Eastmincom personnel free of drug-use

NOT one among the 463 members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) assigned at Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) in Davao City was tested positive of illegal drug use based on a random drug-test conducted Monday.

The Armed Forces' Anti-Drug Task Force Moses conducted the mandatory drug testing among officers, enlisted personnel, and civilian employees of units at the Naval Station Felix Apolinario in Panacan on June 6, Monday.

The drug test took place immediately after the flag raising ceremony at the camp.

In Wednesday's AFP-PNP press conference at the Royal Mandaya Hotel, Lieutenant Colonel Ronaldo Valdez of the 10th Infantry Division attested that the army is clear of any illegal drug involvement.

His statement followed after the recent apprehension of two policemen in Davao Oriental who tested positive after a random drug test conducted last June 4.

"Kami naman sa army, every three years merong drug-test kaya we are sure that the organization is free of any men who uses such," Valdez said.

The drug-testing is regularly conducted unannounced since 2011 to foster the moral of the army units and military.

EastMinCom Chief Information Officer Major Ezra Balagtey explained that the activity is "an effort of maintaining highly disciplined personnel and in consonance with the objective of the AFP Transformation Roadmap of having a highly professional and disciplined force."

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