40 elite PSPG men undergo drug test

FORTY personnel of the Police Security Protection Group (PSPG) under Regional Police Security Protection unit underwent a surprise drug testing yesterday at the chapel of Capt. Leonor Domingo, the headquarters of the Davao City Police Office (DCPO).

The drug testing was conducted by personnel of the Regional Crime Laboratory.

PSPG head Supt. Reynaldo Denila Jr, who is also the Stag commander of the Presidential Security Group (PSG), said the test was “done to erase all doubts that some of our personnel (are) involved in illegal activities especially on illegal drugs.”

“So to dismiss those rumors, we had a surprise test to ensure that no one is involved in illegal acts,” he said, adding that they could easily act if someone tested positive.

Denila said the activity is part of the order of President Rodrigo Duterte and Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa on the internal cleansing of the Philippine National Police.

The drug test was also an offshoot of the incident regarding a PSPG personnel linked last year to a businesswoman who is the daughter of a convicted drug queen in Metro Manila.

The PSPG’s task is to provide close protection of politicians and businessmen.

“As we have seen on the news last time, one of our PSPG personnel was allegedly involved in illegal activity,” Denila said. “So we can’t deny the possibility that other personnel, not only in the unit but also in others, are involved.”

Denila reminded all the personnel under his command to be vigilant and keep away from illegal activities especially on illegal drugs.

Results of the drug test is yet to be revealed. But Denila said a confirmatory test will be conducted in PNP national headquarters in Camp Crame should any of the police officers be found positive in the surprise drug test.

Around 70 composed the PSPG and only 40 underwent the drug testing yesterday.

The others were not able to submit themselves for the drug testing as they were on assignment.

“Some of them have duties,” Denila said. “We will also conduct drug testing for them some other time.”

In a separate interview, SPO4 Edwin Lasquite, the supervisor for police non-commissioned officers of the PSPG, said “we accept the surprise drug testing as it is part of the internal cleansing in our organization.”

“We are thankful for this,” Lasquite said.

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