4 Army personnel face dismissal for drugs

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FOUR Philippine Army personnel who tested positive for drug use face dismissal, an Army official said Wednesday.

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Col. Benjamin Hao, Army spokesman, said the identities of the four soldiers will be released to the public after they have been “processed” and discharged.

Hao said the nine Army personnel who tested positive in an initial drug test have been cleared after it was determined that they were taking medicines for various ailments.

“The national reference laboratory of Quezon City issued a negative confirmatory result on the nine while the four were found positive [for drug use],” said Hao.

The four personnel have been isolated in the Army post units and while dismissal proceedings are being conducted. Intelligence teams are investigating their possible connection to illegal drug activities.

Hao said that while a positive confirmatory test is enough evidence for the Army to discharge its personnel, “due process is given to all our personnel based on existing laws and regulations about illegal drugs.”

At least 2,500 Army personnel were tested for drugs on July 5.

Hao reminded soldiers to keep in mind the warning issued by Lt. Gen. Eduardo Año, the Army commander.

“The commanding general had said that we will get rid of all drug users in the organization. They have no place in our organization, we will continue our efforts. This is our priority program. Those were the statements issued by the commanding general,” Hao said.

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