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Dumaguete City, Philippines Saturday, July 2, 2016
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Dumaguete City acting chief of police, Supt. Jovito Atanacio, started yesterday the implementation of “Oplan Tokhang”, or in the dialect “toktok” or “hangyo,” which means knock and then request suspected users and peddlers in the barangays to voluntarily surrender and give up their nefarious activities.

“Tokhang” is used by Chief Supt. Ronald Dela Rosa, who assumed as new Philippine National Police chief, in the campaign against illegal drugs for all users, pushers and even suppliers to voluntarily surrender in the presence of city and barangay Anti-Drugs Abuse Council, teachers, barangay officials, priests and media.

Atanacio started “Oplan Tokhang” in Calindagan yesterday, near the area where the number 1 drug personality in the province was gunned down.

Before the implementation of “Tokhang”, Atanacio gathered all barangay captains Monday, including their chief tanods, to a conference and briefed them on the project.

During the summit, the lists of suspected users and pushers in all the barangays were submitted, and are now the subject of visitation by the city police.

This is one way of helping them go back to normal lives before police operations will be conducted against them, Atanacio stressed.

With the use of a megaphone, Atanacio was able to gather several residents to listen to his explanation, even as he was also under orders by Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo to seriously deal with the drug menace, in line with the priority program of the Duterte administration.

Users and pushers who want to surrender will be asked to sign a commitment undertaking that they will support the anti-drug campaign, the main objective of which is to achieve a drug-free Dumaguete.

In the province, 31 suspected drug users and pushers in Guihulngan City have surrendered, 10 in San Jose, as well as several others in Valencia, police provincial director, Senior Supt. Harris Fama, said.*JG


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