2 rookie cops face dismissal for marijuana, shabu use

Published January 17, 2021, 2:54 PM

by Aaron Recuenco 

Two rookie policemen are set to be kicked out of the service after they tested positive during a surprise drug test in Olongapo City and Sulu.

Police Gen. Debold Sinas, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), said he had them disarmed and placed under restrictive custody while dismissal procedures are ongoing.

He identified the two policemen as Patrolmen Reyland Intal of the Olongapo City Mobile Force Company and Benhur Ismael of the 2nd Sulu Provincial Mobile Force Company.

“If left undetected, these two police rookies will continue with their drug use and perhaps influence others. They will have to go because there is no place for addicts in the PNP,” said Sinas in a statement.

Intal tested positive for the use of marijuana while Ismael for the use of shabu. Their urine samples also tested positive during the confirmatory tests.

The surprise drug testing for policemen in Olongapo was ordered by Sinas after four policemen were arrested during a raid of a suspected shabu laboratory in Subic, Zambales recently.

Intal was the only one who tested positive out of the 397 police personnel in the area.

Sinas said 25 more personnel of the Olongapo police will also be subjected to drug tests. They were not present during the drug test as they were either on schooling or detailed in other areas.

More or less 500 policemen have been dismissed from the service since 2016 for testing positive for drugs.