MANILA (Mabuhay) – A total of 116 out of the 75,848 police personnel who underwent random drug test have tested positive for shabu use, a Philippine National Police official said Thursday.
At a press briefing, Senior Supt. Fausto Manzanilla Jr., executive officer of the Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management, said the police officers found positive will be undergoing pre-charge evaluation and investigation.
“They will be recommended to face summary hearing procedures,” Manzanilla told reporters.
The summary hearing procedure to be conducted by the Internal Affairs Service will allow the complainant and the respondent police officer to present their arguments and evidence. The IAS will then hand its decision based on the arguments and counter-arguments and evidence presented.
He, however, said that those who tested positive were only 0.15 percent of the total number of personnel who were tested from different units and offices from July 1 to August 10.
He did not identify those who tested positive nor from what unit or region they come from.
Meanwhile, Manzanilla said they have yet to get the result of the drug and confirmatory tests conducted on the 35 police officers who surrendered to PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa.
The police officers turned themselves in after they were tagged by President Rodrigo Duterte as being involved in the illegal drug trade.
“Parang hindi pa kasama dyan sa 116 yung mga nag-surrender kasi noong Lunes lang yun,” he said.
Among those who surrendered were:
one chief superintendent,
three senior superintendents,
three chief inspectors,
three senior inspectors,
one Senior Police Officer 4,
two PO2s, and
He said three of the retired police officers named by Duterte surrendered to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group. (MNS)