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PRESS RELEASE NO. 061/17

DATE: FEBRUARY 08, 2017

Some 548 personnel of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) were subjected to a surprise drug test on February 6, 2017 at the PDEA National Headquarters in Quezon City.

PDEA Director General Isidro S. Lapeña led the submission of urine samples that were taken from PDEA key officials, administrative/technical personnel and Drug Enforcement Officers (DEOs), who underwent the drug tests after a weekend break. The drug tests were administered by the PDEA Laboratory Service under Director Belen Banog right after the regular Monday flag-raising ceremony.

Results of the tests of the 323 males and 225 females all yielded negative results for the presence of illegal drugs.

“We should be drug-free. We want to show that we have the moral ascendancy to lead as prime implementers of the anti-drug law,” Lapeña said, adding that the Agency continues to cleanse its ranks in the face of issues of integrity and credibility.

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