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MANILA, Philippines -- Three of 200 military personnel administered surprise drug tests Tuesday morning tested positive.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Task Group Jacob conducted the mandatory tests on 33 officers, 157 enlisted personnel and 10 civilian employees of the
Standing Joint Task Force-National Capital Region right after a drug information seminar.
AFP spokesman Colonel Arnulfo Burgos said the three personnel who tested positive, whose names and ranks he withheld, will still undergo confirmatory tests by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.
Should they still test positive, they will be investigated and could face charges.
Since the launch of the AFP's anti-illegal drugs Task Force Moses, 350 officers, 3,609 enlisted personnel and 344 civilian employees have been subjected to drug tests.
Thus far, 19 enlisted personnel and three militiamen have tested positive and 12 of them discharged from the service.