- A total of 141 policemen are facing dismissal from the service after testing positive for illegal drug use
- Charges filed against them are grave misconduct by violation of the anti-drugs law
- All policemen will each undergo a lifestyle check to determine their extent of involvement in drugs
The Philippine National Police (PNP) reported that a total of 141 policemen are facing possible dismissal from the service after testing positive for drug use.
Chief Superintendent Leo Angelo Leuterio, head of the PNP-Internal Affairs Service (IAS), said charges specifically grave misconduct by violation of the anti-drugs law have been filed against the policemen as he added that 57 of the policemen are already undergoing summary dismissal proceedings , an article published by GMA News Online disclosed.
Leuterio further said 114 of the 141 drug-positive policemen are ranked Police Officer 1 while the rest include three junior officers ranked Inspector, Senior Inspector and Chief Inspector, 18 were ranked senior police officers and the rest were Police Officer 2 and Police Officer 3.
As such, Leuterio said that those charged tested positive in confirmatory tests, which is done after a policeman tests positive in the initial mandatory drug test.
Meanwhile, Leuterio noted that the policemen will each undergo a lifestyle check to determine their extent of involvement in drugs.
“We want to know if their lifestyle falls under their income. For instance, how can a rookie policemen drive several cars and send his children to private schools when his income is only coming from his job,” Leuterio was quoted as saying.
The police official also said that the PNP wants to know everything from where these policemen live and if they have businesses, where did they get the money to start their business.
Currently, at least 10 policemen are being subjected to lifestyle check.
As part of the government’s drive against illegal drugs, Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa earlier ordered the mandatory drug testing on the 170,000-strong police organization.
Five retired and active high-ranking police officials allegedly involved in drugs were named by President Rodrigo Duterte a few days after assuming office.
Last month, the National Police Commission filed formal charges against two of the police officials namely former National Capital Region Police Officer chief Director Joel Pagdilao and former Quezon City Police District Office director Chief Superintendent Edgardo Tinio.
Charges filed against them were serious neglect of duty, serious irregularities in the performance of duty, and conduct unbecoming of a police officer.
The three other police officials named by Duterte were former Chief Superintendent and now Daangbantayan, Cebu Mayor Vicente Loot, Director Bernardo Diaz and former Deputy Director General Marcelo Garbo.