AN OFFICIAL of the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo) on Monday, April 2, said the policeman caught allegedly taking part in a pot session during an anti-illegal drug operation over the weekend will likely be dismissed from the police service after testing positive for illegal drug use.
Police Officer 2 (PO2) Buenaventura Reyes Jr. tested positive for methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu based on the drug test conducted by the crime laboratory.
Reyes, a member of the Mobile Patrol Unit of Police Station 3 in Agora, was arrested along with two civilians in a buy bust operation in Barangay Carmen, this city last Saturday, March 31.
The anti-drug operatives yesterday pressed charges against Reyes in relation to the use of the prohibited drug.
Julius Narvasa and Ian Torres, who were the subjects of the operation, were likewise charged for selling and possession of illegal drugs.
However, the court may allow the arrested cop to post bail.
Cocpo spokesperson Superintendent Mardy Hortillosa II said once the criminal complaint has been filed in court, the administrative case against Reyes will automatically follow.
Hortillosa said Reyes, the son of retired Senior Inspector Buenaventura Reyes, may likely face grave misconduct for having been linked to illegal drug activities.
He said the Police Regional Office-Northern Mindanao (PRO-10) or the National Police Commission (Napolcom) may handle the administrative case.
But Hortillosa said Reyes will be accorded due process.
"Wala pay police nga nainvolve sa droga nga nakabalik sa serbisyo (So far all policemen involved in illegal drug activities were dismissed),"Hortillosa said.
Hortillosa reiterated his warning against policemen who never ceased to engage in unlawful activities.
He said a law enforcer must not gamble his profession for illegal drugs.
"Warning nato nga dlii nato i-gamble ang panerbisyo para sa droga kay dako baya ang sweldo sa police kay ang PO2 lang daan mo-net gud na og around P37,000 unya ibaylo lang sa droga (We urged our personnel not to gamble their profession for illegal drugs because the government has raised the salary where a PO2 rank receives a net of around P37,000),"Hortillosa said.