53 bus drivers and conductors tested positive during the surprise drug tests conducted by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) at 89 public transport terminals all over the country as part of their Oplan Huli Week.
PDEA Dir. Gen. Aaron Aquino said that the number, composed of 35 bus drivers, 17 conductors, and a dispatcher, tested positive for crystallized methamphetamine, locally known as shabu.
Aquino said that bus employees that tested positive for illegal drugs will still undergo confirmatory tests.
“We are also doing this to curb incidents of vehicular accidents caused by drugged drivers and make the roads safer, especially this Lenten Season’s travel rush,” Aquino said.
The data of PDEA from January 2018 to January 2019 shows that 3,654 bus drivers, bus conductors, and dispatchers have been arrested for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Act, also known as the Republic Act 9165.