ONE of the 357 policemen ordered adjudicated by Philippine National Police chief General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa for their alleged involvement in illegal drug activities has tested positive for use of shabu and will be immediately subjected to summary dismissal proceedings, National Capital Region Police Office director Major General Debold M. Sinas told the Journal Group yesterday.
“We’re minus one officer already, meaning he is sure to be fired from the police force on orders of Gen. Gamboa,” said the Metro Manila police director in referring to the case of the 357 policemen currently under probe by the PNP National Headquarters Adjudication Board.
The official identified the drug-positive policeman as Staff Sergeant Ronald B. Carpio. He said that SSgt. Carpio was among the 31 NCRPO members included in the list of 357.
He said Carpio’s urine sample tested positive for methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu during the initial screening. Sinas said that the same urine sample also tested positive for shabu when subjected to a confirmatory test using the PNP Crime Laboratory Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometer or GCMS equipment.
Conseuently, the NCRPO chief ordered the disarming of Carpio and the recall of all his government issuances. Carpio was among the 31 Metro Manila policemen ordered by Gen. Gamboa to report to Camp Crame last month.
However, only 22 reported while nine did not and were marked AWOL or Absent Without Official Leave effective last Thursday.
MUNTINLUPA PNP OFFICER ALSO POSITIVE FOR SHABU
Another NCRPO personnel also tested positive for substance abuse during a surprise drug test last February 19, Sinas said.
The official identified the drug-positive cop as Lieutenant Rodel Torres. He said that Lt. Torres was one of the 314 personnel of the Muntinlupa City Police Station composed of 11 Police Commissioned Officers, 294 Police Non-Commissioned Officers and nine Non-Uniformed Personnel who were subjected to a drug screening last February 19 by the NCR Regional Crime Laboratory Office headed by Lieutenant Colonel Ruby Diangson.
Out of the 314, only the submitted urine specimen of Lt. Torres tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu during the initial screening. Sinas said that the same urine sample also tested positive for shabu when subjected to a confirmatory test using the PNP Crime Laboratory ‘s GCMS equipment.
Following the positive drug test result, Sinas ordered the disarming of Torres and his reassignment to the NCRPO Regional Personnel Holding Administrative Section.
The NCRPO chief also ordered the thorough questioning of Lt. Torres and SSgt. Carpio to find out the source of the drugs they were using as well as their fellow users in the police force.
“We have informed the PNP Adjudication Board of this latest development and will conduct the pre-charge investigation and summary hearing procedure of the accused officer,” Sinas said.
He also instructed the NCRPO Regional Internal Affairs Service to coordinate their investigation into the illegal drug activities of Torres and Carpio with the PNP Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group headed by Colonel Ronald O. Lee.