Valenzuela City Mayor Rexlon Gatchalian has sacked 59 employees who tested positive for illegal drug use.
Gatchalian ordered all city government employees to undergo a drug test, including the vice mayor and councilors in line with the intensified campaign of the Duterte Administration against the use of illegal drugs.
The mayor said 59 employees failed the drug test. He however refused to identify them.
“We will terminate all of them. In fact, we are already in the process of doing so,” Gatchalian said.
He said the 59 employees will be encouraged to undergo a drug rehabilitation program sponsored by the city government.