3 drug pushers arrested in random drug test in Makati — MADAC

February 11, 2013 11:04 pm 

By Christopher Lloyd T. Caliwan

MANILA, Feb. 11 — Random drug testing is currently being implemented in Makati City to weed out drug users in all local government offices, including the police, jail, fire and schools in the city.

The random drug testing is being implemented by the Makati Anti-Drug Abuse Council (MADAC) under Supt. Jaime Santos.

Santos said he received the directive from Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr., who instructed him that those who will be found positive in using drugs will be fired or dismiss from the service.

The random drug test was done by obtaining urine sample from each individual under tight watch by MADAC personnel. The procedure was supervised by the Makati Health Department to ensure the validity of results.

This developed as combined operatives of Makati Police and MADAC arrested a former Barangay tanod and two of his cohorts in a buy bust operation conducted in Barangay East Rembo.

Santos, operations chief of MADAC, identified the suspects as Paul Gonzaga,50, former Bantay Bayan and resident of 106, 7th Avenue, Bgy East Rembo, while his two cohorts were Danilo Sta. Ana 113- C 8th Avenue East Rembo, and Rostan Refemoso of 11-d 8th Avenue, East Rembo, Makati City.

The arrest came following several reports from concerned citizens regarding the drug activities of the three suspects that led to a surveillance of MADAC operatives.

The surveillance operation yielded positive results, and Santos and his men conducted a buy bust operation which led to the arrest of the Gonzaga group.

Confiscated from the suspects were four plastic sachet containing methamphetamine Chloride also known as Shabu.

It was learned that Gonzaga was fired last January 2 after he tested positive to the random test given to all barangay officials.

MADAC reported that as of year 2011, 189 drug pushers and users were arrested while 212 were nabbed in 2012.

Mayor Binay lauded MADAC for its unrelenting efforts in combatting the drug menace and promote drug-free communities and workplaces in Makati. (PNA)



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