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200 cops positive for drugs in ’08–PNP

Posted by Abi Kwok on February 9, 2009

By Abigail Kwok

MANILA, Philippines – More than 200 policemen tested positive for illegal drugs in 2008, a majority of who were “young” policemen, a spokesman for the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Monday.

Records from the PNP-Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM) revealed that from January to December last year, 80 policemen across the country were dismissed after testing positive for illegal drugs, Chief Superintendent Nicanor Bartolome said in an interview.

Another 24 policemen had been suspended; five resigned; two have gone AWOL (absent without leave); 26 have been pre-charged; and 79 undergoing summary dismissal procedures.

But Bartolome could not confirm how many were ranking police officials but said that a good number of those who tested positive were young policemen, particularly those with Police Officer 1 (PO1) ranks.

He cited “adventurism and curiosity” as among the reasons why young policemen resorted to drugs “as soon as they got out of college.”

A total of 25,134 policemen underwent drug tests last year, or 25 percent of the total PNP population. This year, the PNP also hopes to reach the same target, Bartolome said.

He added that the PNP has also banned deep penetration agents altogether as some policemen have used this as an excuse to save themselves from drug tests.

“It is not allowed and it is not a justification,” Bartolome said.

Random drug tests for all PNP personnel are expected to start soon, Bartolome said.


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