The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) will file an administrative case against two of its personnel who were caught in a drug buy-bust operation in Zamboanga City on 15 May 2021.
PCG Commandant, Admiral George V Ursabia Jr denounced unlawful actions of public servants in the organization, especially drug-related offenses.
“I have been repeatedly urging our men and women to live up the ideals of genuine PCG – patriotism, compassion, and fear of God. I compel fellow senior PCG officers and personnel to shepherd their subordinates towards serving with humility and compassion, and evidently, two of our senior PCG personnel’s alleged involvement in illegal drug activities is a clear dereliction of duty,” Admiral Ursabia exhorted.
During the buy-bust operation, the suspects, with the ranks of Petty Officer First Class (PO1) and Petty Officer Second Class (PO2), along with a local teacher, were found possessing four sachets of methamphetamine hydrochloride, also known as shabu, with an estimated market value of Php 200,000.
If proven guilty, Admiral Ursabia said involved senior PCG personnel will be 'dishonorably discharged' from the Coast Guard service.
“The PCG must be a drug-free humanitarian armed service in support of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s war on drugs. I enjoin fellow Filipinos to report PCG personnel and other public servants who are involved in this felonious act. We strongly condemn drug-related offenses and assure you that offenders in the organization will face the consequences of their actions,” he concluded.