Effective! Albayalde says decrease in crime rate in Metro Manila due to ‘Tokhang’

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There was an “unprecedented” decline in crime rate in Metro Manila and the public must thank the “Oplan Tokhang” for it.

National Capital Region Police Chief Director Oscar Albayalde said the decrease in crime rate was largely due to the highly controversial anti-illegal drug campaign of the administration.

“Unprecedented po ito, sa buong Pilipinas at saka dito sa Metro Manila, lahat po ng crimes against properties, lalo na ‘yung robbery, hold-up natin, bumaba po ‘yan, kung [i]-compare natin…malaking baba po ‘yan nung nag-start tayo ng Tokhang natin…,” Albayalde said.

“Malaking bagay po ‘yan, dahil tama po ‘yung sinabi ng ating Pangulo na ‘yung ibang crimes, or most of the crimes committed, are drug-related,” he added.

Albayalde said robbery incidents in Metro Manila decreased by 34 percent, theft by 41 percent, and car theft by almost 50 percent.

The police official insisted that no one is killed during Tokhang operations.

“Wala pong namatay sa Tokhang, ‘yung namatay sa police operations ay dahil sa buy-bust operations ‘yan,” said Albayalde.

The Philippine National Police is reportedly relaunching “Oplan Tokhang” in January after President Duterte allowed them to assist the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in implementing the government’s drug war.

The knock and plead type of police operation was suspended following series of unexplained killings including minors.