Abusing Oplan Tokhang

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     As an action of our President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in his fight against illegal drugs and other forms of criminality in our country. The Oplan Tokhang was first accomplished in Davo City were Rodrigo Duterte served several years being a Mayor of the region. He launches the war on drugs nationwide after he was declared as the president to stop this severe problem of our country.

     Local police chiefs immediately ordered an "Oplan Tokhang" (Operation Knock and Plead) and Oplan Double Barrel, the anti-illegal programs of the Philippine National Police (PNP), upon receipt of the memorandum head by PNP Director Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa.

     On January 30, 2017, when Duterte instructed the PNP to first rid its rank of corrupt personnel. This is after some policeman reportedly got involved in the kidnap and murder of a South Korean businessman. On February 27, the President allowed the PNP back into the "war on drugs" but with limited participation through smaller task forces. Before the suspension of PNP's anti-drug operations, there had been 7,000 deaths linked to the "war on drugs" both from legitimate police operations and vigilante-style or unexplained killings from July 1, 2016 to January 31, 2017.

     President Duterte has frequently characterized his "war on drugs" as targeting "drug lords" and "drug pushers". However, in all but one of the cases investigated by Human Rights Watch, the victims of drug-related killings by the police or undefined gunmen of exception was the middle-class victim who appears to have been killed as a result of mistaken identity, and many were suspected drug users, not dealers at all. Almost all of the victims were either unemployed or worked menial jobs.   

    No evidence thus far shows that Duterte planned or ordered specific extrajudicial killings. But Duterte's repeated calls for killings as part of his anti-drug campaign could constitute acts instigating law enforcement to commit the crime of murder. His statements encouraging vigilantes among the general population to commit violence against suspected drug users could constitute incitement to violence.   

 

  

 

 



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