About 138 members of Dasmariñas City Police in the province of Cavite were subjected to a surprise drug testing on Monday.
Chief Supt. Valfrie Tabian, director of the Police Regional Office of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon (PRO Calabarzon), ordered the drug test on all city policemen including the chief of police and heads of support units during his official visit to the provincial command.
The test, which was conducted by an independent private drug testing center, was led by the City Chief of Police, Supt. Joseph Arguelles,.
The unannounced check is part of Tabian’s policy to subject the 12,000-strong members of PRO Calabarzon to random drug testing to ensure that no member of the regional police under his jurisdiction is using illegal drugs.
More than 100 police officers from PRO Calabarzon last week were also subjected to a surprise drug test during the first command conference called by Tabian.
All officers – five provincial directors, chiefs of police and heads of various regional support units – passed the drug test, according to Tabian who also submitted himself for testing.
Meanwhile, Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel in Northern Mindanao will undergo the mandatory drug test as soon as incoming Pres. Rodrigo Duterte assumes office on July 1, according to the regional commander, Chief Supt. Lyndel Desquitado.
In a statement, Desquitado said they support Duterte’s interest to weed out rogues in uniform, uphold the integrity of the organization and ensure the public’s trust, with the conduct of drug tests among members of the PNP.
“The President-in-waiting has recently asserted his strong interest to implement a major revamp in the organization which includes weeding out personnel involved in illegal drugs,” Desquitado said.
He added that those found positive for illegal drug use or with involvement in drug syndicates shall be sanctioned accordingly or worse, dismissal from police service.
“The PNP ensures unwavering and steadfast performance of its mandate and duties in serving and protecting the people and in maintaining the peace and security of the country,” part of Desquitado’s statement reads.