Majority of the 85 policemen in Negros Occidental linked to illegal drugs are those with the rank of Police Officer 1, Senior Supt. Rodolfo Castil, provincial police director, said 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, Castil said.
He also said that the 85 police officers were either using prohibited drugs, or receiving “payola” from drug syndicates, based on interrogations of arrested drug suspects.
Based on the claims of a controversial drug personality in Bacolod, majority of the police personnel linked to illegal drugs, were re-assigned to Mindanao, on recommendation of a top official then of the defunct Police Regional Office 18.
Another policeman recently tested positive for the use of illegal drugs and is now facing administrative charges, Castil said.
As part of the internal cleansing strategy of the PNP, 99 troopers of the Negros Provincial Mobile Force Company were subjected to drug tests Wednesday by the PNP Crime Laboratory at Camp Alfredo Montelibano Sr. in Bacolod City.
Castil said the internal cleansing at NOCPPO will be conducted without let-up.*GPB
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