NCR police hopefuls train in using ‘yantok’

Some 316 police hopefuls in Metro Manila have undergone training in using “yantok” or rattan sticks to subdue resisting criminals.

“This is in preparation for their field work as soon as they graduate. This initiative aims to serve as their initial defense prior to the issuance of firearms,” said Brig. Gen. Vicente Danao Jr., National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO chief.

The training was held Wednesday at the National Police Training Institute’s (NPTI) National Capital Region Training Center (NCRTC) in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City.

The NCRPO usually oversees the NCRTC since the latter is located inside its camp.

Earlier this week, National Police chief Gen. Debold Sinas said lawmen will be using rattan sticks to show people how far they should stay from one another, in line with health protocols against COVID-19.

Sinas explained that lawmen will not use yantok to wantonly harm violators of health protocols, but warned that those who put up violent resistance will be “subdued” with the sticks.

The police-led Joint Task Force-COVID Shield later assured that lawmen caught abusing the use of rattan sticks will face punishment.

Danao said he and NPTI director Brig. Gen. Alex Sintin share the PNP leadership’s vision of enhancing lawmen’s capability to subdue resisting criminals with non-lethal weapons.

“Ang pagsasanay sa yantok/baton ay napapanahon sa pagpapatupad ng batas at pagliligtas sa ating mga kababayan laban sa COVID-19,” Danao added.

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