"We are certainly hoping that it will be less controversial," said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Monday, January 29, during a Palace press briefing.
Controversy is undesirable, he said, because it "will only blur the real intentions behind the Tokhang which is really the fight against dangerous drugs." (READ: PNP chief invites public to join Oplan Tokhang)
Malacañang also welcomed the PNP's declaration that they want a less bloody war on drugs.
"We are hoping it will be [less bloody] and we welcome the statement by the PNP as reaffirming their commitment to the rule of law," said President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesman.
The Palace also said it hopes the police have "learned from their past experience" in implementing the President's campaign against illegal drugs.
During the time the PNP was not a major player in the drug war, the PDEA said only two persons were killed in anti-drug operations.
Police have been under fire for the deaths of thousands of drug suspects, including teenagers. Duterte then admitted some policemen were abusing their power to implement the campaign. (READ: Duterte's drug war in 2017: The year of deaths and denials) – Rappler.com
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