'Tokhang' reloaded surrenderees top 4,000

Bianca Dava, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 09 2018 02:09 PM | Updated as of Nov 10 2018 06:23 PM

The Philippine National Police resumes Oplan Tokhang in Quezon City on Jan. 29, 2018 in a new schedule from 8 am to 5 pm. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA- Some 4,000 drug suspects surrendered in over a month since authorities relaunched the anti-illegal drug campaign "Oplan Tokhang," a police spokesman said Friday.

Central Visayas accounted for the highest number of surrenderers, 476 out of the total 4,237 from Jan. 29 to Mar. 5. A total of 7,159 "Tokhang" operations were held during the period, according to Philippine National Police data.

Under the campaign, police go from house to house to convince drug suspects to surrender. It was relaunched with stricter guidelines in January, including limiting its conduct to daytime.

Under the broader anti-drug campaign, Police Drug Enforcement Units arrested 10,787 drug personalities from 6,883 operations conducted nationwide from Dec. 5, 2017 to Mar. 5, 2018. A total of 106 people died in police operations.

Chief Supt. John Bulalacao, the PNP spokesman, said there was a decline in the number of drug suspects who resist arrest.