MANILA — Malacañang is looking forward to a less bloody and less controversial Oplan Tokhang as the Philippine National Police relaunched the anti-illegal drug campaign Monday.
“We’re we are hoping that they have learned from their past experience. The PNP has said they want this Tokhang operation to be less bloody, we are hoping it will be,” presidential spokesman Harry Roque said in a press briefing Monday. “We are certainly hoping that it will be less controversial because controversy will only blur the real intentions behind the Tokhang which is really the fight against dangerous drugs,” he added.
Under Oplan Tokhang, policemen knock at the doors of suspected drug offenders and ask them to stop their unlawful activities. The campaign stirred controversy because of the spate of deaths of suspects who supposedly fought with law enforcers and allegations that it encouraged extrajudicial killings.