EXCLUSIVE: 349 cops test positive for illegal drug use – PNP
by admin | Posted on Wednesday, 19 September 2018 02:52 PM
MANILA,Philippines — Despite the government’s intensified war against drugs, cops who test positive for illegal drug use continue to rise.
The Philippine National Police Crime Laboratory said that 349 policemen have tested positive of using shabu based on the latest tally from January 2016 to September 2018.
PNP Crime Laboratory Director PCSupt. Rolando Hinanay said, drug use is more prevalent among Police Officers 1 (P01) with 146 offenders while the highest ranking cop on record is a police superintendent.
“Administratively they are charged with grave misconduct. Of course they will be given due process but ang grave misconduct kasi, ang maximum penalty niyan is dismissal from the service,” Hinanay said.
He added that the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) has the highest number of personnel who use illegal drugs at 47, followed by Calabarzon area with 41 and Zamboanga peninsula with 37.
“ Tuloy- tuloy yung aming internal cleansing, random drug testing to find out kung sino-sino sa mga personnel namin ang gumagamit ng drugs,” Hanay said. “Totoo nakakabahala siya kaya nga ito yung actions na ginawa ng pamunuan ng PNP upang i-address yung problem na yun.”
Meanwhile, no PNP personnel tested positive of illegal drug use in the Cordillera Administrative Region. — Lea Ylagan
by admin | Posted on Wednesday, 20 February 2019 07:50 PM
QUEZON CITY, Philippines — PNP Chief Police Director General Oscar Albayalde asserts that the cocaine blocks that were dumped and discovered in the eastern seaboard of the country is not a diversionary tactic.
The PNP Chief said the said blocks of cocaine were too expensive to just be thrown into the sea and be used as a diversionary tactic.
Albayalde added, “yung cocaine ay hindi masyadong pina-patronize dito sa Pilipinas [Cocaine is not popularly patronized in the Philippines], so I don’t see any diversionary tactics as of this time.”
This started when a student saw a block of cocaine along the coastline of Perez, Quezon on Tuesday (February 19).
The government has already recorded more than 90 kilos of cocaine valued at around half a billion pesos, all from what were recovered in Surigao del Norte, Dinagat Island, Camarines Norte and Quezon Province. — Maris Federez (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
by admin | Posted on Monday, 11 February 2019 04:54 PM
MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Oscar Albayalde awarded PO1 William Cristobal with the ‘Medalya ng Papuri’ during the flag raising ceremony at Camp Crame on Monday (February 11).
PO1 Cristobal is the police officer who was splashed with a cup of taho (soy pudding) by Chinese national, Jiale Zhang, after he prohibited the latter from entering MRT Boni Station with the drink.
Cristobal called the attention of Zhang because of the station’s recent policy against bringing in drinks or any liquid following the bombings in Jolo, Sulu and the possible use of liquid bombs.
Albayalde said Cristobal demonstrated exemplary behavior during the incident.
Cristobal admitted feeling belittled after having a drink thrown at him.
The PNP chief called on foreign nationals visiting the country to respect the laws and regulations of the Philippines the same way that Filipinos observe the laws of other countries they visit.
The PNP chief added that the ban on liquids at MRT stations is no different from the ban of the same at airports, which is a part of the security measures against terrorism.
PO1 Cristobal has filed charges against Jiale Zhang including unjust vexation and disobedience of person in authority and direct assault. — Lea Ylagan
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