EIGHTY-NINE top-level officers of the Philippine National Police (PNP), including its chief, General Benjamin Acorda Jr., have tested negative for illegal drugs following an unannounced on-the-spot drug test conducted at the National Headquarters in Camp Crame.

The surprise drug test was conducted on Friday, September 15, 2023, as part of the command conference and upon the orders of Acorda.

In a statement on Sunday, September 17, Acorda emphasized the significance of this drug testing as it not only determines the fitness of PNP commanders but also demonstrates the PNP’s commitment to integrity enhancement and cleansing of its ranks, particularly those in command positions.

To ensure accuracy and fairness, the drug tests were conducted meticulously and professionally by the Forensic Group. All submitted urine specimens yielded negative results.

“This surprise drug test underscores the PNP's unwavering commitment to maintaining the highest standards of professionalism and ethical conduct among its members. It also serves as a clear message that the organization is resolute in its efforts to combat illegal drugs and ensure the integrity of its leadership,” said Acorda.

From January 1 to August 31, 25 police officers, including former Mandaluyong police chief Colonel Cesar Gerente, tested positive in confirmatory drug tests conducted on more than 115,000 police personnel.

In the same period, eight police personnel across the country have been dismissed from the service after testing positive for illegal drug use. (SunStar Philippines)