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‘Oplan Tokhang’ visits Makati condos, subdivision

Police brought yesterday the anti-drugs operation dubbed “Oplan Tokhang” to five high-end condominium buildings and around seven establishments in a posh village in Makati City.

Supt. Alex Fulgar, Assistant to the Chief of Police for Administration (ACOPA), said that 59 condo units and seven establishments in Legazpi Village, Barangay San Lorenzo, were visited under Makati Police’s “Oplan Tokhang: Kapit Bisig Kontra Droga.”

“Limang condo buildings ang napuntahan namin kung saan 59 units at around seven establishments ang nakatok at napasok,” Fulgar said in a phone interview.

The operation started at 10 a.m. and lasted for two hours, Fulgar said.

“Tutuloy pa sana kami dahil ang target namin is 300 establishment pero lumakas yung ulan. Itutuloy namin sa ibang araw,” Fulgar said.

Fulgar said that mostly, only house helpers were able to face them so they just gave them campaign materials such as leaflets for information dissemination.

Fulgar said that most condo owners said they “don’t want police” to inspect their units for their privacy.

“Karamihan ang sinasabi ay para sa privacy kaya ayaw nila kaming mag-inspect pero hindi naman pwede. Walang exempted sa kampanya ng ating Presidente laban sa ilegal na droga,” Fulgar added.

Nevertheless, Fulgar encouraged the owners to be vigilant and report any suspicious activities in their surroundings.

Philippine National Police record showed that since July 1 up to 6 a.m. yesterday, October 4, the police have already knocked on 1,634, 111 houses that resulted in the surrender of 732,698 users and pushers across the country.

Some 1,377 drug suspects were also killed while 22,503 were arrested. (MARTIN A. SADONGDONG)