All soldiers and civilians conducting intelligence operations in different parts of the country are set to undergo random drug tests soon, the military said.

The “counter-intelligence operation” was prompted by incidents of narcotics abuse, drug trafficking, and drug-related crimes which have increased to “alarming levels,” Brig. Gen. Caesar Ronnie Ordoyo, chief of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP), said.

Random drug tests will be carried out by Task Group Jacob, a recently-formed unit under ISAFP, in Camp Aguinaldo, all unified commands, and service support units, Ordoyo said.

As part of the tests, some 387 ISAFP personnel including those who belong to the task group and its supervisory Task Force Moses, had their urine samples checked on Monday for drug use, he said.

Monday’s test was aimed at establishing “moral ascendancy” for those who will carry out random drug tests, the ISAFP chief said.

No one, including Ordoyo, tested positive for using illegal drugs, Armed Forces spokesman Col. Arnulfo Burgos said.

Those who will be found positive of using drugs in the upcoming tests will be “immediately” placed under investigation by the AFP Provost Marshall and may face penalties as severe as dismissal from military service, Burgos said. (John Roson)

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