10 bus drivers, 2 conductors test positive for illegal-drug use ahead of Undas


Posted at Oct 31 2018 03:01 AM | Updated as of Oct 31 2018 05:44 PM

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency officials monitor the random drug testing among bus driver and conductors at a bus station in Cubao, Quezon City on Monday. The random test aims to ensure the safety of the riding public ahead of the travel rush for All Saint’s an All Soul’s Day. Jire Carreon, ABS-CBN News

MANILA—Some 10 bus drivers and 2 conductors around the country were found positive for illegal drug use in a surprise test ahead of the observance of All Saints' and All Souls' days.

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on Tuesday said that licenses were confiscated and drivers were not allowed to proceed with their trips.

"The use of illegal drugs in the transportation industry is very rampant even in ordinary hours, making the riding public prone to accidents. These drivers should face the consequences of using illegal drugs so as not to compromise the safety of passengers," PDEA chief Aaron Aquino said in a statement.

Those tested positive for illegal drug use were from a bus terminal in the Ilocos region, the Batangas City Grand Terminal, the Bicol Central Station, the North Bus Terminal in Central Visayas, the Abucay New Bus Terminal in Eastern Visayas, the Zamboanga City integrated bus terminal, a bus terminal in ARMM, the Bicol Isarog bus terminal, and the Araneta bus terminal in Metro Manila.

"Oplan Undaspot" was conducted nationwide by PDEA, in coordination with the Land Transportation Office and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board.