Tuloy ang promosyon: Iloilo cop facing dismissal is negative for drugs

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An Iloilo policeman who faced dismissal instead of a promotion last June after testing positive for drugs is now eligible for promotion again, after being cleared in a confirmatory test.

SPO1 Redan Octaviano of the Iloilo Police Provincial Office was cleared by the National Reference Laboratory (NRL) of the Department of Health.

Octaviano had submitted a urine sample last June 22, as part of his application for promotion.

The Iloilo City police said the NRL-DOH confirmation test found “no illegal substance, particularly methamphetamine.”

The unnamed officer waived his right to have the second stage of validation.

Earlier this year, Octaviano and a PO3 from Negros Occidental found themselves in hot water after testing positive in an initial drug test.

Western Visayas police head Chief Superintendent John Bulalacao said the PO3 admitted using drugs but Octaviano challenged the test result, saying he was on medication at that time.