LEGAZPI CITY (21-Feb-2013/PNA) – The over 80 police officials who took part in the orientation seminar on anti-illegal drugs law and planning session for renewed anti-narcotics campaign Tuesday morning were caught flatfooted when Bicol top cop, Chief Supt. Clarence Guinto, said he would submit for drug test and that they too should do the same right after the activities.
The order was made by Guinto in his closing speech in the presence of officials from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), anti-crime crusader Dante Jimenez, representatives from the judiciary and other invited resource speakers in the twin activities held inside Camp Gen. Simeon Ola in this city.
Urine samples were outright taken from Guinto and officials from the provincial, city and municipal police offices in the provinces of Albay, Camarines Sur, Masbate, Camarines Norte, Sorsogon and Catanduanes and were submitted to the PDEA laboratory in Camp Ola.
The surprise drug test was done to confirm if there are police officials in the region who are into drug use.
The concerned police officials told the Philippines News Agency that they expected Guinto to issue another order requiring all policemen in the region to undergo drug testing and to put in place strict regulations for those who would be found positive to using drugs.
On the same occasion, Guinto launched his revitalized Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operation Task Group (RAID-SOTG) that will undertake extensive operations to curb supply and demand of narcotics and put behind bars key persons in the illegal trade of drugs in the region.
Jimenez briefed the participants on the various crime statistics tracked by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption in the past years and linked drug use behind 80 percent of them.
The lapses of law enforcers in documentation and presentation of evidence in courts that lead to dismissals on the grounds of technicalities were discussed by Albay Regional Trial Court Judge Ave Z. Alba. (PNA)