Saturday, July 23, 2016

162 AFPPS military, civilian personnel successfully hurdle surprise drug test

From the Philippine News Agency (Jul 23): 162 AFPPS military, civilian personnel successfully hurdle surprise drug test

All 162 officers, enlisted personnel and civilian employees of the AFP Procurement Service have passed the surprise random drug testing conducted last July 21, according to AFP public affairs office chief Col. Edgard in a statement Saturday.

Arevalo said the random drug test was ordered by AFP chief-of-staff Gen. Ricardo Visaya as part of the efforts to keep the military service drugs free.

He said the testing took place on July 21, which was in time for the AFPPS' two-day semi-annual Command Conference held in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

"All the 162 officers, enlisted personnel, and civilian employees underwent the test and everyone passed," he added.

The AFPPS, which is commanded by Brig. Gen. Alvin Francis A Javier, was the third AFP unit based in Camp Aguinaldo to conduct service-wide drug testing.

The first was the AFP Command General Staff College and the General Headquarters and Headquarters Service Command and both were declared 100 percent drug free.

Members of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines' Task Force “Moses” conducted the random drug testing while the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency supervised the process to ensure that proper procedures were observed.

“This is in line with our Commander-in-Chief President Rodrigo Duterte’s all-out campaign against illegal drugs that is being vigorously implemented in various AFP units at the headquarters and the units below by the AFP chief-of-staff Gen. Ricardo Visaya,” Javier said.

For his part, Visaya reiterates that, “The AFP will continue to fulfill its mandate to protect the people and the State and secure the sovereignty of the State and the integrity of the national territory.”

“And I intend to do that through an illegal-drugs free Armed Forces of the Philippines to ensure that the AFP will be the example of an institution that supports the vision of our President and Commander-in-Chief Rodrigo Duterte," he added.

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