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‘Suffer the consequences’ – Guv on drug test failures

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• GILBERT P. BAYORAN

Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson yesterday said that the 20 positive drug tested Capitol employees will “suffer the consequences” of their action.

Additionally, sixteen other Capitol employees showed faint traces of shabu use, Provincial Administrator Atty. Rayfrando Diaz disclosed earlier.

All the 36 Capitol employees will be subject to confirmatory testing, Diaz added.

“As I said before, we will deal with it in accordance with Civil Service Rules,” Lacson said.

Of the more than 3,000 Capitol employees, about 2,300 have been drug tested, including elected officials.

It has not been determined yet if among those that tested positive for use of shabu and marijuana are drivers of Capitol service vehicles.

Another round of drug testing has been scheduled for those assigned at Capitol-managed hospitals.

Those who tested positive for drug use who are Job Order and Contract of Service workers, will lose their jobs starting next year, while regular employees will face administration sanctions, Diaz said.

Diaz had earlier disclosed that about 20 other Capitol employees will lose their jobs, starting next year, as their termination was recommended by their respective department heads.*

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