9 cops test positive for drug use

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 04 2016 10:08 AM | Updated as of Jul 04 2016 11:49 AM

MANILA (UPDATE) - Nine police officers have tested positive for illegal drug use following a surprise drug test conducted Friday.

Philippine National Police Director General Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa said the nine officials were from PNP regional offices.

Dela Rosa declined to name the officials pending a further confirmatory test to verify the presence of methamphetamine or shabu and THC metabolite or marijuana in their urine samples.

Should the nine cops again test positive for drugs, they will face administrative and criminal complaints.

The results of the confirmatory drug tests may be released in two to three days, Dela Rosa said.

The PNP chief also said he was alarmed over the findings of the initial test. "I have zero tolerance on drugs, tapos mayroong 9 nag-positive. Mataas ito, alarming ito."

Dela Rosa himself underwent the drug test on Friday alongside 2,405 PNP personnel from the national headquarters, regional offices and police districts, including 75 high-ranking officials.

The test yielded negative results for 2,396 urine samples.

Dela Rosa ordered the surprise drug test just hours after he officially became the country's top police official and announced a thorough revamp of the PNP.

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Dela Rosa on Friday also issued a 48-hour deadline for police protectors of drug rings to surrender or face the merciless war on narcotics.

He particularly zeroed in on policemen from Metro Manila who boast about being "ninjas", recycling illegal drugs.

Dela Rosa said Monday that none of the 20 ninja policemen have surrendered so far.

READ: Crooked cops snub 48-hour deadline to surrender

Asked about what he plans to do with the drug-tainted personnel, he said: "I will send them to Sulu, Basilan, Tawi-Tawi to fight the Abu Sayyaf."

Dela Rosa also clarified that these officers do not include the three high-ranking police officials whom President Rodrigo Duterte earlier accused of having links with the drug trade.

Dela Rosa declined to name the three generals, saying this task is up to the President.

Duterte earlier demanded the resignation of the three.

"Corruption must stop. Tatlong general diyan sa Crame (should) resign. Do not wait for me to name you in public because I will only humiliate you."

-- With reports from Henry Atuelan, DZMM and Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News