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Gov't mission: Eradicate illegal drugs

by Jemin B. Guillermo

Roxas City (5 February) -- The government is serious in beating the war against illegal drugs, says Interior and Local Government Secretary Ronaldo Puno.

Being serious about the mission of eradicating illegal drugs, the government will be conducting a nationwide random drug tests on uniformed men.

Puno said that since the Philippine National Police (PNP) is the forefront of the government's mission to curb the scourge of illegal drugs, they should be the first to be cleansed.

He stressed that uniformed personnel of the PNP, including those in the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), will be summarily dismissed from government service if found to be using illegal drugs.

In the DILG online news, Puno called on the officers and men of the PNP to be examples in the illegal drugs crusade.

He said that "before we can teach others to be drug free, we must ourselves first be drug free."

Puno also said that the one-strike policy will be applied against police officers who fail to wipe out illegal drugs in their respective areas of jurisdiction.

He stressed that the one-strike policy on illegal drugs will remain "a black mark, a stain that will be very, very difficult to remove" on the part of erring police officers.

Puno likewise warned local chief executives that they could face administrative and criminal charges should they be found negligent or remiss in their duties in the all-out campaign against illegal drugs in their respective communities.

He reminded them of their duty under the law to allocate a substantial portion of their annual budgets to help win the war against illegal drugs..

In a memorandum circular, Puno has called on the provincial governors down to the punong barangays for the functionality of their respective anti-drug abuse councils (ADACS). (PIA) [top]

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