200 cops undergo drug test

AROUND 200 personnel of the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) underwent a surprise drug test yesterday at its headquarters in Camp Capt. Leonor Domingo along San Pedro Street.

DCPO spokesperson Insp. Catherine dela Rey told TIMES that the drug test is part of their continued and intensified campaign against illegal drugs.

“This is part of the cleansing of our ranks,” dela Rey said.

Those who underwent the test conducted by the Regional Crime Laboratory-XI were from Mobile Patrol Group (MPG) and from the DCPO headquarters.

Unlike the previous drug test that results are immediately revealed, the Crime Laboratory will examine the urine sample in their office.

“The Crime Laboratory will take the urine sample of the personnel and examine it in their office,” dela Rey said.

Last Aug. 12, a police officer detailed at city hall, was initially reported to have been tested positive in a random drug test conducted by the DCPO at San Pedro Police Precinct.

But in a confirmatory test conducted by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA-XI) in the afternoon, the police officer was tested negative of any illegal drug use because he was taking ranitidine, a medicine that treats and prevents ulcers in the stomach and intestines.

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