Enrique Gil, Jake Cuenca, lead Star Magic artists in voluntary drug testing

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Enrique Gil and Jake Cuenca were among 40 Star Magic artists whose drug test results were ‘100-percent negative’

Enrique Gil and Jake Cuenca were among 40 Star Magic artists whose drug test results were ‘100-percent negative’

And what of John Lloyd Cruz and Daniel Padilla?
Shortly after President Rodrigo Duterte confirmed that he also has in his possession a list of celebrities involved in both drug use and/or drug peddling, speculations as to which famous names figure on the list quickly spread like—well—illegal substances.

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While most hunches have generally been made via day-to-day whisperings among tinsletown insiders, and as blind items in several tabloids, top ABS-CBN actor Enrique Gil was explicitly named in a certain column as part of Duterte’s list.

Gil has recently been seen in the prime time drama Dolce Amore, across leading lady Liza Soberano. The pair forms the widely popular “LizQuen” tandem both in television and film.

Alarmed over such damaging accusations, The Manila Times learned that ABS-CBN’s talent management arm, Star Magic, who sees to the careers of Gil and most of the network’s prized and upcoming artists, quickly mounted a supervised drug testing effort over the weekend to belay rumors of illegal substance abuse in its community.

In a statement sent via text message, Star Magic reported, “Results were 100-percent negative for Jake Cuenca, Enrique Gil, Diego Loyzaga and the rest of the Star Magic artists [who took the drug test].”

A total of 40 talents volunteered to test for drug use, but the official list of names is still unavailable to media as of press time.

The statement ended with the company’s pledge to support the administration’s unwavering war against drugs: “Star Magic believes in the efforts of the current campaign to keep our homes and working environments drug free.”

JL and DJ
In an effort to give two other major celebrities whose names have also emerged in this controversy the opportunity to clear their reputation, The Manila Times asked a reliable source within Star Magic if John Lloyd Cruz and Daniel Padilla had submitted themselves for testing.

John Lloyd Cruz and Daniel Padilla were not among the first batch of artists who underwent drug testing, both busy over the weekend with prior committments

John Lloyd Cruz and Daniel Padilla were not among the first batch of artists who underwent drug testing, both busy over the weekend with prior committments

Cruz—a multi-awarded movie actor who is often considered the best in his generation—while known to keep a very private life has long been written about for drinking escapades, some of which have ended in notorious squabbles. More recently, several blind items have heavily suggested he is also into drugs.

On the other hand, there are rumors that Duterte supporter and action star Robin Padilla requested the President to hold off on releasing the list of celebrity drug users because his nephew Daniel is allegedly on the list.

Without confirming or denying any knowledge that the two celebrities are involved in any way with illegal substances, The Manila Times source simply said that JL and DJ—Cruz and Padilla’s respective monikers in the biz—had been busy over the weekend.

“They are both Star Magic artists,” the source categorically stated. “But JL had previous commitments out of town when the testing took place; as well as DJ who had shooting schedules for [his upcoming movie]Barcelona.”

The source quickly added, “For the record, the 40 artists who volunteered to be tested for drugs just comprise the first batch; Star Magic is committed to hold further drug testing for its artists.”

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5 Comments

  1. pag walang TinaTago= Drug Test agad, dba?? para magka -Alaman na Agad… Walang busy busy, Drug test agad..

    Baka may mga Drug Addict or User sa Show time….

  2. Depending on the drugs these people are taking drug testing does not prove a thing.
    Some drugs are out of the system in a day or 2.
    So forgive me for not being impress by someone submitting to a drug test when they feel like it.

    A random unscheduled drug test is the only thing that counts.

  3. Robin Padilla is not being fair in trying to hold off naming the artist on drug list. The generals, mayors, judges, police have careers, dignity, reputation as well but Duterte named them in public without any dialogues or meeting.

  4. Star MAGIC is under ABIAS-CBN and will definitely do everything to cover up for their bread and butter (Top earner artists)What can you expect from their initiated drug tests, Obviously these will be biased. The names of these artist came out due to the number of arrested drug suppliers and user who confessed and admitted the names of these artist as user and pushers as well.