Balik sa dating gawi! Tokhang surrenderees back in drug trade

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Several suspected drug dealers who had surrendered to the government’s Oplan Tokhang are now back in the drug trade in Iloilo City, police said.

Iloilo City Police Office head Senior Superintendent Henry Biñas said they received reports many of those involved in the drug trade now are former surrenderees.

“Maybe, there were suppliers who offered them shabu to trade. Most of them are used to easy money and finding work with meager salary is also a factor, too,” Biñas said (

He said his personnel “will be unrelenting on our efforts against those involved in criminalities, to include illegal drugs.”

Biñas stressed, however, that they will not engage in summary execution, amid reports that two Tokhang surrenderers were shot dead by motorcycle-riding men within 10 hours of each other last weekend.

The Philippine National Police in 2016 launched Oplan Tokhang to persuade drug users and pushers to surrender.

However, Tokhang had been linked to a series of what some groups claimed as extra-judicial killings.