9 police officials test positive for illegal drugs


MANILA, Philippines - Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa revealed that at least 9 out of 2,405 police personnel tested positive for illegal drugs in front of 160,000-strong PNP in a press conference held after his first flag ceremony on Monday, July 4.

9 police officials test positive for illegal drugs
NEW PNP CHIEF: At least 9 out of 2,405 police personnel tested positive for illegal drugs. 
According to Dela Rosa, the 9 cops will be charged and tried accordingly once the samples are validated.

Although the new PNP chief did not reveal the ranks of cops who tested positive for illegal substances, PNP’s top officials who underwent a surprise drug test inside Camp Crame on July 1 all tested negative. As proof of transparency, Dela Rosa also took the test.

Dela Rosa, who officially became the 21st chief of the PNP a day after President Rodrigo Duterte took oath as the 16th President of the Philippines, vows to eliminate rogue cops in the PNP, particularly police officers linked to illegal drugs as well as those who did not perform their mandate.

In his assumption speech, Dela Rosa urged corrupt, abusive, lazy and those linked to syndicates to voluntarily surrender within 48 hours and disclose what they know.

“We have to eliminate scalawags from within our ranks. Kayong mga kotong, abusado, tamad at sindikatong pulis: Bilang na ang mga araw ninyo! Lalo na kayong mga pulis dito sa Metro Manila na pinagmayabang pa ninyo na kayo ang mga NINJA na kayo ang taga re cycle ng shabu.”

A member of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) “Sinagtala” Class of 1986, Dela Rosa was the former chief of Davao City Police and was personally handpicked by Duterte as the new chief of PNP in a bid to eradicate criminality and illegal drugs in the country within six months.

--Mini, The Summit Express

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