MANILA – Thirty-one police officers who were earlier summoned by National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Maj. Gen. Jonnel Estomo over their alleged links to illegal drugs have tested negative for illegal drugs in a recent surprise test.

In a statement on Wednesday, Estomo said 31 out of 43 police officers who were included in their drug watchlist underwent a surprise drug test after he held a dialogue with them on Jan. 12.

Consequently, all urine samples taken from the listed cops yielded negative results for the presence of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu.

Ito ay isang magandang senyales sa ating mga kapulisan na pinaghihinalaang sangkot sa illegal drugs na tuluyan nang malinis ang kanilang pangalan dahil sila ay pasado na sa unang yugto ng pagsusuring ating ginagawa (This is a good sign on our police officers who are suspected of being involved in illegal drugs that their names will be completely cleared because they have passed the first stage of the examination that we are doing),” Estomo said

He said this is part of the NCRPO's determined proactive approach to cleanse its ranks and give the opportunity to innocent cops to clear their names continue with their service to the people.

This came as Interior Secretary Benjamin Abalos appealed to colonels and generals of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to submit their courtesy resignation, in which Estomo heeded and led ranking NCRPO officers to 100 percent compliance.

Estomo said that all 76 third-level officers have submitted their courtesy resignations. (PNA)