Countries with Illegal Drugs Problems Eyeing to Replicate PNP's Oplan Tokhang


Various countries in Asia and America who are now facing similar illegal drugs problems in the Philippines are eyeing to replicate the Philippine National Police's (PNP) "Oplan Tokhang" to address their problems on illegal substance abuse and trading, which is considered as one of the major problems in Asia.



According to Police Chief Inspector (PCI) Kimberly Molitas, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) information officer and member of the International Association of Women Police (IAWP), countries with similar drugs problems will replicate the successful campaign in the Philippines.

PCI Molitas is a transnational crime buster who represents the Philippines in international fora talking on the country’s war on drugs.

During her visit to Colombia this month to talk on the administration’s campaign on illegal drugs, Molitas said foreign law enforcers intimated their desire to adopt “OplanTokhang” to combat their own problem on substance abuse and trafficking.

Among the countries who were interested in replicating the successful campaign in the Philippines includes Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Colombia, and USA including in New York, which, she said, showed interest to replicate the program.

The member of the IAWP representing the Philippines, PCI Molitas said that she visited these countries on invitations to present the actuality of the drug war in the Philippines.

“They have been looking at factual benefits of the ‘OplanTokhang’, how some suspects died during police operation, what the human rights organization says, and what are reported on media,” she said.

Relaying her previous engagements with law enforcers in these countries, Molitas said that she used data from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in her presentations.

“They were surprised that we have at least 1.3 million drug surrenderers which, according to them, never happened to other countries facing drug problems,” she said.

When asked on the strategies under “OplanTokhang” to make the 1.3 million drug suspects surrender, Molitas said she relayed the PNP’s “Knock and Plead scheme,” where policemen literally knocked on the doors of the drug suspects and asked them to voluntarily surrender.

“They even asked me to accompany them to do the knock and plead scheme,” she said. “The Indonesian police is now preparing to implement their own version of the ‘OplanTokhang.’”

Based upon the official records of the PNP, starting July 1, 2016 up to date, there were 76,863 anti-drug operations already conducted in the Philippines with over a million drug personalities surrendering and 113,932 arrested, yielding a total of PHP18.84 billion worth of illegal drugs, paraphernalia and laboratory equipment.

Source: PNA


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