PNP unleashes mascot, comic book and puppets in its war against drugs

• The PNP has new “weapons” against the illegal drug menace
• They are a mascot, a comic book and puppets
• The child-friendly tools will be used in the anti-illegal drug information and education campaign of the PNP

The Philippine National Police (PNP) unveiled its new “weapons” against illegal drugs during the 24th founding anniversary of the PNP’s Police Community Relations Group (PCRG) on August 1.

The new “weapons”, which are deemed child-friendly, that will be used in the anti-illegal drug information and education campaign of the PNP include a mascot named “PO1 Bato”, a comic book titled “Itaga mo sa Bato” and puppets that were made to look like PNP Chief Director General Ronald De la Rosa and President Rodrigo Duterte.

PCRG Chief Senior Supt. Gilbert Cruz said they will conduct an anti-illegal drug roadshow in schools and barangays nationwide in a bid to bring the police closer to the people. The roadshow would feature a puppet show, a visit from PNP mascot “PO1 Bato” and distribution of pamphlets and comic books.

According to Philstar, “PO1 Bato” was designed to make children love and not fear the police.

During its first public appearance, the mascot rendered a dance number to the delight of police officers and their special guest Presidential Communications Office Secretary Martin Andanar.

A five-minute puppet show was also presented featuring puppets that resembled President Duterte, the PNP Chief, a drug pusher and a drug user. The show was titled “Tatay Digong and Da Adiks.” The characters were shown discussing the bad effects of illegal drugs.

The “Itaga mo sa Bato” comic book, which was penned by the PCRG Chief himself, is about the life of an orphan who became a drug pusher, but realized later the ill effects of his illegal activities and became a law abiding citizen.