195 cops test positive for 'shabu' use

(UPDATED) Almost 200 members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) have tested positive for drug use, particularly "shabu" (methamphetamine hydrochloride), police official said Tuesday.

Superintendent Irene Rigunan of the PNP Crime Laboratory said 188 uniformed and seven civilian employees have tested positive for drug use during random testing conducted between January 2016 and January 2017.

"Pinakamataas [na nag-positive] is from region 4A (Calabarzon) at susunod sa NCRPO (National Capital Region Police Office). Ang pinaka-ranking po is chief inspector at lowest ay PO1 (Police Officer 1). Mas marami ang PNCO (Police non-commissioned officer) kesa ‘yung officials," Rigunan said.

The cops who tested positive for drug use are assigned in the following areas: NCR (29), Calabarzon (21), Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (19), Central Visayas (18), Central Luzon (17), Caraga (12), Zamboanga Peninsula and Negros Island Region (10), national headquarters (9), Davao Region (8); Western Visayas, Northern Mindanao and Soccsksargen (7); Cagayan Valley (6), Bicol Region (5), Eastern Visayas and Mimaropa (4), and Ilocos Region (2).

Rigunan said there were also personnel who tested false positive during the initial drugs testing.

“Itong 195, na trim down na ito kasi there were police personnel who tested positive during the initial testing pero nag-negative na doon sa confirmatory test. Minsan kasi may mga medicines sila na iniinom nila na nagrereact sa drug test kaya kailangan talaga ng confirmatory test at tinatanong din naman sila doon sa form na finifill-upan nila kung may mga medication silang tine-take,” she said.

The result of the drug tests were forwarded to the PNP-Internal Affairs Service (IAS) for the proper disposition of the police personnel, added Rigunan.

In November 2016, PNP chief Ronald Dela Rosa ordered the dismissal of 174 police officers after they tested positive for illegal drugs use.

Dela Rosa said he wanted the dismissal of the erring policemen to go through proper process before the IAS to refrain them from being reinstated in the police service over technicalities. (SunStar Philippines)
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