- Out of 99,598 police officers who were drug tested, PNP reported that only 130 officers tested positive for drug use
- The reports of the PNP Crime Laboratory noted that these officers are positive on drugs, particularly shabu, and will face administrative cases
- The random drug testing of PNP officers is part of Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs
The Philippine National Police released the results last Monday of the drug testing of 99,598 police officers in which only 130 cops tested positive for drug use, particularly shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride).
Based on the records from the PNP’s Crime Laboratory, those who tested positive were found to have been using the illegal drug after undergoing confirmatory tests in their local units. However, Chief Supt. Emmanuel Arenas, director of the Crime Laboratory, refused to name the 130 officers.
Moreover, the Chief Supt. stated that all police units in all regions in the country have at least one police officer who uses illegal drugs. One of those who tested positive is a Chief Inspector while some were female police officers.
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“After ma-confirm, the policy requires us that we report it to the PNP chief and only the PNP chief can make a decision on how to announce this in public. We can only disclose the numbers. Si PNP chief na mag-uutos anong gagawin sa mga nagpositive (PNP chief will order what to do with those who tested positive),” said Arenas.
The test results from the Crime Laboratory also showed that Police Officer 3 Michael Lee Manalad of the Malolos City Police Station, who was tortured and killed in Meycauayan, tested positive for drugs.
The next steps that will be taken by the PNP will be determined by PNP Chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa. Meanwhile, Arenas pointed out that those who tested positive will face administrative cases.
The PNP will conduct another round of tests once it accomplishes the random drug testing on all its 160,000 police officers.
“Halimbawa kumpleto 100 percent na, hindi ito matatapos. We don’t believe na kapag negative ngayon, negative na talaga (For example, if it’s 100% complete, it’s not yet the end. We don’t believe that if they tested negative today, it’s indeed negative),” Arenas added.
The random drug testing conducted by the PNP is part of the strong government campaign of the administration agains the illegal drug trade in the Philippines. – Kami Media