Two police officers of Mati City tested positive of shabu use

DAVAO CITY — Two police officers in Mati City were found positive of illegal drug use after the Davao Oriental Police Provincial Office (DOPPO) conducted a random drug test of all its police personnel on Saturday. The result was released Monday by the Police Regional Office (PRO) XI.

DOPPO Director Supt. Harry Espela said the Mati City Police Office did not expect the random drug testing when the officer-in-charge, Chief Insp. Noel Asumen assumed office.

Based from the result of the laboratory samples, the two police officers found positive of methamphetamines or shabu use were SP04 Nollo Barsaman, who was immediately submitted to the Prosecution Office for inquest for violation of the Republic Act 9165, or the Dangerous Drugs Act, particularly Section 12 because of the drug paraphernalia taken from him and Section 15 for drug use; and P02 Jesus Mante, Jr. who will also be facing administrative charges.

Espela said they would conduct another random drug testing any day for all police units under the DOPPO in order to cleanse the police of personnel involved in illegal drugs.

This developed after the PRO XI ordered the crackdown against police personnel involved in illegal drug activities.

The crackdown is part of the continuing efforts of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to cleanse its ranks.

PRO XI spokesperson Andrea dela Cerna said police also found from Barsaman assorted illegal drug paraphernalia which were brought to the PNP Crime Laboratory, Tagum City, Davao del Norte for further examination.

Dela Cerna said termination proceedings will be initiated against the two PNCOs for having tested positive for illegal substance.

PRO 11 Director Chief Supt. Manuel Gaerlan reminded all its personnel not to engage in any illegal activities or they face the full force of the law and the disciplinary mechanism of the PNP.

Gaerlan assures the public that the PNP does not tolerate nor condone any irregularity among its ranks. Majority of the police officers are professional, dedicated and can be depended upon by the community.

“We shall continue ridding our ranks of bad eggs and scalawags,” Gaerlan said in a statement. PNA/