The 2,500 policemen in Western Visayas will be required to undergo drug tests every month.
This was announced by the Police Regional Office-6 Monday, July 12, stressing that it is part of the Philippine National Police “intensified cleanliness policy.”
The police internal cleansing includes maintaining the discipline among members of the PNP organization and getting rid of the scalawags and other personnel involved in illegal activities, including personnel who are positive for illegal drugs use, a PRO-6 statement said.
PRO-6 added that all members of the drug enforcement units in the region are being tested every month to ensure the units’ integrity and worthiness to enforce the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.
Western Visayas is composed of Negros Occidental, Iloilo, Aklan, Antique, Capiz, and Guimaras.
The Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office reported earlier that two policemen in the province tested positive for illegal drugs this year.
The policemen – a staff sergeant from the Escalante City Police Station and patrolman assigned at the Binalbagan City Police Station – were relieved from their duties.*