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1-strike policy for cops in drug war

By Marlon Ramos, Alcuin Papa
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 04:23:00 02/03/2009

Filed Under: Police, Illegal drugs, Casinos & Gambling

MANILA, Philippines?Interior Secretary Ronaldo Puno on Monday said a ?one-strike policy? will be put in place against police officers caught in cahoots with drug dealers.

Puno, who also chairs the National Police Commission (Napolcom), likewise directed local government officials to make the campaign against illegal drugs a priority in their localities.

Speaking at the 18th anniversary of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City, Puno said the one-strike policy proved successful in the drive against the illegal numbers game ?jueteng.?

?This is not a speech, but a statement of intentions and of fact. We will not be playing games with you. We can do it and we?re going to do it,? Puno said, addressing assembled police officials.

In the PNP drive against jueteng, police chiefs are removed if a gambling operation in their turf is raided by another police unit.

The relief of two city or town police chiefs results in the sacking of the provincial police director, while the relief of three provincial directors means the axe for the regional police director.

?Enough is enough. This government is dead serious about erasing the country?s image as the regional capital for narcotics trafficking and drug use,? Puno said.

Puno did not provide details of the new policy, but said PNP and Napolcom officials were working on its particulars and it will be issued in the next few days.

He said the policy will be ?a harsh one.?

?(It will be) a hard policy because we want to ensure that everybody will understand we are serious about beating the problem of illegal drugs,? he said.

To avoid the police being part of the problem, Puno said he had ordered random drug tests conducted on police officers nationwide. An officer who tests positive will be relieved and will face administrative charges.

?Refusal to take the test is a sign of insubordination. No one can refuse to be tested,? Puno said.



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