MANILA, Philippines— After testing positive for illegal drug use, two employees of Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) employees will be facing administrative charges.
BuCor chief Benjamin del Rosario said a random drug test was held Wednesday inside the New Bilibid Prison revealed two employees were found positive for use of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu.
The BuCor conducted drug testing to 585 persons deprived of liberty (PDL) and 1,023 employees from January to July this year as part of efforts to stamp out the use of illegal drugs inside the country’s prison and penal institutions.
The report revealed that of the 585 PDL 115 were found positive for methamphetamine and two of these numbers were also found positive for tetrahydrocannabinol and two BuCor employees were also found positive for methamphetamine.
Delos Santos said administrative charges would be filed against the two BuCor employees while the PDLs would have their Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) deducted.
Delos Santos said the BuCor has been conducting drug tests in correctional and penal institutions in the country for both inmates and their custodians to ensure that they are not using illegal drugs.
Recently, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II admitted that the narcotics trade has resumed at the national penitentiary though he added not at the same level as the previous years.
Aguirre ordered the NBI to investigate the resurgence of illegal drugs activity inside Bilibid.
He said while the authorities have already managed to stop 75 percent illegal drug trade inside Bilibid, new leaders have emerged and is attempting to start the drug trade. (Christopher Lloyd T. Caliwan/PNA)