9 PUV drivers and drivers fail drug test at PITX
September 4, 2022 | 00:00
MANILA, Philippines – Nine drivers and public utility vehicle (PUV) operators tested positive for illegal drug use during random drug testing at the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) on Friday.
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), in conjunction with the Land Transportation Office (LTO), the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board and the Southern Police District conducted the drug test to ensure the safety of the commuters using public transport.
PDEA National Capital Region chief Christian Frivaldo said of the 368 drivers and drivers who participated in the random drug tests, nine tested positive to be drug users based on the initial examination of their urine samples.
Six are PUV drivers while three are drivers. They have been handed over to LTO representatives for proper disposal while their urine samples will undergo confirmatory testing. Driving licenses were also confiscated.
The PDEA also distributed information, education and communication material on drug prevention during the activity.
Meanwhile, two people were arrested in a drug bust in Taguig on Friday that yielded 10.55 grams of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu worth 71,740 pesos.
Mark Anthony Barrera, 35, and Jessie Dacanay, 28, were arrested in Barangay Ususan around 10:40 p.m., according to SPD Director Brig. General Kirby John Kraft.
The pair reportedly brokered a deal with a policeman posing as a drug buyer for 500 pesos shabu.
The police also confiscated a mobile phone from the suspects.
The suspects face drug trafficking charges.