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I hate drugs! Sara Duterte fires city employees positive for marijuana

Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has terminated the three employees under Job Order contracts after testing positive for drug abuse as she vowed to continue to cleanse the city government of workers using illegal drugs.

In an interview Friday, Duterte-Carpio said the three had tested positive for marijuana use during a mandatory random drug test of the city government.

“Pagawas sa result (When the result was released) I immediately terminated the employees,” she said.

While she has vowed to continue the series of drug tests for government employees, the mayor said she asked the City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CADAC) to temporarily suspend the drug test after noticing that employees are preparing for it.

“Nawala ang element of surprise (The element of surprise is lost). But I will resume it unannounced,” she assured.

Earlier, CADAC Action Officer Michael Denton Aportadera said the three were among the 1,127 employees who underwent the random drug test last October.

The results were submitted for confirmatory test and it turned out they are really positive for illegal drug use.

Under the civil service law, anyone who tested positive during the mandatory random drug test will be terminated from the local government.

Aportadera underscored the importance of ensuring that all the city hall employees are clear from illegal drugs since they carry the name of the city government whether they are regular or contractual.

“Mayor Sara is very much keen with a clean lifestyle especially among city hall employees since we are the front liners in serving the people and as a government employee we should also follow the rules of law,” he said.

Aportadera said more employees will undergo mandatory random drug tests to cover the close to 12,000 employees of the city government.

As to plantilla or regular employees, Duterte-Carpio said there is a civil service law that she will follow.

But she said in the interview that she will discuss this with the Human Resources Management Office (HRMO) with regards to sanctions for plantilla employees who will be found using illegal drugs. (Lilian C. Mellejor/PNA)

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