MANILA, Philippines – Just a day after he was named as the new Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) officer-in-charge, Chief Superintendent Allan Iral ordered a surprise drug test of his command group and officials on Thursday, March 28.
BJMP regional directors and division chiefs were only advised that they would have a management conference for Iral's first day, but they were surprised to be told that they would undergo a drug test.
One by one, the officials underwent a urine drug test facilitated by the BJMP Health Service, which is accredited by the Department of Health. Standing in front of the line was Iral himself.
He was only keeping true to his word the day before. When he was named BJMP chief by Interior Secretary Eduardo Año, he said: "The order of the day is to ensure that all BJMP offices and jail units are drug- and corruption-free."
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"Dapat lahat kami magpapa-drug test para magkaron kami ng moral ascendancy sa mga tao namin sa baba na sumusunod sa ginagawa namin na suportahan ang programa ng pangulo para mailins ang mga hanay namin," Iral said in a press briefing after his testing.
(We should all undergo a drug test so that we have the moral ascendancy over our personnel below to follow what we did, and to support the program of the President to clean our ranks.)
Iral was a former Davao City and Davao Region jail chief, working with President Rodrigo Duterte back when the latter was a mayor. Before assuming the top post, Iral was the BJMP's No. 2 man—its deputy chief for administration.
Iral said the drug test is "not new" for them. They conduct regular drug testing for all personnel, which has led to the dismissal of many of their corrupt and drug-linked jail officers.
The new OIC said more surprise drug tests will follow in the regional and provincial jails, which will then be followed by city and municipal jails. – Rappler.com