THE military’s Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) disclosed that two soldiers and a civilian employee were found positive for use of illegal drugs in a mandatory drug test the command initiated.
Lieutenant General Mayoralgo Dela Cruz, Wesmincom chief, said the drug test was conducted Thursday by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) through the Task Force Moses at the gymnasium of Camp Basilio Navarro that house in the Wesmincom headquarters.
Dela Cruz said a total of 373 military officers, enlisted personnel and civilian employees assigned at Wesmincom headquarters have undergone drug test.
The two soldiers and one civilian personnel found positive for illegal drug use will undergo a confirmatory test at a testing center duly accredited by the Department of Health (DOH).
“Those found guilty will be discharged from the service without ifs and buts,” he said.
The conduct of the drug test was in support to the anti-drug campaign of President Rodrigo Duterte.
The President reiterated in his first State of the Nation Address that the campaign against illegal drugs will be relentless.
Dela Cruz pointed out “soldiers who are drug addicts and users have no place in the AFP.”
“Our organization must be clean from drug abuse so that our soldiers can carry out their tasks effectively. With drug abuse, soldiers will lose focus and in the end, will be tempted to do illegal activities that will compromise operations and the safety of his fellow soldiers,” he said.