Vinluan pledges to help drug using cops dismissed from service

By: Alven Marie A. Timtim August 21,2019 - 07:14 AM

Police Colonel Gemma Vinluan, Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) chief, holds a press briefing at Camp Sotero Cabahug, Gorordo Avenue, Barangay Lahug, Cebu City, on August 20, 2019.

CEBU CITY, Philippines — With the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) more than halfway into completing its internal drug cleansing among its 1,104 personnel, CCPO chief Police Colonel Gemma Vinluan vowed to help those officers found positive of drug use when dismissed from service.

Vinluan told reporters on Tuesday, August 20, that  she and Police Brigadier General Debold Sinas, Police Regional Office in Central Visayas (PRO-7) director, would still be lending their support to the policemen who will be dismissed from service after they tested positive during the series of drug tests conducted by CCPO.

“Gusto natin na pag sila ay natanggal sa PNP (Philippine National Police) meron silang bagong buhay na kakaharapin,” said Vinluan.

(When they are dismissed from PNP, we want them to have a new life they can look forward to.)

Vinluan added that aside from making sure that these men will be rehabilitated, she will also try to look for resources that would help them establish their livelihood after rehabilitation.

“Para makabalik sila sa community na productive pa rin (So they can still be productive when they go back to the community),” said Vinluan.

Out of the 60 percent of city cops who underwent drug test, three police officers tested positive and were relieved from the service immediately, she revealed.

Read more: CCPO chief: All Cebu City cops to undergo drug tests

Vinluan said they have found sponsors to shoulder the cost of the drug rehabilitation of the three police officers found positive of drug use. /elb

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