AT least 116 personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP) face dismissal after confirmatory tests showed that they were using illegal drugs.
Senior Supt. Fausto Manzanilla Jr., Executive Officer of the PNP Directorate for Investigative and Detective Management, said summary dismissal proceedings against these personnel are underway. He added that the cases are being investigated and evaluated before the start of summary hearings against these personnel.
Last month, 75,694 police personnel from various offices and units underwent drug testing as part of the campaign of the police force to rid its ranks of drug users.
Of the 75, 964 tested, 116 personnel were found positive of drugs during the confirmatory tests.
Manzanilla said the 35 police officers who were on the drug list of President Rodrigo Duterte and who surrendered last Monday to PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa were also tested for drugs. The policemen are being investigated by the PNP’s Internal Affairs Service.
“If they are found culpable, the result of [the]investigation will be used in the filing of either administrative or criminal cases against them,” Manzanilla said in a news briefing on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the Department of Justice also on Thursday approved the indictment of four so-called “ninja policemen” for their failure to account for two suitcases containing more than 50 kilograms of shabu seized during a buy-bust in Pampanga three years ago.
Prosecutors found probable cause to file drug charges against Chief Inspector Bienvenido Reydado, Senior Inspector Romel dela Vega, Senior Police Officer 1 Rommel Raquipiso, Police Chief Inspector Arnulfo Ibañez and eight John Does.
They were found liable for misappropriation, misapplication and failure to account for confiscated and seized dangerous drugs.
The policemen were part of an anti-drug operating group but resold a big portion of the drugs that they had confiscated.
The case arose from a complaint filed by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit through Senior Supt. Albert Ignatius Ferro.
Reydado, the head of Pampanga’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Team, and the other respondents failed to account for more than 50 kilograms of shabu confiscated on August 28, 2013, including a Hyundai Starex and Toyota Camry seized in the same operation.
Two witnesses, also police officers, said they were instructed by the respondent policemen not to document the operation and not to process the arrested Chinese.
The two Chinese—Yang Fang Ping and Tony Sy Chan—were released.