- Two Davao Oriental police officers tested positive for drugs use
- The pair will be subjected to termination proceedings
- They will face charges of violation of R.A. 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002
Two police officers in Mati City, Davao Oriental were arrested for testing positive for shabu use after a surprise drug test was conducted over the weekend.
Senior Police Officer 4 Nollo Barsaman and Police Officer 2 Jesus Mante Jr., an intelligence operative, were found positive for shabu [methamphetamine hydrochloride] based on the laboratory examination results of urine samples taken from them.
As mentioned in a Sun Star article dated June 6, 2016, Acting Provincial Director Superintendent Harry Espela conducted the surprise drug test among personnel of Mati City Police Station on June 4 as ordered by Philippine National Police Chief Director General Ricardo Marquez following the accusation made by the New People’s Army that policemen in Davao Oriental were involved in illegal drugs trade.
Assorted drugs paraphernalia were also found inside Barsaman’s room in the police station.
The two cops were immediately placed in preventive suspension after the result of the random drug test was released.
Police Regional Office 11 spokesperson Andrea dela Cerna said Barsaman and Mante will be subjected to termination proceedings. Both will face charges of violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
Barsaman will be slapped with additional charge for violation of Section 15 of the drug law because drug paraphernalia was found in his possession.
Supt. Espela said the provincial police office will conduct more random drug testing for all of its units to cleanse its rank of undesirable police officers.