More than 4,000 drug users have surrendered in the wake of the relaunched “Oplan Tokhang” this year, the Philippine National Police said on March 9.
Chief Supt. John Bulalacao said that while the PNP hit the 4,000 mark, with a total of 4,237 drug surrenders, the campaign remained bloodless.
The data revealed was based from PNP’s Directorate for Operations from January 29 to March 5 of this year.
The spokesman said this was the result of the agency’s 7,159 Tokhang activities across the country.
According to Bulalacao, the Central Visayas Police Regional Office was able to conduct 1,224 Tokhang activities and received 476 drug surrenderers.
The Western Visayas Police Regional Office came second with 802 activities and 370 drug surrenders.
Bulalacao stressed that the relaunch of Oplan Tokhang proved to be more effective as it continues to attract more surrenderers with no casualties recorded yet.
The Duterte administration’s war on drugs was temporarily disrupted in February 2017 given the rising reports against acts of abuses by police officers during operations.
Resuming on January 29 of this year, Bulalacao said the agency’s guidelines in implementing this campaign are “essentially founded on the fundamental principles of respect for human rights and strict adherence to the rule of law with greater emphasis on transparency, accountability, and command responsibility.”
“We are confident that this time, police interdiction operations against illegal drugs will be carried out with greater efficiency and with less violent confrontations between law enforcers and offenders,” he added.