Duterte says drug test for PNP will be mandatory

• Duterte disclosed plan to implement mandatory drug test for the entire PNP
• He said he will start the mandatory drug test on July 1
• The incoming president said he would buy more advanced drug testing kits from Japan

Incoming President Rodrigo Duterte said he will implement a mandatory drug test for all personnel of the Philippine National Police, including the generals, starting July 1.

Duterte disclosed his plan during a late night press conference held at the Royal Mandaya Hotel in Davao City on Thursday, May 26. He said he will implement it a day after taking his oath of office.

“On July 1. It will be a mandatory drug test, all of them, from generals [down to the lowest rank],” Karlos Manlupig of Inquirer quoted Duterte as saying.

Duterte, who will be proclaimed on Monday, May 30, as the winner of the May 9 presidential election after the official count of votes by the National Board of Canvassers showed him leading his closest rival, Mar Roxas, with over 6 million votes, said he wants a more advanced method of drug testing.

He said he would buy drug testing kits similar to those being used in Japan, which uses blood and not urine as specimen.

“The newer one… similar to the one being used to detect [blood sugar levels]. I want them (generals) to do it before me,” the incoming president said.

PNP Anti-illegal Drugs Group Chief of Staff Police Senior Superintendent Leonardo Suan was delighted with the planned mandatory drug tests for the entire PNP.

“That’s one good program. Actually, that’s one prevention so that no policeman would attempt to use illegal drugs,” Suan said in a statement.

Suan suggested that the schedule of drug tests must not be announced.

“Illegal substances stay in the body for only about 24 hours, especially shabu, that’s why it would be better not to announce the schedule of the drug test,” he explained.

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