The Bohol Provincial Police Office officially ordered its personnel to stop the implementation of Oplan Tokhang and Project Double Barrel-Alpha starting today, according to a BPPO official.
The order was issued by Philippine National Police chief Dir. Gen. Ronald dela Rosa after Pres. Rodrigo Duterte disbanded anti-narcotics units of the PNP, said BPPO spokesman Sr. Insp. Vincent Dumaguing.
According to Dumaguing, the entire PNPâ€™s war on drugs has been put on hold as the organization diverted its focus on going after errant policemen and cleaning its ranks.
However, the BPPO spokesmanÂ noted that police are still going to arrest those caught in the act of participating in illegal drug activities despite the cancellation of planned anti-drug operations.
Most of the responsibilities in the governmentâ€™s war on drugs will be transferred to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) as it continues its anti-drug operations, Dumaguing added.
The PNPâ€™s focus made a sudden detour in the wake of a scandal involving the abduction and murder of South Korean trader Jee Ick-joo inside Camp CrameÂ on Oct. 18, 2016.
Prior to his murder, Jee was taken from his home in Angeles, Pampanga on the same day by operatives of the PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Group in the guise of a legal anti-drug operation. (Rey Tutas)