Vigan City, Ilocos Sur: All Ilocos Sur government officials and employees led by Gov. Ryan Luis Singson underwent drug tests at the provincal capitol this week in a bid to show a good example and weed out the province of the drug menace. An “emergency meeting” for all employees of the Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur turned out as a “surprise drug test” where members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan were also tested. Singson said there was no possibility that anyone could escape the testing because provincial capitol guards watched the activity. “Those who will turn out positive of drugs will be immediately terminated from their positions,” Singson firmly said, adding, “we should uphold the public trust and government officials should be the role model. If someone turned positive in this drug test, he will be immediately dismissed. It’s too late now for them to surrender,” he said. To make it province-wide, Singson ordered all town mayors to initiate the same drug testing in their own localities.
THOM F. PICAÑA