PDEA: 53 drivers, bus conductors test positive for drug use

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 16) — The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said Monday 53 drivers and bus conductors nationwide tested positive for illegal drug use.

The anti-drug agency conducted drug tests in 18 Metro Manila bus terminals as well as in terminals near their regional offices.

PDEA Spokesperson Derrick Carreon, however, said these surprise tests are just initial findings and those who will test positive for drug use will still undergo confirmatory testing.

"They will all be subjected to confirmatory tests. Meanwhile, 'yun pong mga nag-initial or presumptive positive na ito, kahit screening test man lang siya, we will not run the risk na sila ay magba-biyahe," Carreon told CNN Philippines.

[Translation: They will all be subjected to confirmatory tests. Meanwhile, those who tested positive initially or presumptive positive, even if it is just a screening teat, we will not run the risk that they will be plying their routes.]

Carreon said they have coordinated with the Land Transportation Office and the Department of Health to provide intervention programs for those drivers and bus conductors who tested positive.

The Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act of 2013 prohibits driving under the influence of illegal drugs.

Carreon added the bus operators may also be held liable.

"This is without prejudice to any sanctions imposed by the company if they have an internal policy governing or attending to drug use among their employees," he explained.