A TOTAL of 127 members of the National Press Club (NPC) have been subjected to voluntary drug test in line with the media group’s ongoing program to support the Duterte government and Philippine National Police’s campaign against illegal drug trafficking and abuse with only one of the 127 testing positive for substance abuse.
NPC president Paul Gutierrez said that 25 NPC officials and staff underwent the drug test last October 24; followed by 48 from the Manila Police District Press Corps last November 4; 34 from the Quezon City Police District Press Corps last November 10; and 20 from the Camanava Press Corps last November 12.
Gutierrez said 126 of the NPC members were negative for shabu and marijuana but the 127th -- a member of the Camanava Press Corps -- was found positive for substance abuse during the initial screening conducted by the JKart Diagnostic Center, a Q.C.-based drug testing center owned by former PNP Crime Laboratory Group director, now retired Chief Superintendent Ma. Theresa Cid.
“We’re waiting for the result of the confirmatory test done by the Department of Health on the same urine sample of the person. However, I have ordered that the name of the individual be removed from the NPC roster. We will also inform the editor of the individual of the drug test result for appropriate actions,” the NPC president said without identifying the individual as part of the strict drug test confidentiality rules.
The NPC decided to subject its members to a drug test in support of President Duterte and PNP chief, Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ M. dela Rosa’s call on the public to ensure compliance to a drug-free workplace across the country. Gutierrez said that NPC members who will test positive for drug abuse will be removed from the organization. He added that more NPC members will be tested for drugs in the coming days.
“All Filipinos should support the presidential directive and we at the NPC are 100 percent behind the anti-drug program of the Duterte administration and the PNP leadership,” Gutierrez said.