PAMPANGA, Philippines – They thought they were just attending a command conference at the Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3) in Camp Olivas here, but 226 police officers were subjected to a surprise but mandatory drug test recently.
A police officer assigned at the regional director’s office tested positive for illegal drugs use, Chief Superintendent Aaron Aquino, PRO3 regional director, said on Wednesday, July 6.
Aquino told Rappler in a text message that the police officer, whose name and rank he did not mention, “will be charged administratively and eventually dismissed from service.”
Superintendent Fe Grenas, PRO3 information officer, said the policemen – whose ranks range from senior inspectors to chief superintendents – were summoned to attend a command conference on Monday, and did not know about the drug test.
The 226 police officials included regional, provincial, city, and town chiefs and officers-in-charge.
Aquino said the drug test was to complement the effort of PNP chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa to weed out the police force of those involved in illegal drugs.
Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa took a drug test on Friday, July 1, mere hours after he was officially installed as the country’s top cop.
“S'yempre, to be transparent to show everyone na ako mismo ay drug-free. Para lahat sila walang rason ang pulis sa baba na hindi magpa-drug test. Ako nga, nagpa-drug test; sila, hindi?” said Dela Rosa, after taking the test.
(Of course, to be transparent and to show everyone that I’m drug-free myself. So the police on the ground don’t give reasons not to take a drug test. I’m taking a drug test. Why won’t they?)