Philippine Church leaders expect more deaths as police relaunch drug war
Church leaders in the Philippines warned of more killings after the national police announced it is relaunching the government’s controversial anti-narcotics war, reported ucanews.com.
Human rights groups say President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs has claimed the lives of at least 13,000 people since it was launched in 2016.
National Police Chief Ronald dela Rosa promised a “bloodless” operation, adding that police would observe the ” true spirit” of ” tokhang,” the police anti-narcotics campaign.
“Tokhang,” a combination of the Visayan words “toktok” (knock) and “hangyo” (appeal), is the police’s door-to-door campaign to convince drug users to surrender for rehabilitation.
“The spirit of ‘Tokhang,’ if implemented properly, is bloodless,” said dela Rosa. “That’s why it’s called knock and plead,” added the police chief.
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