Philippine police return to war on drugs, cannot promise no bloodshed

Duterte has stopped police anti-drugs operations twice due to questions over the conduct of the force
Channel News Asia (Singapore)
Monday, January 29, 2018

Police in the Philippines resumed President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs, making visits to the homes of users and dealers to convince them to surrender, but the national police chief declined to guarantee that blood would not be shed. The programme of visits, known as "Oplan Tokhang", made a comeback with an assurance from police chief Ronaldo dela Rosa that it should be free of violence if offenders agreed to go quietly and did not resist. But he could not promise a "foolproof anti-drug campaign that would be bloodless", Dela Rosa added, as the police were "not dealing with people who are in their proper state of mind".