- 9 PNP police personnel were tested positive in a nationwide drug test
- The 9 PNP personnel will be charged and will undergo trial once the results are validated
- New PNP Chief Director General Roland dela Rosa also underwent the test for 'transparency'
Not less than nine police personnel were tested positive in a series of drug tests conducted nationwide, said Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Roland dela Rosa.
The newly installed PNP chief said in a press conference which was held after his first flag ceremony in the position, out of 2,405 police personnel who underwent illegal drug testing around the country, nine were tested positive.
The PNP top officials, who were also tested and resulted negative, held a surprise drug testing in Camp Crame last Friday. Dela Rosa did not mention the ranks of those who were tested positive, but he said that the samples will undergo confirmatory testing and those personnel will be charged and will undergo trial once the results are confirmed.
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Dela Rosa also underwent drug testing on Friday, after he was officially assigned as the chief of the 160,000 PNP personnel. He said that he wanted to take the test to show ‘transparency’.
“S'yempre, to be transparent to show everyone na ako mismo ay drug-free. Para lahat sila walang rason ang pulis sa baba na hindi magpa-drug test. Ako nga, nagpa-drug test; sila, hindi?” (Of course, to be transparent to show everyone that I, myself, am drug-free. I’m doing this so that the police on the ground will not have any reason for not taking the drug test. I took the drug test, so why wouldn’t they?), dela Rosa stated.
Dela Rosa was promoted from a one-star to a four-star general when he was assigned by the new president Rodrigo Duterte in the position. He then joined a command conference together with the top PNP officials.
Stopping the spread of illegal drugs is one of the key missions of the PNP under Duterte’s administration, given that the president has promised the suppression of crime and illegal drugs in a span of three to six months during his electoral campaign. - AA, Kami Media