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Inmates, personnel of Quezon City jail undergo drug tests

INMATES and personnel of the Quezon City jail were tested for drugs on Tuesday as part of President Rodrigo Duterte’s ongoing war on drugs.

The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), and the city government conducted the tests initially on 914 inmates and 159 jail personnel. The Quezon City jail has 4,751 inmates.

Supt. Ermilito Moral, jail warden, stressed the importance of having “both the detainees and the city jail officials comply with PDEA.

“Conducting a regular drug test program here in Quezon City jail will let everyone know that the President is very firm on his program on war against drugs,” Moral told The Manila Times

Detainees and police officials who test positive for illegal drug use will be sent to the Quezon City Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Center or “Tahanan”. Officials will automatically be removed from their positions.

“If a personnel turns out to be an illegal drug user, he or she will be subjected for confirmation, the personnel may also be subjected to administrative cases and will be asked to undergo rehabilitation sessions in ‘Tahanan’,” Moral said.

The tests started at 9 a.m. with 10 PDEA representatives present during the activity.

The results may be released in October, Moral said. JOVE MOYA

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