Eighty-five policemen in Negros Occidental have been linked to illegal drugs, police records showed yesterday.
Of the 85 police personnel, 25 were declared AWOL (Absent With Out Leave) and dismissed from the police service, 20 others had been re-assigned, while 40 have been placed under surveillance.
The number rose from five to 85, after Oplan Tokhang started in the second semester of 2016 until last year, records of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office further showed.
Based on claims of a controversial drug personality in Bacolod, majority of the police personnel linked to illegal drugs, were re-assigned to Mindanao.
Unannounced drug testing have been regularly conducted by the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office to rid the ranks of drug dependents.
But the NOCPPO is also recognizing policemen who perform well in the anti-drug campaign, through the monthly Pasidungog award, and with the provincial government of Negros Occidental, are giving them incentives.
On the sectoral affectation by illegal drugs, 52.41 percent are unemployed, 24.24 are in the labor sector and 14.90 percent belongs to the youth and student sector, transport – 6.78 percent, and the academe -1.43 percent
Of the 1,788 drug cases filed by the Negros Occidental against the arrested suspects, 51 were convicted, 63 had been dismissed, while 1,674 are still on trial, Senior Supt. Rodolfo Castil, provincial police director, said in a briefing yesterday with members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.
Castil revealed that there were complaints against a government prosecutor in central Negros, who was blamed for the dismissal of drug-related case.
He also said that policemen who fail to attend court duties, that could lead to the dismissal of drug-related charges, may also face dismissal from the police service.*GPB
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