09 Jul “Oplan Tokhang” to Greatly Reduce Number of Drug-Related Cases Reaching Prosecution
“Oplan Tokhang” (Toktok-Hangyo), which aimed to personally talk to those involved in illegal drugs convincing them to stop and surrender to authorities for investigation, verification and rehabilitation, has been seen effective for more and more suspected drug users and pushers are turning themselves to the police.
Since the said program gives chance to suspected individuals involved in illegal drugs to change themselves and become one of the good citizens, arrests and killings can be avoided in case they put up a fight with the authorities in the future.
And according to Regional Prosecutor Jaime Umpa, the said campaign may greatly reduce the number of drug-related cases that reach Office of Regional Prosecutor in Northern Mindanao.
However, Umpa reported that he hasn’t yet observed any changes on the number of cases filed at the RPO since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office as this country’s new president last July. “We still have to consolidate the cases next month kung naa ba kini epekto, pagsaka o pag-ubos man. Pero I don’t think nga musaka kay ang pag-surrender nila, dili man pasabot nga magpasaka pud dayon ug kaso, kasi nga they are given a chance to reform.”
Earlier, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that they have planned to hire some 500 prosecutors to deal with the backlog of cases, though it was not evident in Northern Mindanao as said by Umpa.