8 test positive in surprise drug test at Cebu bus terminals


PDEA-7 conducts a surprise drug test at Cebu South Bus Station on Friday, April 8, 2022. | contributed photo

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Eight people tested positive in a surprise drug test conducted at Cebu South and North Bus Terminals on Friday, April 8, 2022.

Of the eight who tested positive on the drug test, three were bus drivers, one was a bus driver and four were taxi drivers. They were among 335 who were tested for the day.

However, these positive results are still subject to confirmatory drug testing, said Leia Albiar, spokeswoman for the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Central Visayas (PDEA-7).

Levi Ortiz, Director of PDEA-7, said that if these eight test positive after the confirmation test, their names would be forwarded to the Central Visayas Land Transport Office (LTO-7).

For his part, LTO-7 Law Enforcement Officer Aden Belza said those who test positive for the illegal drugs right after the confirmation test could be subject to revoking. licence, which means they will no longer be allowed to drive public vehicles.

Ortiz said in an interview that the move is the agency’s way of ensuring the general public will be safe while traveling. especially during the upcoming Holy Week which begins this Sunday with Palm Sunday.

Ortiz said they expect an influx of crowds into these terminals during Holy Week, as some will travel to their respective hometowns.

Apart from that, it is also their way of verifying that drivers and drivers are not under the influence of any kind of drugs while driving on Cebu roads.

Carmen Quijano, manager of Cebu South and North Bus Terminals, hailed the move as beneficial in ensuring passenger safety, especially in this holy week.

“Random man ni so sa atoang tanang mga drivers wa gyud namo pahibaw-a… to assure the public that we are safe,” Quijano said.

However, Quijano admitted that while there are many individuals who showed up for drug tests, there are still many drivers who did not, some of them are minibus drivers and conductors.

“I want to be honest, but the main problem is the mini-buses. Some of the mini buses, wa jod muanhi. Unya naa tay nasakpan mga two or three months ago driver ug conductor [tested positive]“said Quijano.

To address this issue, Quijano said she would call the bus operators of those minibus drivers who did not participate in today’s surprise drug tests at the terminals.

Quijano said he expects at least 30,000 passengers to use the terminals during the upcoming Holy Week.

/bmjo

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