3 Caraga Police Officers Test Positive in Illegal Drug Use
Three police officers from the Caraga region were found using illegal drugs after they test positive during a random drug test.
From January 1 to June 21, 2023, the Police Regional Office (PRO)-13 (Caraga) administered random and required drug tests to 4,871 police commissioned and non-commissioned officers. PRO-13 Police Director Brig Gen Pablo G. Labra II, as well as some unit commanders, requested that the 13th Regional Forensic Unit (RFU) conduct surprise drug testing on all troops.
According to the 13th RFU, 566 police officers in Agusan del Norte, 874 in Agusan del Sur, 530 in Surigao del Norte, 363 in Surigao del Sur, 245 in Dinagat Islands, and 2,293 from regional headquarters and regional support units were drug tested. Three police officers were reportedly found positive for illegal drug use in this city.
According to the article, three police officers in this province are facing dismissal after testing positive in drug tests. So yet, no names have been released for the three police officers who tested positive for illegal narcotics.
According to the Philippine National Police Memorandum Circular 2021-019, any uniformed personnel who test positive for drugs after a confirmatory test will be charged administratively for Unbecoming Conduct of a Police Officer in accordance with the National Police Commission Memorandum Circular No. 2016-002, without prejudice to the filing of appropriate criminal charges under Republic Act No. 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Law of 2002.
“We vow to implement the PNP Disciplinary Machinery to make sure that our personnel have the integrity in enforcing the law. The PRO 13 leadership ensured that those who tested positive for illegal drug use shall be dismissed from the service,” Pa Labra said.
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