Police Gen. Debold Sinas, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), vowed to dismiss from the service any policemen who would test positive in random drug tests as the PNP continues to conduct surprise tests on all its uniformed and civilian personnel.
Sinas made the warning as more PNP personnel tested positive in random drug tests, the most recent of whom was John Rey Ibasco assigned to the Regional Logistics and Research Development Division 13 (RLRRDD-13).
Ibasco was among the 332 policemen assigned in Caraga who were subjected to random drug testing. He was the only one who tested positive and his urine sample also yielded positive results in the confirmatory test.
Sinas said he has already ordered the pre-charge investigation and initiated summary dismissal proceedings against the drug-using cop.
Ibasco has been disarmed and placed under restrictive custody. He is set to be dismissed within two months, a time period caused by Sinas.
More or less 500 policemen have been dismissed from the police service since 2016 for testing positive in drug tests.