Cops bring drug war to posh Makati villages

Jamaine Punzalan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 05 2016 01:35 PM

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MANILA - Amid criticism that government's war on drugs only targets the poor and powerless, policemen held anti-narcotics operations at exclusive subdivisions in Makati City Monday. 

Distributing leaflets about the harmful effects of illegal drugs, policemen made door-to-door visits to the residents of Forbes Park and Magallanes Village, under the Oplan Tokhang. 

The leaflets had messages urging residents to report relatives or acquaintances who may be abusing narcotics. 

The Southern Police District (SPD) clarified that no resident of the two posh villages were on their drugs watch list, so policemen could only hold an information campaign. 

Policemen also had to secure the approval of homeowners' associations before they were allowed to knock on the homes of Forbes and Magallanes residents. 

SPD director, Senior Superintendent Tomas Apolinario addressed observations that Monday's Tokhang efforts showed a stark contrast to police operations in depressed areas, where drug suspects are sometimes killed while supposedly resisting arrest. 

"Sa tanong na bakit sa ibang lugar may napapatay, hindi namin kasalanan yun, lumalaban sila. Samantalang sa ganitong lugar, we coordinate. At the same time, wala namang gaoong actuation na lumalaban sa kapulisan," Apolinario said. 

(On questions about why drug suspects are killed in some areas, that is not our fault, they fought us off. In subdivisions like this, we coordinate. At the same time, there are is actuation to resist policemen.) 

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Apolinario also stressed that their operation is only an initial step to establish good ties with well-off communities. 

The SPD also conducted a similar information drive at the Urdaneta and San Lorenzo villages in Makati last August. 

-- With reports from Zhander Cayabyab, DZMM and Raphael Bosano, ABS-CBN News