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Surprise drug test for police

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By Calvin D. Cordova

LINE-UP FOR TESTING– Police station commanders and drug enforcement unit members line up for drug testing at the PNP regional crime laboratory in Camp Sotero Cabahug in Cebu City Monday. (Juan Carlo de Vela)

LINE-UP FOR TESTING– Police station commanders and drug enforcement unit members line up for drug testing at the PNP regional crime laboratory in Camp Sotero Cabahug in Cebu City Monday. (Juan Carlo de Vela)

Cebu City—Seventy policemen from the city’s 11 police stations underwent an unannounced drug test after the flag-raising ceremony at the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) headquarters Monday.

The test was administered to operatives of the precincts’ Drug Enforcement Units.

Senior Supt. Joel Doria, CCPO chief, said the test is part of the campaign to make the Philippine National Police (PNP) a drug-free organization.

“This should serve as a warning to our policemen that they should not engage in illegal drug activities or any other wrongdoing,” said Doria.

The test came more than two weeks after two policemen were found positive for illegal drug use.

The first test was conducted last January 31 for about 100 officers from the Regional Special Operations Group (RSOG) of Lapu-Lapu City and Station 5 in the Carbon Market.

The two officers who flunked the test are from the Lapu-Lapu City Police Office and CCPO. Their names were withheld pending results of the confirmatory test.

The two could face administrative charges and relieved from their posts if the confirmatory test yields a positive result.

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