The Philippine National Police (PNP) is back in the battle, after a month of being out of the war on drugs.
PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa announced their project ‘Project Double Barrel Reload’ during the regular flag-raising ceremony at Camp Crame in Quezon City on March 6.
The ‘Tokhang Part 2’ promises to be a kinder, gentler campaign that would target high value drug suspects after proper ‘re-validation.’ They will make sure it will be less bloody if not bloodless, Dela Rosa said.
The group encourages the Catholic clergy and other religious workers to join the police anti-drug operations, to be led by a new unit that’s still being put together, called the Drug Enforcement Group (DEG).
Dela Rosa said that they cannot afford to fail in that campaign.
We should fix our country for our children, grandchildren and live without the problem of illegal drugs.
‘We will live and die in this campaign,’ he told the police. ‘If we win in this war on drugs, then long live the PNP; if we lose in the war on drugs, then good luck to the PNP.’
Senior Superintendent Graciano Mijares is the head of the DEG, with hotlines 0917 8950544 for Globe subscribers and 0998 9992286 for Smart.
There are other positions in the DEG that are vacant. The recruits will undergo rigid screening and complete background investigation so that only the best and most qualified are taken in.
Under Oplan Tokhang Part 2 revisited, Dela Rosa said only police commanders, station commanders or precinct commanders or territorial units are authorized to conduct operations, with operatives required to be in complete police uniform.
The involvement of barangay captains or any barangay official is also required in every operation.
He stressed the PNP would continue to pursue its internal cleansing as well as its anti-illegal gambling drive.