Cops undergo surprise drug tests

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Pampanga police director Senior Superintendent Marlon Valdez Madrid ordered on Tuesday a surprise drug tests on at least 126 cops, including police chiefs of 19 towns and two cities under his command.

Madrid said personnel of the Pampanga Police Office (PPO) headquarters here and agents of the anti-drug and intelligence units of the towns and cities were also included among those tested by the Regional police crime laboratory.

"We must clean our house first so that we can seriously fight illegal drugs in our society," said Madrid, who also subjected himself to the test.

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"The testing is also in line with the aggressive efforts of the Pampanga provincial government to eradicate the drug menace," he added.

Madrid said there will be "more surprise drug tests until we reach the last member of the PPO." There are nearly 1,100 cops assigned in Pampanga.

Chief Inspector Elvira Abalos-Bautista, who headed the team that conducted the drug tests at the PPO, said the results will be known late Wednesday afternoon. She added that tests were done for free.

"We are not being charged for the tests and this will make us conduct drug tests more regularly," said Madrid.

Governor Lilia Pineda said, "No one should be spared from the tests and whoever is using drugs must suffer the consequences."

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on July 24, 2014.

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