For a faster, anonymous, and more effective way of the public giving information to the authorities regarding the campaign against illegal drugs, the ‘Oplan Tokhang Drop Box’ by the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) will be provided to 142 barangays of the City.
The bright blue fiberglass 12-cubic-inch receptacle boxes formally called the “Oplan Tokhang Suggestions and Complaints Drop Box” are now being distributed starting this week.
It shows the various logos of officialdom: the city government, the QCPD, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, the Dangerous Drugs Board, and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG.)
Chief Supt. Guillermo Eleazar, the district director, said the boxes are there to encourage not just tips on criminals but also complaints against corrupt cops.
Last week, we already featured a story about a drop-box for drug cases and other complaints which the Commission on Human Rights greatly disapproves. But due to the effectiveness of the trial boxes, the QCPD is now deploying the formalized version to each of their barangays.
Eleazar assured detractors that all information obtained through the boxes would still be validated. This is backed up by a statement of Catalino Cuy, acting DILG Secretary: “a person whose name is dropped into the box goes through verification before being subjected to further investigation, interrogation or arrest.”
Aside from drug-related cases, personalities involved in corruption and other crimes may also be put into the drop box.