THE chief of police of the Mandaluyong City Police Office was relieved from post after testing positive for illegal drug use.
In a telephone interview with reporters, Eastern Police District Director Brigadier General Wilson Asueta said that Colonel Cesar Gerente yielded a positive result during the recent random drug test conducted on the ranking officials of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO).
Asueta said Gerente was disarmed and transferred to the Regional Personnel Holding and Accounting Unit in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City.
He said Gerente was given a chance to challenge the initial result of the drug test through a confirmatory examination, which will be conducted at the Forensic Laboratory in Camp Crame.
“May instances din naman na nagne-negative sa confirmatory drug test,” Asueta said.
Gerente will be facing administrative charges for conduct unbecoming of a police officer, which is punishable by dismissal from the service.
Gerente was replaced by Colonel Mary Grace Madayag.
NCRPO Spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Eunice Salas said they conducted random drug tests among their personnel on August 22, 24, 28 and 29.
Of the 950 police personnel who took the test, three yielded positive results.
Salas said the three were given 15 days to challenge the result.
Earlier, NCRPO Director Brigadier General Jose Melencio Nartatez said random drug testing seeks to weed out drug-using police officers within their ranks.
“I will not tolerate scalawags in NCRPO, especially those who are involved in illegal drug activities, sinisiguro kong may kalalagyan kayo (you will be at your right place). Patuloy ang NCRPO sa paglilinis sa aming hanay para sa tapat at marangal na serbisyong publiko (NCRPO continues to clean up our ranks for honest and honorable public service),” he said in a statement. (SunStar Philippines)