Dela Rosa on celebrities involved in drug trade: I-'Tokhang' natin sila

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PNP Chief Ronald Dela Rosa says celebrities allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade may be subject to Oplan Tokhang, an anti-drug mechanism where the police knock on houses of drug suspects and ask them to stop their trade. (file photo)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The government's anti-drug campaign spares no one – and Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Ronald Dela Rosa is looking into the possibility of holding an Oplan Tokhang for celebrities allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade.

Oplan Tokhang is an anti-drug program where the police knock on houses of drug suspects and ask them to stop their trade.

Although the police has not received the list of celebrities supposedly linked to the illegal drug trade, Dela Rosa said in a press briefing at Camp Crame on Tuesday that the rule of law applies to all, even to "public figures like celebrities".

The PNP top brass is also determined to put behind bars policemen who are allegedly involved in illegal drugs due to the Duterte administration's all-out war against drugs.

"'Yung mga masasamang pulis na 'yan, hindi sila ma-uncover kung walang mabubuting pulis, (These bad policemen, they are uncovered because of the good ones)" he said. "Mas maraming pulis ang gustong maging hero ngayon [dahil] sa current administration (There are more policemen who want to be heroes now because of the current administration)."

Dela Rosa claimed illegal drugs are usually imported from other countries to the Philippines, making it a challenge for authorities to dismantle the main source of drug supply.

"Ang drugs sa'tin nanggagaling sa ibang bansa. Pag pasok sa 'tin dito sa Pilipinas, ang nakikita nating problema ay addiction. Kung maputol natin 'yung supply [ng illegal drugs], sigurado 'yung demand bababa 'yan," he said. 

[Translation: "Illegal drugs in the Philippines are imported from other countries. Upon entry to the Philippines, addiction becomes main problem. If we can topple the illegal drug supply, demand will certainly decrease."]

'Help police in drug war'

Dela Rosa also appealed to those criticizing government's anti-drug campaign.

"I am pleading to please help us instead of criticizing us. Pareho naman tayong PIlipino, gusto nating magkaroon ng magandang komunidad na safe para sa lahat, so magtulungan tayo," Dela Rosa said.

[Translation: "We are all Filipinos, we all want to have a community that is safe for all, so let's help each other."]

Dela Rosa admitted that they do not have enough facilities, but said this doesn't stop them.

"So ano'ng gawin natin, hinto kami (So what can we do, do we stop)? It's impossible for us to stop. Kailangan gawin (We need to do it). Continue kami (We will continue), it doesn't stop us. Nobody can stop us," Dela Rosa added.

He said his trip to Colombia to observe its campaign against illegal drugs was productive and educational. But he added the PNP still has a long way to go in the war against drugs.

CNN Philippines Correspondent Gerg Cahiles contributed to this story.