POLICE Regional Office 7 director Chief Superintendent Debold M. Sinas on Saturday ordered a mandatory drug test of 21 uniformed personnel of the Daanbantayan municipal police in Cebu, whom he ordered relieved for their “poor performance” in the anti-narcotics campaign.
Also subjected to a drug test by the Regional Crime Laboratory Unit 7 were three non-uniformed personnel of the local police force, the result of which will be released as soon as they are obtained.
According to Sinas, the relief of the Daanbantayan police force was triggered by the station’s low accomplishment rating when it comes to their conduct of the campaign against illegal drug trafficking and abuse.
The outgoing mayor of Daanbantayan is retired police general Vicente Loot who has been tagged by President Rodrigo Duterte as involved in illegal drugs.
Loot, a member of Philippine Military Academy Class 1982, has denied the charges against him.
Sinas said he has discovered that the Daanbantayan police headed by Senior Inspector Aldrian Nalua only recorded 11 drug-related operations last year. Nalua was reassigned to the Oslob, Cebu police station after being replaced by Chief Inspector William Homoc.
Homoc and 28 other members of the Regional Public Safety Battalion 7 took over the Daanbantayan police force.
Sinas said Nalua’s men will also undergo a moral recovery program at the PRO7 headquarters where they will be assigned to the RPSB.