribers have complained about receiving a robocall or a phone call that uses computerized autodialer to deliver the pre-recorded message: “Paalala. Ito ang departamento ng pulisya ng lungsod. Para sa iyong kaalaman nasangkot ka sa isang nakabinbing kaso ng iligal na droga. Pindutin ang number 1 upang marinig muli ang mensahe at number 9 upang ilipat ang tawag sa opisyal ng pulisya. Salamat.”
The robocall claims to come from the Philippine National Police (PNP). A prerecorded female voice would urge the recipient to press the number 9 to talk to a police officer about their alleged involvement in a drug case.
The person posing as an officer on the other line will allegedly order the victim to pay a certain amount of money or ask for personal information such as bank details in order to clear their name from the list of “narcos”.
The same robocall was received by the head sector relations of Globe Telecommunications.
“Ako mismo nakatanggap ako. Two days ago on the way to a meeting with NDRRMC. Nakatanggap ako ng call mismo. It was the recording. Yung female voice telling me to press 1 or press 9” said Globe Telecom Inc. Sector Relations head Robert Bobby Aquino.
But the PNP clarified that its Oplan Tokhang does not use robocall, but rather, police officers who personally visit the residence of the person suspected of being involved in illegal drug use or trading.
The PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group said this is a type of telephone fraudulent scheme that evolved from the text method used by scammers to extort money.
Due to mounting complaints, the PNP-ACG reached out to the management of giant telecommunications company in the country to discuss and agree on ways to counter the fraudulent scheme.
“We can alert our internal fraud teams and we will discuss and see how can this be mitigated or prevented,” said PLDT Inc. 15 Inter-carrier Transactions and Proceedings Division Head Senior Associate Atty. Juan Antonio Lopez.
“Ang recommendation ko is to come up with an advisory right away to our customers about this new scheme siya, pero old fraud method ito para ma-educate ang customers about this,” said Aquino.
The PNP ACG also calls on the public to remain vigilant and to immediately report to authorities when they encounter such or similar fraudulent schemes.
“Sa mga nabibiktima kung puwede po ay mag report sila sa PNP-Anti Cybercrime Group. Doon naman po sa nakarecieve pa lang ng tawag, kung maari po ‘wag nyo na lang sagutin kasi kung importantenaman po ay magtetext naman po yun. Hindi rin naman po puwedeng tawag lang at text ang Tokhang natin. Pupunta po ang kapulisan sa mga bahay kung totokhangin po tayo,” said Investigation Section – ACOD chief PCInsp Joseph Arvin Villaran. — Lea Ylagan