Caraga cop tests positive for illegal drugs

Amidst the efforts of the Police Regional Office 13 (PRO-13) to clean its ranks from scalawags, a police officer under its area has tested positive for drugs and is currently undergoing pre-charge evaluation, an official said Friday.

PRO-13 Director PBGen. Romeo Caramat Jr. said that out of 136 police officers who underwent the drug test of the Regional Crime Laboratory Office 13 on October 12 for promotion, Police Chief Master Sergeant Julius Calderon’s urine specimen yielded positive for the presence of methamphetamine during screening and confirmatory drug testing.

Calderon is presently assigned at Butuan City Police Office and an aspirant for the rank of Police Executive Master Sergeant for this year’s regular promotion. 

“It is a clear warning to our personnel that we will totally cleanse our ranks as we wage the war on drugs. We will never tolerate policemen receiving salaries from the government while engaging in unlawful activities,” Caramat said.

Under his watch, Caramat noted that three police officers are about to be removed from the service due to illegal drug use.

“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. (NW)