The Philippine National Police will soon take its campaign against illegal drugs to the high-end clubs and bars in Taguig and Makati, PNP chief Director General Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa said on Thursday.
Dela Rosa said the PNP would first talk with the owners to get their cooperation in the government's crackdown against illegal substances.
“If I’ll be able to get their support and cooperation then mas maganda para hindi na hahantong sa kahiyaan, magkakasuhan, magkaparoblema,” Dela Rosa said.
“Kung magko-cooperate sila then why not? Pero kung hindi sila magko-cooperate, then we will be forced to do our job our own way. Our own way, not their way,” he added.
Dela Rosa said the talks will aim to eliminate distribution and use of illegal drugs in bars.
“Mag-iinitiate muna ako ng talks para peaceful tayo. Sa mga club owners sa Makati, sa BGC sa Taguig, yung mga high-end bars diyan na alam natin maraming nagte-take d’yan ng mga party drugs,” Dela Rosa told reporters in General Santos City.
“Kausapin ko muna sila kung ano ang maitutulong nila sa kampanya ng gobyerno, sa ating war on drugs,” he added.
He said this is to avoid raids that could turn violent if the owners will get in the way.
Dela Rosa said he was open to discuss any compromise with the bar owners as long as they would cooperate with the anti-illegal drugs campaign.
“Kung magkaroon ng compromise na magcooperate sila, then maganda yun,” he said.
The campaign against illegal drugs was first felt in the residential communities with the PNP's Oplan Tokhang. Cops knock on doors of the homes of drug suspects to convince them to stop their illegal drug activities and surrender to the police. —NB, GMA News