- New PNP chief ‘Bato’ Dela Rosa ordered a mandatory drug test for PNP senior officers on his first day on the job
- He also took the drug test to show transparency
- He promised his “cleansing efforts” in the agency will be relentless
Only hours into his first day on the job as the new Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General, Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa ordered the senior officers of the PNP to undergo drug testing while in a conference on Friday, July 1.
The newly minted PNP chief told the media that the drug test came as a surprise to the officers and he took the test himself to show transparency, as per an article published by Rappler.
“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?” Dela Rosa said 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 won’t give reasons not to take a drug test. I took a drug test. Why can’t they?]
Dela Rosa said officers who will test positive for illegal drug use will be immediately relieved from their post.
“Automatic, matatanggal sa serbisyo,” he said. [They will be removed from service.]
Dela Rosa said this measure is to ensure that all senior officials holding key positions in the PNP are capable of being a role model to their subordinates, as per an article published by Inquirer.
With the PNP being allegedly one of the most corrupt agencies in the country, he promised his cleansing efforts will be relentless.
“This has to stop right now or I will stop you from enjoying your evil life. I promise you, change is coming include your birthday, which will be changed to November 2,” Dela Rosa said.