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Medal of Valor awardee, AFP reservists take drug test

MANILA, Philippines – A Medal of Valor awardee on Saturday, July 23, led some 1,000 military reservists in undergoing a voluntary drug test inside the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Reserve Command headquarters.

Colonel Noel S. Buan, the acting AFP Deputy Chief of Staff for Reservist and Retiree Affairs, joined Reserve Command Chief Brigadier General Leoncio A. Cirunay, Jr in the drug test.

Cirunay and Buan, according to a release from the AFP, wanted to “set an example” for reservists.

None of the reservists tested positive for illegal drugs, noted the AFP.

DRUG TESTING. AFP reservists undergo voluntary drug testing at Camp Emilio Aguinaldo.

Photo courtesy of the AFP

The voluntary drug test on Saturday is only the latest taken under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte. Other branches of military service, the civilian police force, and even different government agencies have taken tests ate different times.

Duterte’s main promises in the 2016 campaign include a strong campaign against illegal drugs, crime, and corruption. The AFP’s Procurement Service, Command and General Staff College, and the Headquarters Service Command, all underwent drug tests recently. All units are “drug-free,” according to the AFP.

Buan was awarded the Medal of Valor – the highest military honor – for risking his life during a one hour and a half ecnounter against Abu Sayyaf members in Lantawan, Basilan on April 8, 2004. – Rappler.com