- All 117 employees of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) tested negative on their surprise drug test
- Different units of the immigration including the new commissioner, Jaime Morente, took the drug test
- Morente expresses his relentlessness in eradicating employees who are involved in drug trade and unlawful activites
117 employees of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) tested negative on the surprise drug test they underwent last Thursday.
Police Senior Inspector Aileen Yagono of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Crime laboratory did not find any trace of drug on over 100 Immigration personnel led by the new commissioner Jaime Morente.
The fugitive search unit, head of offices and intelligence personnel were included and willingly participated in the urine drug test.
Morente proudly stated the immigration’s moral ascendancy against illegal drugs. He also pointed out that this was just the start of a series of mandatory drug tests that he will be supervising in order to make the Bureau of Immigration a drug free agency.
The commissioner was quick to add that he started with the intelligence personnel of the bureau to assure the public that the people on the immigration’s front line are efficient in their jobs.
For him, BI personnel who are engaged not only in drug trade but other unlawful activities will end up shedding bad light in the bureau and in worst cases, the country. This is why he gave the additional task to the Intelligence division so they could monitor and build cases against those who set bad examples in their office.
Morente fully supports President Rodrigo Duterte’s initiative to eliminate corruption and other government transactions which are done in haste and leads to corruption.
Less than one hundred days in office of the newly elected president, several government units have also done surprise drug tests on their personnel. One was the Philippine National Police (PNP) led by PNP Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa wherein 9 tested positive. Just recently, 13 army soldiers also tested positive in the drug test conducted on the Philippine Army on Fort Bonifactio. Just like in BI, no employees were exempted. -HB, Kami Media