What’s in a name? ‘Tokhang’ is back

  • Written by Alfred P. Dalizon
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THE Philippine National Police’s Oplan: Double Barrel Reloaded and Oplan: Tokhang are back with some refinements being made to ensure that the campaign against drugs won’t be bloody anymore and won’t be taken advantage of by crooked cops once again, PNP chief Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ M. dela Rosa said yesterday.

Fresh from an official United States trip, the PNP chief said that PNP Director for Operations, Director Camilo Pancratius P. Cascolan is already drafting the new memorandum circular on the matter in compliance with the order of President Duterte to them to resume their anti-narcotics campaign following a month-long suspension.

“We are assuring na hindi masisingitan ang aming operations ng mga sindikato and we’re getting inputs from the different PNP regional directors,” Gen. dela Rosa said.

The PNP chief also said that the suggestion of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chair, Director General Aaron N. Aquino for the PNP to stop using the word “Tokhang” as it has been already associated with alleged extra-judicial killings is well taken.

“But what’s in a name? What is important here is the result. You try to deodorize the name pero hahanapan pa rin ng butas. That’s the least of my concerns. Ang gusto ko lang hindi na madugo ang laban,” he said.
And as far as he is concerned, the need to modify or stop the word Oplan: Tokhang will rest with the Supreme Court decision on the matter. “But so far, it stays.”