Monday, August 8, 2016

Camp Dagohoy refutes
‘whimsical’ Tokhang list 

TAGBILARAN CITY, August 5 (PIA)–-It is not whimsical as what detractors would want to instill. 

Contrary to popular spin, getting a drug personality’s name on the list which police authorities use for their knock (toktok) and plead (hangyo) in the government’s anti-drug campaign does not just happen in a day. 

This sums up the gist of the explanation brought by Camp Dagohoy’s top officials at the weekly Kapihan sa PIA which happened Thursday, August 4 and aired live over DyTR. 

Camp Dagohoy, Bohol police provincial headquarters deputy provincial director for operations Psupt. Ricky Delelis and Planning and Operations PSupt. Lorenzo Batuan stressed that even before police officers knock on a drug suspect’s house, at least three processes have transpired.

The processes they mean, could be done in over a month. 

Human rights advocates, close friends and relatives of drug suspects have been very vocal about what they think as whimsical coming up of the list which is “fueled by intrigue and envy.”

Contrary to popular belief, “Oplan Tokhang” is just a part of the government’s anti drug abuse campaign called “Project Double Barrel,” shared PSupt Batuan during the forum. 

Planning chief at Camp Dagohoy explained that “Double barrel” entails two-pronged attack against drug problem: Tokhang and simultaneously, the priority to get to high value and low value targets.

Here, he also explained that within the five stages of Double barrel sits “Tokhang,” which is at stage 3.

When somebody gets to a drug personality’s door, knocks and pleads to permanently stop and surrender, a long and tedious process has been followed. 

Of the five stages of “Double Barrel,” stage 1 is collection and validation of information.

Here, Supt Batuan clarified: intelligence operatives and force multipliers in their areas prop the list, then each name is put into a deepened intelligence operation by intelligence operatives and the finalized. 

Second stage is coordination. Here, police intelligence and force multipliers-validated list is brought to the local government units and presented to the Barangay and Municipal Anti-Drug Abuse Councils, or the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency for investigation.

From there, police authorities and barangay officials, led by a commissioned officer and a safety and security officer start the actual home visits, making sure that no human rights are violated. 

Fourth stage is processing and documentation, Batuan said. 

Those who respond to the pleadings of the police and officials during Tokhang make themselves available to the police where they are documented, and made to pledge to fully stop using or pushing illegal drugs. 

Here, when a “surrenderer” has standing warrants, he would be processed in accordance with the law, PSupt. Ricky Delelis added. 

Then, stage 5 entails monitoring and evaluation, when operatives, force multipliers and the BADAC or MADAC monitors the pledges of the surrenderers to see if they really made true their promise or slid back to the old habit.

If the latter happens, PSupt Delelis said the subject drug personalities are subjected to police operations in the form of search warrant implementation, buy bust or arrest warrants which is basically neutralizing the subject and his operations. 

Both police officers at the Kapihan also said that as far as police operations are concerned, they have done their jobs, not it is time for other stakeholders to do theirs. 

Of the drug “surrenderers,” some may see no need for rehabilitation, but for those who do, and citing successful anti-drug campaign models, Supt Delelis said the Local Government Units, Department of Health, Social Welfare and Development and job skills trainings agencies can also pitch in their help to finally bust the drug problem hounding the country. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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