Operation TOKHANG yields 482 drug surrenderees in 5 days

Tacloban City, Leyte – The newly installed Philippine National Police (PNP) Regional Director, Chief Superintendent Elmer Beltejar, announced that the implementation of the Project Double Barrel or locally named Project TOKHANG (“Toktok/Hangyo”) has yielded 482 suspected drug offenders all over the region from 29 June to 3 July 2016. 

Urine samples of PRO-8 officials who underwent drug test on their first command conference with new police regional director PCSupt. Bellejar. (Rowel C. Montes)
Beltejar, who replaced Chief Superintendent Jose Erwin Villacorte, said that the PNP Regional Command is stepping up its campaign against illegal drugs in the region in consonance to the marching orders of the newly installed President Rudrigo Duterte and echoed by the PNP Chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa. 

“This is the right time that drug menace in the region and the entire country must be eradicated,” Beltejar spoke to the media in a press briefing after he took the command on 5 July 2016. 

Earlier, police officials were all subjected to a voluntary submission of drug testing as part of their campaign against illegal drug use within the police organization. 

The police regional command said that of the 482, Leyte posted the highest surrenderees with 167. Northern Samar came next with 128. 

Police Provincial Offices in Southern Leyte yielded 3, Biliran 16, Samar 37, Ormoc City has 37 and Tacloban City posted 35. Of these, 271 were considered as users while 210 were pushers. No report of drug confiscation has been reported so far. 

As of now, the regional police puts the number of drugs watch list at 3080. The Barangay Drug Abuse Councils (BADAC) listed 343 drug offenders in the whole region. BADAC serves as the PNP partner in TOKHANG. 

The surrenderees are subjected to documentation and are made to sign an Affidavit of Undertaking where they promise not to engage in illegal drug activities and submit themselves to drug rehabilitation.

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