130 policemen confirmed using illegal drugs

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MORE than 100 out of the 99,598 personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP) were confirmed to have tested positive for illegal drug use, particularly of “shabu,” a senior police official disclosed on Monday.

The director of the PNP Crime Laboratory, Chief Supt. Emmanuel Aranas, said in a news briefing in Camp Crame on Monday that police units in all regional police offices have at least one member using illegal drugs.
Aranas said that based on the latest records of the Crime Laboratory, 130 PNP members were found to have been using “shabu” after undergoing confirmatory tests in their local units.

The highest-ranking among of them was a chief inspector, the equivalent of a major in the military. There were also female police personnel among those confirmed positive for drug use.

“The policy requires us that we report it to the PNP chief Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ de la Rosa and only the PNP chief can make a decision on how to announce this in public,” Aranas said in the press briefing.


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