PNP takes anti-drug war to posh Muntinlupa village

Anjo Bagaoisan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 13 2016 03:20 PM

An officer of the Muntinlupa City police greets a dog as a house helper approaches the gate of a house in Ayala Alabang, where the Philippine National Police conducted an anti-drug information drive. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA – The Philippine National Police's (PNP) modified "Oplan Tokhang" reached the gates of Ayala Alabang Village in Muntinlupa City Tuesday.

Muntinlupa police, accompanied by barangay officials, gave away pamphlets on illegal drugs, and invited homeowners to attend seminars with law enforcers as part of the modified anti-drug operation.

Like earlier anti-drug operations in gated subdivisions in Makati City such as Magallanes and Forbes Park, mostly house helpers answered police inquiry in Ayala Alabang.

Ayala Alabang Village Association President Tony Laurel said at least five houses in the subdivision, which were rented mostly by foreigners, were suspected areas of illegal activities like e-gambling, credit card hacking, even cybersex. 

They detected red flags at the houses for illegal activity, Laurel said, which include a lack of activity during the day, and activity taking place mostly at night, as indicated by lights being on all night. 

The National Bureau of Investigation also tipped them off regarding cybercrime activities in the subdivision, Laurel said.

Two shabu laboratories were discovered in Ayala Alabang in early 2016, prompting a proactive screening of residents and renters, he added.

The PNP's information campaign in gated subdivisions is part of its increased efforts to rid the country of the illegal drug trade. Dubbed "Oplan Tokhang," officers knock on doors of suspected drug users and sellers, and invite them to surrender. 

The implementation of the modified Oplan Tokhang in exclusive subdivisions started early September, with officers coordinating with homeowner associations.

PNP also distributed flyers in Magallanes Village and Forbes Park.