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PNP orders surprise drug test for cops

By Aaron Recuenco

The arrest of a female police commando in a pot session in Taguig has triggered a new wave of random and surprise drug test among the 190,000 uniformed personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

No less than Director General Oscar Albayalde has ordered the conduct of the regular random drug test after a member of the police’s elite Special Action Force, 38-year old Police Officer Lyn Tubig, tested positive for shabu use after she was caught in a pot session in Taguig City on June 2.

“We’ll have our regular random drug test… they know that we are dead serious with our internal cleansing, discipline and also professionalism in our ranks,” said Albayalde.

In MIMAROPA regional police, a total of 34 policemen selected for random and surprise drug test yielded negative based on the results released yesterday.

Chief Supt. Emmanuel Luis Licup, regional director of the MIMAROPA (Mindoro Oriental and Occidental, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan) regional police, said the 34 cops were randomly selected at the regional headquarters.

“There will be continuous drug testing for the remaining 4,786 policemen in our command, especially those assigned in the lower units,” said Licup.

Those who tested negative, according to Licup, is now free from administrative charges and from being dismissed from the police service.

“Those who will test positive will definitely be dismissed from the service. This is the stern warning of the PNP leadership at Camp Crame and we shall implement it here,” said Licup.

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