LATE last year, the 175,000-strong Philippine National Police (PNP) took a historic step when it
launched its “knock and plea campaign” aimed at addressing the country’s illegal drug problem.
Meant to save and not kill people, the PNP’s “bloodless” Oplan: Tokhang, launched last
December 5, continues to register increasing number of self-confessed drug pushers and users.
PNP chief Director-General Ronald “Bato” M. dela Rosa said “we have to present the real
spirit of ‘tokhang’ to our communities. So far so good, it’s going on smoothly. There’s no room
And people are made to believe that rule of law shall always prevail during the conduct of
all police anti-illegal drug-related activities not only in the metropolis but throughout the
Not only that. Respect for human rights shall be strictly observed at all times, said the
PNP chief, a close ally of President Duterte and a member of Class 1986 of the Philippine Military
In the view of many, the people now see the PNP’s “knock and plea campaign” as worth
supporting and defending as shown by the rising number of surrendering drug pushers and users.
“Hindi na natatakot ang mga durugista at nagtutulak ng shabu na sumuko sa mga otoridad
dahil alam nilang may pag-asa pa silang magbagong buhay,” said a newly-rehabilitated addict.
He paid a glowing tribute to the national police agency for also launching its highly-
successful “LIFT” (Life After Tokhang) Program, a brainchild of PNP Director Noel G. Constantino.
Last October, no less than First Lady Cielito “Honeylet” Avancena, a registered nurse,
personally led the launching of LIFT Program.
The PNP leadership deserves the support of all sectors of Philippine society as it exerts
efforts to rid this impoverished nation of habit-forming substances, drug dealers and drug