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Davide favors new Tokhang: Pero dapat sundin SOP

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Now that the Philippine National Police has rebooted its Oplan Tokhang, Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III reminded the provincial police to follow rules of engagement in anti-drug operations.

Davide’s reminder came as he expressed confidence the province can sustain its fight against the illegal drug trade.

For his part, Cebu Provincial Police Office director Senior Superintendent Edgar Alan Okubo assured continued smooth sailing with their anti-illegal drug operations.

He said police officers who fail to properly conduct the Oplan Tokhang will be relieved.

The governor said he is in favor of the modified Oplan Tokhang, which is conducted only on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Still, he stressed the importance of following the operation’s rules of engagement to avoid killings.

Under the new Tokhang guidelines, police will visit homes of alleged drug personalities but barangay, town and city anti-drug abuse council representatives would be present.

Meanwhile, Davide commended the Cebu Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Office for its anti-illegal drug campaign in Cebu, particularly the SUKOD program.

Vice Governor Agnes Magpale also lauded CPADAO and its counterparts for their programs against illegal drugs.

CPADAO head Ivy Meca said CPADAO’s plans include enabling its project management team to effectively implement the integrated drug monitoring and reporting information system.

Such a system will let CPADAO collate information from LGUs on illegal drug concerns, so it can properly monitor the overall drug status in the province.

CPPO records show that as of 2018, 521 of 1,066 barangays in the province are slightly affected by drugs; 522 moderately affected; and 23 unaffected.

Of the affected barangays, 160 have been cleared, the provincial police said.