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Showbiz stars in drug list urged to surrender

Director General Ronald dela Rosa, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), is expected to meet with President Duterte to discuss the action plan for the showbiz personalities who are listed in the drug list.

“I will meet with the President and I will get a copy of his list so that we can start the Tokhang,” said dela Rosa.

Tokhang is a police anti-drugs operation strategy wherein policemen would visit the house of suspected drug personalities to urge them to surrender or reform themselves.

As soon as he obtains the list of celebrities, dela Rosa said they will map out an operation on how to carry out the visitation on the showbiz personalities on the drug list.

“We will visit their houses, we will ask them to surrender. They are public figures, they should be open to the public. They should not fool the people,” said dela Rosa.

The planned house visitation on celebrities, according to dela Rosa, is proof that there is no double-standard in their campaign against illegal drugs.

Another proof, he said, is the recently concluded house visitation in exclusive subdivisions in Metro Manila.

For his part, Anti-Illegal Drugs Group head Senior Supt. Albert Ferro said they have on their list five celebrities who have been selling party drugs to fellow celebrities.

“We know who they are and as soon as we obtain strong pieces of evidence, we will arrest them,” said Ferro.

He then warned the celebrities engaged in party-drugs transactions to stop this early, revealing that they are now conducting surveillance operations against them.

“If I were them, I would just surrender to the nearest police station instead of ending up being arrested,” said Ferro.

The police focus in celebrities came as cops have recently killed a suspected supplier of party drugs to celebrities in Laguna raid and the arrest of a popular disc jockey in Pasig City.

On Sunday, 90s starlet Sabrina M was also arrested in a raid in Quezon City. (AARON RECUENCO)