About 308 police officers assigned to different Drug Enforcement Units (DEU) under the Bohol Police Provincial Office underwent a surprise drug testing Friday last week.
The surprise drug testing is part of the police’s effort to weed out the scalawags who are engaged in drug operations in the province.
The news was bared by Bohol police provincial director Sr. Supt. Angeles Geñorga Jr. last week.
The drug testing was conducted by personnel of the PNP Crime Laboratory at the Multi-Purpose Hall at Camp Dagohoy.
Bohol’s crime laboratory is headed by Chief Insp. David Alexander Patriana.
Geñorga said the surprise drug testing shows no one at the BPPO is engaged in drug use. He added he wanted to assure the public no police officer involved in drug-related operations are also using drugs or pushing illegal substances.
During last Friday’s Kita ug ang Gobernador, Geñorga said the tests went negative as no personnel in the DEU are using drugs.
In the event someone tested positive. The samples will undergo a confirmatory test. While undergoing theconfirmatory test, the police officer will be placed on floating status.
BACK ON THE SADDLE
The PNP was given the go-signal to go back to the anti-drug campaign on January 29 after being held back in October last year.
The return of the police did not come without a price. The PNP conducted an internal cleansing before the re-launch of Oplan Tokhang.
Oplan Tokhang is the primary mission by the police in the war against illegal drugs.
Unknown to much of the public, not all police officers are allowed in the conduct of illegal drug operations.
As a specialized unit, only the DEU are allowed to conduct illegal drug operations with the assistance coming from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.
After the police were divested of the task to go after drug pushers, the DE Units all over the country were dissolved. Since the reinstatement, the police have been busy about going after the drug suspects.
The police from Tubigon town made the first drug suspect arrest in Bohol since the resumption of Oplan Tokhang.
A certain Ryan Apaap, 26, was arrested back in December after President Duterte stopped the police in joining anti-drug operations.
Police reports said Apaap was arrested following buy-bust operations. The seized drugs were worth P2,300.
Officially, Oplan Tokhang resumed back on January 29 with some modifications.
Geñorga said the new Oplan Tokhang will only be conducted in the daytime and will be done only on weekdays.
Authorities are going to make rounds of homes and convince known drug personalities to give up the drug trade.
The police will conduct a dialog with thefamily of the suspects in the event the police were unable to engage with the drug personality. (Dave Albarado)