Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa on Monday expressed alarm over the number of policemen who tested positive for drugs.
Nine out of 2,405 policemen subjected to a surprise drug test last Friday have been found positive for drug use, Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa said on Monday morning.

Dela Rosa said all nine lawmen were from outside Metro Manila but declined to name them pending a confirmatory drug test.

“The test yielded negative results on 2,396 urine specific[s] submitted for analysis. Nine samples yielded positive results,” the PNP chief said.

“These specimens will be subjected to further confirmatory test,” he added in a prepared statement during a media briefing at the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame in Quezon City.
Once confirmed, cases would be filed against the policemen, said the tough-talking police chief.

‘May isang confirmatory test pa na gagawin in the precincts. If they’re going to contest the findings nung first, then after that, ipi-pre-charge na sila. Pre-charge investigation, then ultimately, madi-dismiss ‘yan. We will dismiss them from the service,” he said.

On Friday, when Dela Rosa assumed office, he ordered a surprise drug test for 2,405 PNP personnel from the national headquarters, regional police offices and police districts.

First to undergo the tests were 75 ranking officials who attended Dela Rosa’s first command conference at Camp Crame.

He said none of the officials tested positive.

Source: Inquirer

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