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Dela Rosa mulls implementation of ‘Oplan Tokhang’ at NBP

Once he takes over as BuCor head


By Aaron Recuenco

Director General Ronald dela Rosa, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), said he would push for the calibration of the Oplan Tokhang to suit its implementation at the National Bilibid Prisons once he takes over as the head of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).

PNP Chief Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa accepted President Rodrigo Duterte's offer to lead the Bureau of Corrections when he retires next year. (Kevin Tristan Espiritu | Manila Bulletin)

PNP Chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa (Kevin Tristan Espiritu | Manila Bulletin)

Right now, dela Rosa said two of his classmates at the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class 1986 who were earlier appointed to the BuCor are currently implementing measures for his smooth assumption either in March or April next year.

“We will talk on what approach we should use. Outside, it is effective but we do not know inside (the NBP),” said dela Rosa.

He explained that they might use a different strategy in conducting anti-drugs operations on the convicted inmates of the NBP.

The NBP gained notoriety for the continuous drug operations of the convicted drug lords and traffickers detained inside.

The Oplan Tokhang on the other hand was also dragged into controversy due to the number of deaths in police operations and those allegedly perpetrated by vigilante groups.

Oplan Tokhang basically means the cops knocking on the doors of known illegal drugs personalities and pleading them to stop and reform.

“How can you ask people to change when they do not want to change,” said dela Rosa.

Dela Rosa was supposed to bow out of service on January 21 next year when he would reach the mandatory retirement age of 56.

But President Duterte earlier announced that he would extend the tour of duty of dela Rosa for two to three months, citing unfinished business in war on drugs.

The PNP was allowed to return to the war on drugs early this month.

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