Palace open to scrapping ‘Oplan Tokhang’
MANILA, Philippines —
The campaign is a nationwide implementation of an approach used in Davao City, where President Rodrigo Duterte was mayor for decades.
Robredo said the government should consider a new anti-illegal drug strategy as the operation has gained a notoriety of being a “war against the poor.”
Although “Tokhang” — from the Bisaya words for “knock and plead” — refers to the campaign of asking suspected drug peddlers and users to surrender and enter rehabilitation programs, it has also been used to refer to killings linked to the “war on drugs.”
The government has repeatedly said extrajudicial killings are not state policy.
President Rodrigo Duterte recently designated Robredo as co-chair of the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD).
“As we have said, we will give her all that she needs.
Panelo stressed that Robredo, as the “anti-drug czar,” has the authority to replace
Duterte is also open to consultation if ever Robredo wants to discuss the government’s anti-narcotics campaign.
Asked if the government would
Both the US and the UN have been vocal on its stand against extrajudicial killings linked in the
“If she feels that the US can help in the drug war… The Americans have long been helping us. Sharing intelligence is one of that,” Panelo said.
Robredo said she will meet with US Embassy officials this week to coordinate the flow of cooperation and information. She also thanked US Ambassador Sung Kim for Washington’s commitment to partner with the country in the efforts against illegal drugs.
The vice president also noted that the UN has researches and studies about best practices on addressing the drug problem.