Senate bet wants 'tokhang' vs narco-politicians


Posted at Feb 24 2019 08:58 PM

Senatorial candidate Abner Afuang reacts to a question during the Harapan 2019 Senatorial Town Hall Debate at ABS-CBN on February 24, 2019. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Senatorial aspirant Abner Afuang on Sunday said he would like narco-politicians, especially those in Congress, to be targeted in the police's anti-drug operation "Oplan Tokhang."

The former Pagsanjan, Laguna mayor said he is not in favor of President Rodrigo Duterte's campaign against drugs.

"Mali. Pabor ako kung ang uunahin ng Oplan Tokhang yung evil, corrupt and narco-politicians sa upper and lower house of Congress," said during the second installment of "Harapan 2019: The ABS-CBN Senatorial Town Hall Debate.”

Afuang, a former policeman, told millennials he would push for the revival of the death penalty for narco-politicians.

"Ang masasabi ko lang sa inyo, kapag ako nasa Senado, uunahin ko 'yung evil, corrupt and narco-politicians, death penalty," he said.

Some 5,000 drug suspects have been killed in police anti-drug operations, but human rights groups and government critics say this figure is understated. 

The police's house-to-house "knock and plead" campaign was relaunched in January 2018 following months of keeping anti-drug operatives off the streets amid allegations of excesses and summary killings.