DoJ supports one-strike policy vs state workers in illegal drugs use
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has endorsed the stand taken by the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) for the implementation of a one-strike policy in dismissing government personnel found positive for illegal drugs use.
““I agree that a government official found positive for illegal drugs should be dismissed,” Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said.
Guevarra issued the statement in response to DDB Chairman Catalino Cuy’s declaration that public officials and employees should be dismissed from the service once they are found positive for illegal drugs for the first offense.
“The government campaign against illegal drugs should include, first and foremost, its own ranks,” Guevarra pointed out.
Since drug use is a criminal offense, Guevarra said “any government official found guilty of a criminal offense, malversation, for example, is also administratively liable.”
“We are standing our ground. It’s a DDB regulation and we wanted to be strict with government officials,” he said.