‘Oplan Tokhang’ is one of the notable campaigns of the Duterte administration to fight criminality nationwide, it was even practiced in Davao City even during President Rodrigo Duterte’s term as their Mayor.
However, when Tokhang has been brought into the national level, it received criticisms, and several politicians tried to investigate the said style of the Duterte administration.
In a positive perspective, ‘Oplan Tokhang’ made millions of alleged narcotic users and sellers to surrender to the authorities because of their fears that they might put in a worse situation.
This is why veteran columnist Ermin Garcia Jr. wants to bring back ‘Oplan Tokhang’ that seems lost its momentum after former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa left office.
According to him, ‘Oplan Tokhang’ should be revived as the narcotics seller and users gained confidence again that they can escape the authorities because they feel that they’re not being watched anymore.
Garcia believes that Tokhang is a strong message to the criminals that the authorities are monitoring them and have been given a chance to take rehabilitation instead of continuing their bad habits.
You can read his whole post below:
“TO SAVE MORE LIVES, IBALIK ANG TOKHANG! Over the past months, marami na ang mga nababalitang namatay na drug pushers dahil nanlaban. Wala na rin ang mga nagsu-surrender at malakas na ang mga loob na ituloy ang pagbenta dahil sa paniniwala na nakakalusot na sila.May mga ng surrender nuon na bumabalik na sa droga sa paniniwala din na lusot na sila.
Kung may tokhang, nalalaman ng suspects na binabantayan pa rin sila. At nakakausap pa silang mag surrender at magpa rehab, at yong mga nag surrender ay masabihan na huwag ng ituloy ang ginagawa nila dahil makukulong na sila.
Sa tokhang, maraming hindi na maglakakas loob na mag benta at gumamit ng droga at lumayo sa kapahamakan – siguradong kulong o kamatayan pag nanlaban.”
Most of his friends agree with what he thought.
From July 1, 2016 – January 17, 2018, PDEA, PNP, NBI and BOC reported that they conducted 81,919 anti-narcotic operations, 119,361 suspects arrested and only got 3,987 casualties after they resisted from the authorities.
Source: Ermin Garcia Jr.