DRUG TEST. Southern Police District substation commanders and their deputies submit themselves to a surprise drug test at the SPD headquarters in Fort Andres Bonifacio, Taguig City Wednesday (Jan. 18, 2023). SPD chief Brig. Gen. Kirby John Kraft said all the 96 mid-level commanders have tested negative for illegal drugs. (Photo courtesy of NCRPO PIO)

MANILA – Around 96 substation commanders of the Southern Police District (SPD) have tested negative for illegal drugs during a surprise drug test, SPD chief Brig. Gen. Kirby John Kraft said Friday.

Kraft ordered the surprise drug test on Wednesday at the Multi-purpose Hall of the SPD Headquarters in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City in line with the intensified internal cleansing program of the PNP.

“All yielded negative results to the test for the presence of Methamphetamine (shabu) and THC metabolites (marijuana), both dangerous drugs,” Kraft said in a message sent to the Philippine News Agency (PNA).

The SPD said it is ready to release the official chemistry report of the 96 substation commanders.

The SPD covers the cities of Makati, Pasay, Parañaque, Las Piñas, Muntinlupa, Taguig and the municipality of Pateros

National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Maj. Gen. Jonnel Estomo lauded the effort of Kraft and the SPD for doing their fair share to cleanse the ranks of rogue police personnel.

Estomo sad the Regional Forensic Unit NCR headed by Lt. Col. Victor Drapete administered the drug test to ensure that none of the commanders and their deputies were using or engaging in any illicit drug-related activity.

"Ako ay natutuwa sa naging hakbang ng Southern Police District na isailalim ang kanilang Sub-Station Commanders at Deputies sa random drug test bilang tugon sa kampanya ng ating SILG (Interior Secretary Benjamin Abalos) na linisin ang ating hanay mula sa mga pulis na gumagamit at involved sa iligal na droga (I am happy with the steps taken by the SPD to subject their substation commanders and deputies to random drug tests in response to our SILG's campaign to clean our ranks from policemen who are using and are involved in illegal drugs),” he said in a separate statement.

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

This came after Abalos appealed to all colonels and generals of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to submit their courtesy resignations.

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