PNP chief invites public to join Oplan Tokhang

MANILA, Philippines – Saying cops have nothing to hide, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa invited the public on Monday, January 29, to regularly join their Oplan Tokhang operations. 

"Basta maging transparent, anybody kahit sinong gustong sumama, sumama kayo sa Tokhang. Wala kaming tinatago (Just so we can be transparent, anybody who wants to join, join Tokhang. We aren't hiding anything)," Dela Rosa said in a press briefing in Camp Crame.

Dela Rosa was answering questions on who qualifies as a human rights advocate, as the PNP now requires that a human rights officer or advocate join controversial Oplan Tokhang operations.

Dela Rosa said this can be "anybody who is advocating for human rights," regardless of affiliations.

According to Dela Rosa, those who will join the operations will not do the "knocking" themselves, but should maintain their distance.

"Hindi naman sila siguro manggugulo do'n. O-observe lang naman siguro sila do'n siguro. Okay lang basta makakatok namin, makakusap namin 'yung drug personality sa loob," Dela Rosa said.

(Most probably, they wouldn't interfere. They would observe there in all likelihood. It's all right as long as we can knock and talk with the drug personality.)

His public invitation comes as the PNP returns to their most controversial campaign under President Rodrigo Duterte: Oplan Tokhang. The PNP recently released new guidelines that spell out, step-by-step, how to properly conduct the operations. – Rappler.com

Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers security, crime, and the city of Manila for Rappler. He was chosen as a Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.

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