Another drug-using cop disarmed

Debold M. Sinas

A NEGROS Oriental policeman who tested positive for substance abuse during a surprise drug test on June 28 has been disarmed and is now undergoing summary hearing procedures, Police Regional Office 7 director Brig. Gen. Debold Sinas said yesterday.

Police Corporal John Karl Niaga, a member of the Mabinay Municipal Police Station, became the second Central Visayas policeman to be unmasked as a drug user in the region in line with the ongoing internal cleansing program of the PRO7, Sinas said.

The official said Niaga was among the members of all Drug Enforcement Units of different Negros Oriental police stations who were subjected to a surprise random drug test during a family conference presided over  by Lt. Col. Wilfredo Alarcon Jr. at the local police headquarters in Camp Lt. Col. Francisco Aganan in SIbulan town on Friday last week.

During the activity, a total of 211 local anti-narcotics agents were ordered to submit their urine specimen.  

Sinas said that Niaga’s urine sample tested positive for substance abuse during an initial screening test and later, during a confirmatory test conducted by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Laboratory Service.

As a result, the policeman was stripped of his service firearm and ordered relieved from his previous post and transferred to the local personnel holding and administrative unit.

Last Monday, Sinas also ordered the disarming and conduct of summary dismissal proceedings against one of 123 Negros Oriental police personnel who tested positive for substance abuse during a surprise drug test late last month.

The Central Visayas police director identified the cop as Police Staff Sergeant Ruel Sinag, a member of the Siaton Municipal Police Station whose urine specimen tested positive for presence of methamphetamine hydrocholoride or  shabu.