Another policeman assigned with the Butuan City Police Office (BCPO ) was tested positive of using “shabu” (crystal meth) and is facing possible dismissal from the police service.
Brig. Gen. Romeo Caramat Jr., Caraga police director, identified the police officer as Master Sergeant Julius Calderon, who tested positive for shabu use in a random drug test conducted for police personnel qualified for this year’s regular Police Executive Master Sergeant Promotion Program on October 12.
“Out of 136 police officers who underwent the drug test of the Regional Crime Laboratory Office, Calderon’s urine specimen yielded positive result for the presence of methamphetamine during screening and confirmatory drug testing,” Caramat said in a statement.
“Our PNP personnel shall serve as role models in the fight against illegal drugs. Delinquent police officers shall face dismissal from the service if they are found to be taking illegal drugs,” he added.
Caramat said the conduct of the random drug test is in compliance with the directive of PNP chief Guillermo Eleazar to weed out drug users in the uniformed service.
He also assured the public the regional police does not tolerate or condone any irregularity among its ranks.
More random drug tests would be carried out in the coming days as the police wanted to clean its ranks of scalawag law enforcers, Caramat said.
“We will totally cleanse our ranks as we wage the war on drugs,” he said, adding that the dismissal orders for the three other police officers earlier found guilty of illegal drug use were also being prepared.
Last September, Patrolwoman Kizea Kaye Golindang from the Butuan City Mobile Force Company also tested positive to drug use during a surprise drug test.CLC