Veteran journalist advices the government: “To save more lives, ibalik ang tokhang!”

‘Oplan Tokhang’ is one among the remarkable campaigns of the Duterte admin to combat criminality nationwide, it was actually utilized in Davao City even throughout President Rodrigo Duterte’s term as their Mayor.

In spite of this, when Tokhang has been introduced into the national level, it obtained criticisms, and numerous politicians attempted to investigate the stated style of the Duterte admin.

In a favorable perspective, ‘Oplan Tokhang’ created millions of suspected narcotic users and sellers to hand over to the authorities due to their fears that they may possibly put in a worse scenario.

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This is the reason why veteran columnist Ermin Garcia Jr. desires to restore ‘Oplan Tokhang’ that appears lost its momentum after ex- Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa left office.

Based on him, ‘Oplan Tokhang’ needs to be restored as the narcotics seller and users obtained confidence again that they can avoid the authorities because they believe that they’re not being watched anymore.

Garcia states that Tokhang is a powerful message to the criminals that the authorities are checking them and have gained a chance to take rehabilitation rather than keeping up their bad habits.

Read his full 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.”

Many of his friends agree on what he believed.

From July 1, 2016 – January 17, 2018, PDEA, PNP, NBI and also BOC reported that they performed 81,919 anti-narcotic operations, 119 ,361 suspects caught and only got 3,987 casualties when they resisted from the authorities.

Source: Ermin Garcia Jr.