Senior officers of the Philippine National Police (PNP) were literally surprised as the new chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa suddenly ordered them to undergo drug testing while in a conference on Friday evening.

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In an interview with the media during the conference, Dela Rosa said the drug test came as a surprise for the officers. While the meeting was ongoing, Dela Rosa called Crime Laboratory personnel and asked them to set up a drug testing equipment inside the conference room. No one was exempted from the top-level officials who attended the command conference at Camp Crame held a few hours after he took oath as the PNP chief.

The newly installed police chief said the test was to ensure that all senior officials holding key positions in the PNP are capable of being a role model to their subordinates. Dela Rosa met with the officials he tapped to replace the police generals he relieved to “cleanse the ranks” of the PNP, one of the most corrupt agencies in the country. At least 14 of the 44 newly assigned officials are his “mistahs” from the Philippine Military Academy’s “Sinagtala” Class of 1986.

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