Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa has ordered Thursday the termination of Oplan Tokhang, as the police force turned the mission over to Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
Dela Rosa added that all of the PNP’s anti-illegal drug operations are now halted, including Oplan Double Barrel and the drop box system of reporting drug suspects in barangay.
The PNP Drug Enforcement Group will remain with its duties now limited to intelligence production and monitoring. Information obtained by the group will be sent over to PDEA, the PNP chief explained.
The PNP handed over the lead role in the anti-drug campaign to PDEA on orders of President Rodrigo Duterte, who released a memorandum on Wednesday, clarifying PDEA’s mandate “to bring order” to the campaign and “[pinpoint] precise accountability.
Now with PNP’s hands off of the anti-drugs operations, Bato said the police force would focus on fighting other crimes, particularly going after riding-in-tandem gunmen. They will also direct their focus on cleansing its ranks.
He also said the PNP would be ready to support the PDEA in the anti-narcotics campaign, if needed.
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