Jail guards negative in surprise drug test

PNP Crime Laboratory confirmed that the jail guards assigned in the Siaton, Bayawan and Dumaguete District Jails are drugs-free based on the findings disclosed by the Philippine National Police Crime Laboratory.

Police Major Josephine Llena confirmed that all jail guards belonging to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology whose urine samples were taken in recent separate and surprise drug tests revealed negative results.

She said that there were 6 prison guards in Siaton, 23 in Bayawan City and 51 in Dumaguete City who underwent the tests and since they all tested negative there was no need to administer confirmatory tests.

It is not yet certain when will the guards of the Negros Oriental Rehabilitation and Detention Center or provincial jail be subjected to drug tests if only to prove that none of them are engaged in the use or selling of illegal drugs. But, none of the prison guards in the provincial jail has so far been tagged for involvement in the drugs trade.

Jail guards are sometimes suspected to be involved in the proliferation of illegal drugs amid reports that the supply originated from the National Bilibid Prisons with no less than high ranking officials of the BJMP allegedly facilitating or turning a blind eye on the multi-million trade.

Drug tests for inmates seemed farfetched considering the required funds needed to administer the tests.(By Dems Demecillo)

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