NATIONAL Capital Region Police Office director, Major General Debold M. Sinas, yesterday ordered the administrative relief and investigation of 11 Metro Manila police anti-narcotics agents who suddenly went absent during a series of surprise drug tests he ordered.
Eight of the 11 are all Police Corporals assigned with the Northern Police District Drug Enforcement Unit while the three others are also all with the rank of Corporal and assigned respectively with the DEUs of the Manila Police District, Southern Police District and the Quezon City Police District.
Sinas ordered the transfer of the 11 to the NCRPO Regional Personnel Holding Administrative Section and the filing of administrative charges for gross insubordination against them after they were found to be all absent during the conduct of a random drug test at the NCRPO headquarters in Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig City and during an NCRPO DEU Workshop last January 25-26. The 11 were ordered to explain their failure to report to the NCRPO headquarters despite due notice.
The NCRPO chief earlier said that one of the 357 policemen ordered adjudicated by Philippine National Police chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa had tested positive for use of shabu and will be subjected to summary dismissal proceedings.
He identified the cop as Staff Sergeant Ronald Carpio, one of the 31 NCRPO members included in the list of 357. The cop was ordered disarmed by Sinas.
Another NCRPO officer, Lieutenant Rodel Torres of the Muntinlupa City Police Station also tested positive for substance abuse during a drug test last February 19 and was also disarmed and transferred to the NCRPO-RPHAS.
Sinas said the urine sample of the two policemen tested positive for shabu during an initial screening and later, a confirmatory test conducted by the NCRPO Regional Crime Laboratory Office headed by Lieutenant Colonel Ruby Diangson.
Gen. Gamboa said that all policemen who will test positive for substance abuse will be fired from the police force since the PNP has no room for drug-using personnel.
Records showed that from July 2016 to December 23, 2019, a total of 389 policemen were fired from the police force after they tested positive for illegal drugs. Another 101 were dismissed for their involvement in illegal drug-related cases.