5 cops, 3 soldiers in Davao tested positive for drug use

FIVE policemen and three soldiers were tested positive for illegal drug use in a random drug testing conducted at the Police Regional Office (PRO)-Davao and Task Force Davao (TFD).

But during the AFP-PNP press conference at TFD Headquarters on Wednesday, both the PRO and TFD refused to name these police and military personnel “to respect the privacy of their respective families.”

PRO-Davao Director Manuel Gaerlan said the three policemen were tested positive in June while the other two were tested this month.

Gaerlan said the five policemen were now assigned at the Regional Personnel Holding and Accounting Unit (RPHAU) of the PRO-Davao in Catitipan, and are undergoing administrative proceedings for their possible dismissal from the service.

“Ongoing yung kanilang termination proceedings for failing to meet the criteria of the qualification that all Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel shall be drug free. The PNP is undergoing internal cleansing process,” Gaerlan said.

He added that 3,224 personnel of the PRO-Davao had undergone drug test in line with the internal cleansing process of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Authorities will continue to pursue reports on policemen and other personalities involved in drugs.

TFD commander Colonel Henry Robinson Jr. said the three regular members of the Task Force and the Philippine Army, who tested positive in a drug test last May and June have been discharged from the service.

“We have already conducted random drug tests twice and the result identified three regular members positive. They were investigated properly and immediately discharged from the service. Ganun kabilis ang parusa,” Robinson said.

He said the Army, under the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), has been taking a very strict policy when it comes to illegal activities, particularly on prohibited drug use. He added that the TFD now is 100 percent drug free. (ICT)
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