Wrong interpretation anyway: Bato okay with Apple’s removal of ‘Tokhang’ app games

  • PNP chief said he didn’t mind Apple removing ‘Tokhang’-inspired app games
  • He said the apps misinterpreted the intent of the PNP operation anyway
  • He explained ‘Tokhang’ not about gunbattles, but about asking druggies to reform themselves

MANILA, Philippines – As far as Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa is concerned, the police won’t be losing anything over Apple’s removal of mobile games inspired by Oplan Tokhang.

On the contrary, Dela Rosa said he’s happy since the games wrongly interpreted what Tokhang was about.

“Mali naman ang interpretation. Hindi naman barilan ‘yung tokhang,” the Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted him as saying.

[They made the wrong interpretation. Tokhang is not about gunbattles.]

The PNP chief explained that their operation is meant primarily to ask drug suspects and suspected drug users to reform themelves.

“Tokhang means to knock and plead. Makikiusap lang para ka magbagong buhay,” he said.

[Tokhang means to knock and plead. We’re just pleading with them to change their lives.]

Among the titles dropped by Apple were “Duterte Knows Kung Fu: Pinoy Crime Fighter,” “Duterte Running Man Challenge Game,” “Fighting Crime 2,” and “Tsip Bato: Ang Bumangga Giba!”

Apple removed the games from its online store after an Asian help group for drug users lodged a complaint with the tech giant.

The games show President Rodrigo Duterte and Dela Rosa fighting and gunning down criminals.

The PNP’s Oplan Double Barrel which lays down the rules for Tokhang and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)’s “Masa Masid” or community dropbox project are being challenged by kin of those killed in the government’s anti-drug operations before the Supreme Court.

Dela Rosa has denied ordering his men to kill druggies.