MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday cited the importance of cleaning its own ranks as the first step in pursuing the fight against illegal drugs as it lauded the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) for its intensified internal cleansing program.

“Pursuant to President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive, the PNP is relentless in its fight for a clean and drug-free Philippines. It starts right here, in our own backyard. Getting rid of rogue cops is key to gaining the trust of our people. The NCRPO’s initiative is an important step towards attaining that,” PNP chief, Gen. Archie Gamboa, said in a statement.

Gamboa particularly feted NCRPO chief, Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas, for initiating a random drug test on Quezon City Police District QCPD) personnel on June 6, where one out of 312 personnel tested positive for shabu.

The NCRPO is conducting drug tests in its own ranks to determine illegal drug users through regular random drug testing.

“Our people need to trust the PNP if we want to sustain and eventually win this prolonged fight against criminality and coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). Police Major General Sinas has been cleansing Metro Manila from unscrupulous police personnel and I commend the NCRPO for its aggressive campaign, especially against rogue cops who are involved in the use and trade of illegal drugs.” Gamboa added.

Pat. Casey San Jose Austria assigned at Detection and Special Operations Unit (DSOU), QCPD, who yielded positive results, was subjected to a confirmatory test at the PNP Crime Laboratory and also tested positive for methamphetamine.

Sinas assured that continuous random drug testing will be conducted to identify unscrupulous personnel who are engaged in illegal drugs.

Austria had been disarmed of his issued firearms and will be reassigned to NCRPO Regional Personnel Holding and Accounting Unit (RPHAU) for appropriate administrative sanctions and reformative intervention.

As of June 1, a total of 14,432 police personnel were penalized for various administrative cases under the PNP’s relentless internal cleansing program.

Data from the Directorate for Personnel and Records Management noted that 4,208 personnel have been dismissed from police service.

It added that 7,324 personnel were suspended while 760 police officers were demoted. Meanwhile, 555 personnel were sanctioned through forfeited salary, 157 through withheld privileges, 1,327 reprimanded, and 101 restricted to quarters. (PNA)

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