Davao police officer affirms 6 cops positive in random drug tests

July 27, 2011 2:30 am 

DAVAO CITY, July 26 – A police officer here affirmed that the random drug test among policemen is a means of cleaning the ranks of abusive members or “wang-wang” cops.

Chief Superintendent Jose Jorge Corpuz, deputy regional director for administration of the Police Regional Office 11, revealed that the counter-intelligence operation on its personnel brought about suspicion of illegal drug use, which prompted them to call for random drug tests which confirmed the impression.

He said the cleansing of ranks will extend towards all police precincts in the Davao region.

Corpuz said the six personnel, who turned out positive in the drug test conducted by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Davao, remain under investigation to determine the extent of their involvement in the illegal drugs trade.

He identified them as SPO1 Raymundo Alvarez from Buhangin Police Precinct, SPO1 Ferdinand Bernada from Paquibato Police Precinct, SP01 Juanito Tanodtanod from the City Public Safety Company, P03 Rodel Asupan from Sta. Ana Police Precinct, P02 Zaldy Rom from Sasa Police Precinct and P01 Armando Veto from Marilog Police Precinct.

“They are now disarmed and relieved from the Davao City Police Office and transferred to the PRO 11 Headquarters while facing investigation,” Corpuz told a press briefing of the AFP-PNP Press Corps held at the Task Force Davao Headquarters on Tuesday.

He said Senior Superintendent Rene Aspera, director of the DCPO, was also directed to reprimand the immediate superior officers of these men for failure to look up to their welfare.

Corpuz said as police commanders, their duty is not only limited to giving orders to their men.

“You must know their lifestyle and how their respective families are doing, as a way of looking up for their welfare,” he said.

Corpuz maintained that there were lapses committed by the immediate superiors of these policemen.

He told the public not to transact business with these policemen.

“The public must know who are these abusive policemen or wang-wang cops,” Corpuz said.

He said the police institution has intensified its counter-intelligence operation on its personnel to confirm suspicion of illegal drug use.

Corpuz said the police leadership also wants to determine if these respondents were either mere ushers or traders and their source of illegal drugs.

Major Clif Tangonan, spokesperson of the Task Force Davao, also identified a Civilian Active Auxiliary member identified only as Ilustrisimo and Private First Class Jomar Pactor as two of its personnel who yielded positive in the drug test conducted by the PDEA 11.

He said Ilustrisimo was immediately discharged from the service while Pactor was recalled to the 10th Infantry Division Headquarters in Barangay Tuburan, Mawab, Davao del Norte, for further investigation. (PNA) LAP/LAM/JSGDalumpines/ldp

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