Robredo, Gamboa agree: Oplan Tokhang will continue

Maris Federez
Operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) try to restrain a woman who exhibited suspicious behavior and claimed to be ‘associated with the military’ during an anti-illegal drugs operation in Makati City, east of Manila, Philippines, 06 April 2017. EPA/ROLEX DELA PENA (FILE)

MANILA, Philippines – The implementation of Oplan Tokhang will continue as part of the anti-illegal drugs campaign of the government.

According to PNP-OIC PLtGen. Archie Gamboa, this is part of the agreement they reached with Vice President Leni Robredo during their meeting on Thursday (Nov. 14).

The Vice President has earlier said that she wants to scrap the Oplan Tokhang which was also referred to as Oplan Tokbang by critics due to the reported high number of deaths of drug suspects for allegedly resisting arrest.

“We were able to convince her na meron lang probably re-packaging or re-tooling of how it is going to be presented but she is convinced that indeed the Philippine anti-drug strategy is already a strategy that can be adopted outright,” Gamboa said.

“She’s also convinced na yung tokhang ay hindi naman. Bisaya kasi kami, ‘tokhang’ came from a Visayan word. Kung titingnan mo yun, there’s no killing in tokhang,” he added.  (with details from Lea Ylagan) /mbmf

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