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Cagayan police intensifies tokhang; 4,000 drug personalities to undergo rehab

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- With the relaunch of Oplan Tokhang on January, Cagayan Police Provincial Director Senior Superintendent Warren Gaspar Tolito said they will intensify tokhang in the province, knocking once again on doors of remaining personalities from their previous list.

Tolito told media on Saturday, February 24, Cagayan police officers will encourage identified drug personalities from their watch list to surrender and be brought to rehabilitation.

“Sa relaunch na ito, ito yung mga [nasa] lumang listahan. Talagang gusto naming matapos yung lumang listahan na ito eh kaysa mag-create na naman tayo ng panibago nang hindi pa naman natin natatapos,” Tolito said.

Tolito said they will do this through a community-based approach with the help of barangay anti-drug abuse councils (BADAC).

Currently, Cagayan police will knock on 4,000 tokhang personalities who will be encouraged to undergo rehab, Tolito said. He added that some 2,000 surrenderers have already finished rehab.

The 4,000 users are part of the remnants of the first tokhang record crafted in 2016.

Further, Tolito said around 1,000 persons are undergoing rehabilitation in the center in City of Ilagan. He added that 50 patients from Cagayan who are undergoing treatment were classified as “severe.”

The police director also revealed that Baggao town had the most number of identified tokhang personalities. During the turn over ng COP [chief of police] last year, pinag-usapan din natin ito with the mayor. So we are focused on bringing severe patients to Ilagan while libre pa.”

Meanwhile, 10 barangays in the coastal town of Santa Praxedes town will be declared drug-free on Thursday, March 1.

When asked if they can clear all 820 barangays of Cagayan, Tolito said, “Pilitin natin by the end of the year.”

In order to be declared drug-free, an area must have no records of users, pushers, farmers of marijuana, or those involved in transshipment of drugs, Tolito explained.

To be drug cleared, an area which previously had pushers and users must successfully finish rehab or be arrested, or be out of the country, the provincial police chief added.

“Parang ang hirap ma-clear ang isang barangay. Pero puwede pala, puwede pala. Ang pinaka-key dito is magtulungan lang tayo. In fact, sa amin sa PNP, kait hindi natin trabaho, ineextend namin yung support diyan para matulungan natin yung ibang government agencies in a way na para ma-clear yung isang barangay,” he added.

Tolito said this is an extra and united effort for police and BADAC together with other government agencies such as the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Department of Health, Department of Social Welfare and Development,  TESDA, and all local government units.

“Hindi natin iniispin yung personal accomplishment kundi yung isip natin iisa lang na makita natin na one day ang Cagayan ay isang drug-cleared province. So anything that goes towards that direction, yun ang gagawin natin. So kaya, kaya nating gawin ito,” Tolito added.

Drugs as business

Meanwhile, Police Regional Office 02 (PRO2) Director Chief Superintendent Jose Mario Espino also on Saturday said drugs need to be treated as business in order to unravel the “illegal infrastructure” of drug business.

“Let’s make the cost of doing business, drug dealings, too high even if it costs their lives. Pushers will move out of PRO2 where it is not easy to conduct their business. Drive big players out of Cagayan Valley,” he told anti drug officials.

The regional police director also said methods of drug syndicates change and have become more  complex, to the point that drug lords were “unchallenged” and even tainted some government institutions in the past including even the Philippine National Police.

Espino also stressed the role of parents in preventing children from falling into the operation of illegal drugs.

“Tayo pong mga magulang ang number one solution para masawata itong illegal drugs… We are committing ourselves [sa], ang sabi ni presidente, unrelenting kampanya laban sa illegal na droga,” he said.

“Let us maximize efforts to neutralize big players to eventually trove the supply line that feeds on the illegal trade thus denying street level pushers and users of illegal drugs,” Espino added. Northernforum.net

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