Majority of Tokhang targets did not yield

THE Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6) registered 100 percent compliance as far as Oplan Tokhang is concerned.

Superintendent Joem Malong, PRO-6 spokesperson, said that police units all over Western Visayas have visited the identified houses of the 1,391 illegal drug personalities on the police watch list.

“Of the said number, 901 did not surrender,” Malong said.

Oplan Tokhang, which came from Visayas words toktok-hangyo or knock and plea, is a national law enforcement project of the PNP. It was launched as part of the campaign to warn illegal drug traffickers and users to stop their activities.

Malong said most of the suspects who did not surrender denied that they are into the illegal drug activities.

“They are in denial and maintained that they are not into or were not into the illegal drug trade,” she added.

Others opted not to appear at the police station for fears that they might be subjected to police operations once they surrender.

A good number of Tokhang targets have left their identified place of residence.

From May 8 to 14, a total of 12 anti-illegal drugs operations were conducted in Western Visayas.

Negros Occidental topped the most number of operations with 8 followed by Bacolod City with 3 and Iloilo City with 1.

From Dec. 5, 2017, to May 14, 2018, a total of 712 suspects were arrested during anti-illegal operations conducted in the region.

Meanwhile, the Regional Oversight Committee against Illegal Drugs, Illegal Gambling, and Enhanced Managing Patrol Operations discussed the need of strengthened internal cleansing efforts.

Senior Superintendent Remus Zacharias Canieso, chief of the PRO-6 Regional Directorial Staff, led the oversight committee meeting.

The committee is the body that orchestrates activities and operations against illegal drugs and gambling in the region.

One of the PRO-6 priority strategies to strengthen its fight against illegal gambling is the internal cleansing.

PRO-6 reiterated that PNP personnel are not allowed to enter casinos and other illegal gambling establishments.

“We cannot implement the law without cleansing our ranks first,” Canieso said, as he required all unit commanders to guard their ranks and report erring police officers.

“The commanders will be held liable for the misdeeds of their subordinates,” he stressed.

Canieso also pointed out that it is the commander’s moral responsibility to guide their personnel into the right path.

For the week mentioned, a total of 42 anti-illegal gambling operations were conducted, which led to the arrest of 120 persons and confiscation of P8,989 bet money.

There were 311 illegal gambling operations conducted and 311 cases were also filed in court from Dec. 5, 2017, to May 7.

Canieso said that they continue to monitor drug and gambling personalities as they strengthen and continue their relentless campaign, with the support of the community and stakeholders.

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