Barangay Captain Refused To Give The List Of Drug Suspects In His Area Due To Human Rights Issue



Jaime Frias II, Chieftain of Barangay 23 in Cagayan De Oro refused to give the list of suspected drug personalities and will not allow police to conduct operation 'Tokhang' in his barangay because of human rights issues. “Oplan Tokhang” or Operation Tokhang is a contraction of the Visayan words “Toktok” (knock) and “Hangyo” (request).


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According to him, DILG did not give any memorandum or even a simple letter from the PNP requesting village officials to provide a list. “I admire the efforts made by the administration of his Excellency Rodrigo Duterte, but I could not do that", he said. He said that there was a mother of a drug pusher in their area who approached him and asked for the schedule of voluntary surrender who were involve in illegal drugs but he said that they are not conducting operation ‘TokHang’ in their barangay. “Admitting would also inflict trauma to their children. Better your children know in the future that you quit rather than they know you are being monitored as they grow up", he further explained. Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) seized P1.5 million worth of shabu in Barangay 23 last December 2015. Regarding this operation, Frias said, “That took a toll against illegal drugs and that is enough for them to be aware and fear the law.” PRO Northern Mindanao spokesperson Superintendent Surki Alday Sereñas reacted on Frias unwillingness to submit, he said, “Ang purpose is para mahibaw-an ra man sa PNP nga dili na sila part sa target kay nag signify na sila nga moundang na and madocument sila para dili na sila ma-operationan.” “Dili man tingali ma-igo sa human rights violations kay ang pagtake sa picture sa usa ka surrenderee for profiling ra mana and dili for publishing sa media or sa bisan asa gawas kung i-publish na kana paglabag gyud sa human rights,” Sereñas added.


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