3 “performing” anti-drug cops at risk of dismissal
CEBU, Philippines — Another batch of policemen was subjected to a surprise drug test in Cebu City yesterday as part of the ongoing internal cleansing of the police organization few days after three anti-drug cops tested positive of illegal drug use.
Police Regional Office-7 director Police Brigadier General Debold Sinas earlier announced that three police officers assigned at Waterfront Police Station tested positive of illegal drugs last month.
The three policemen were identified as Police Corporals John Combis, Kinsman Omolan and Robert Amascual. They were part of the group of 61 cops who underwent the test last July 26 and 27.
Cebu City Police Office chief Police Colonel Gemma Vinluan said at least 57 policemen were included in yesterday’s new round of drug test. Vinluan said the three drug positive policemen will face investigation.
She said the three are members of the Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) of Waterfront Police Station 3 in Pier 1, Cebu City.
“Kasi itong mga to ay mga operatives natin ng DEU. Titignan din natin kung ano na ba ang nagawa ng mga to sa kanilang police station at ano ang kanilang na contribute para sugpuin ang drugs. Kung ngayon, kung mga low performing to, malaki ang chance na ma dismiss sila,” Vinluan said.
Police Major Jomar Pomarejos, Police Station 3 commander, said the three personnel are “performing” officers.
“They are performers in the police station,” Pomarejos told reporters.
But in spite of their sterling performance, they will have to face the consequences of their illegal actions as part of the organization’s internal cleansing.
“Because of our compliance in our ‘internal cleansing’ bisa’g kugihan ta sa atong trabaho, kugihan manakop, ug ang pulis musuyop, wala gihapon, the talk of credibility will be defeated,” Pomajeros stressed.
Meanwhile, the city police director announced yesterday that they have confiscated a total of P50.5 million worth of shabu in just one month of intensified anti-drug operations.
“Sa loob ng isang buwan nakaka P50.5 million worth of shabu ang ating nacoconfiscate, so napakaimportante ang credibility ng PNP ay mataas, isang magpapatunay na maganda ang credibility ng PNP kung ang mga nagpapatupad nito ay drug-free rin,” Vinluan said.
She vowed that more drug tests will come in the days to come to ensure that the credibility of the law enforcers is high.
“Balak po ng aming regional director ay mag undergo ng drug test. Ito po ay patuloy po naming ginagawa para ang buong kapulisan ng PNP, even yung aming mga non-uniform personnel, ay mag-drug test.” Vinluan said.
Vinluan said she is planning to conduct a regular drug test either quarterly or twice a year to discourage PNP members from taking illegal drugs.
“Pagbutihin na nila ang yung kanilang trabaho, ang ganda-ganda na ng pasweldo sa PNP, kung mag-iinvolve ka pa sa mga illegal activities katulad ng drugs, hindi lang ang future mo ang sisirain mo, kundi future ng mga anak mo at iyong pamilya,” Vinluan added.— FPL (FREEMAN)