MANILA, Aug 22 (Mabuhay) — One hundred thirty out of nearly 100,000 police officers have tested positive for shabu, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Monday.
The PNP said a total of 99,598 police officers had undergone drug tests nationwide, including those with ranks of police major or chief inspector.
Chief Supt. Emmanuel Aranas, director of the PNP Crime Laboratory, did not name those who tested positive for illegal drug use.
However, he said these include a police officer in Meycauan, Bulacan, who was found dead while still in his uniform with a cardboard that said he is a “pusher.”
Some female police officers also tested positive for drugs, but the PNP has not said how many they are.
A notice has been sent to those who tested positive in the drug tests, the PNP said.
According to the PNP Crime Laboratory, the latest round of random drug tests in the PNP had the widest scope so far.
Aranas said the next steps will be up to PNP chief Dir. Gen. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, but noted that officers who tested positive in the drug test will automatically face administrative cases.
The drug tests were part of the intensified government campaign against illegal drugs.
President Rodrigo Duterte has promised to solve the country’s illegal drug problem in the first six months of his administration — a nationwide campaign that his critics blame for the spate of extrajudicial killings of drug suspects since he assumed office on June 30 .(MNS)