PNP: 'Tokhang' surrenderers record 4, 000 mark, expect more soon

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MANILA, Philippines – On Friday, the Philippine National Police (PNP) revealed that “Oplan Tokhang” recorded a total of 4,237 drug surrenderers as it continues operations.

The “Oplan Tokhang” was relaunched by PNP early this year.

According to Supt. John Bulalacao, the data was based on the reports culled by the PNP’s Directorate for Operations from January 29, 2018 to March 5, 2018.

The PNP official said that the number of surrenderers came out after diligently conducting  7,159 tokhang activities nationwide.

He added that Central Visayas Police Regional Office (PRO-7) made the most number of surrenderers that totaled 476 out of 1,224 tokhang activities.

It was followed by Western Visayas Police Regional Office (PRO-6) with 802 activities and 370 surrenderers.

This new tokhang approached is said to be more efficient compared to the first two versions and is considered the “soft approach” as it attracts more surrenderers, with no casualties recorded yet.

Meanwhile, there were 106 drug suspects died and 10, 787 were arrested in other anti-illegal drugs operation conducted under the Oplan Double Barrel Reloaded from December 5, 2017 to March 2018.

Bulalacao explained and reiterated that those slain drug personalities violently resisted during the arrest.

He added that a total of 12, 287 names were listed in their validated drug watch list and will be subject to Tokhang Operations.

In June or July this year, Bulalacao said that the PNP expects the arrival of body-worn cameras for “Tokhangers” as part of their intensified war on drugs.

The PNP official also added that number of surrenderers and arrested drug suspects is expected to arise.

Source: Manila Bulletin

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