Castriciones said that it is only the Oplan Tokhang of the national police that has been suspended and not the fight against the narco menace.
Reports reaching the DILG office said that a number of barangay captains and their kagawads are no longer interested in helping in the fight after President Duterte stopped Oplan Tokhang due to the involvement of some rogue cops in questionable operations.
Barangay officials in Quezon City are hesitant to continue going after the drug pushers and users following the Oplan Tokhang suspension.
During a meeting with the Quezon City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (QCDAC) last Thursday, a number of barangay officials they fear carrying on the campaign against drugs without the backing of policemen.
Barangay Immaculate Concepcion chairman Ramon Salas in an open forum told government representatives their lives are in grave danger in confrontations with the armed drug pushers.
He cited the dozens of individuals in the city alone who were killed in shootouts with policemen at the height of Oplan Tokhang implementation.
“Lahat yan armado at nanlaban kaya napatay. .. paano naman kami eh susugod kami ng mga tanod namin na walang armas bukod sa kilala kami ng mga kalaban,” he told People’s Journal on the sidelines of the QCDAC meeting attended by 130 barangay chairmen and other officials out of the 142 barangays in the city.
Salas joined Barangay Talipapa chairwoman Ursula Juan and her kagawads in appealing to President Duterte to bring back the PNP’s Oplan Tokhang saying drug pushers are back in the streets.
QCPD director Chief Supt. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar who also attended the forum assured the barangay officials of their help and cooperation although he said “our hands are tied.”
The police are just a dial or text away and ready to give them immediate support if needed.
Eleazar said that the project formula which is clustering, organizing neighborhood watch, validation and tagging has been effective in coordination with QCDAC and BADAC since its implementation as part of the Oplan Tokhang approach.
Under this approach, 19 out of the 142 barangays in QC have already been declared drug-free.
“May mga candidates pa at pipilitin natin sa tulong ng ibang ahensya na makuha ang target,” the QCPD top cop told People’s Journal.
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