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PRO-7 to start random drug tests among police personnel next week

Cebu City (February 25) -- Starting next week, the Police Regional Office (PRO-7) will conduct inspections for its random drug testing among police personnel in line with the mandate of PNP Chief Jesus Versoza to move the Philippine National Police (PNP) forward towards a genuine transformation by eliminating "bad apples" in the service.

PRO-7 Officer-in-Charge C/Supt. Federico Terte in this morning's 'Talakayan sa Isyung Pulis' (TSIP) Forum bared they have been ordered to intensify the campaign against illegal drugs adhering to President Arroyo's call to the PN P for a "fiercer war" against illegal drugs.

In strengthening the campaign against illegal drugs, Terte said he has ordered his men to coordinate with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA-7) in the region in cases of operations against drug peddlers or big-time pushers as the PDEA is at the forefront against illegal drug enforcement.

Cebu City Police Director S/Supt. Patrocinio Commendador said since 2007 they have conducted random drug testing among city police personnel. Two years ago, only one tested positive for the use of illegal drugs out of the 50 randomly chosen personnel to undergo drug testing and another two policemen yielded positive in last year's drug test.

The case of the three police personnel found positive with using illegal drugs have been endorsed to the regional headquarters for further investigation, Commendador stated.

Cebu Provincial Police Office Director Carmelo Valmoria said one of his men was likewise found positive with using illegal drugs last year during the conduct of random drug testing.

Valmoria said they recently conducted the Four Ps Seminar or the 'Police Pare Presinto Parokya' in line with the continuing moral transformation program instilling values and discouraging involvement of illegal activities including drug peddling.

Mandaue City Police Director Orlando Ualat said as far as he knows only one policeman has been positive of using illegal drugs which was in 2004.

Lapulapu City Police Director Mariano Natuel disclosed since the start of the year, his men have apprehended 25 drugs pushers and users alike.

All the police commanders acknowledged the support of the local government units in the relentless fight against illegal drugs but that the long-term objective of ensuring a drug-free area can only be done if there is a wholehearted support from the community which includes the prosecutors, judges, non-government organization, media and other sectors in society.

In the same forum, Terte ordered the Regional Investigation and Detective Management represented by deputy chief Audi Villacin to speed up the cases against the policemen found positive of using drugs in accordance with the order of Versoza for a speedy resolution of pending administrative drug cases against PNP personnel found guilty of using illegal drugs. (PIA-Cebu/FCR) [top]

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