SENATOR Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said he is willing to take a drug test to prove that he is not using any prohibited drugs such as cocaine, heroin or shabu.
“As what I have been saying, I am wiling to undergo any test, including a DNA test,” the senator told reporters after a flag-raising ceremony in San Juan City (Metro Manila) that was attended by Mayor Guia Gomez.
“I can take [a blood or drug]test if that’s what the people want,” he said in response to a challenge from Sen. Grace Poe that all presidential and vice presidential candidates undergo a drug test.
But the Liberal Party (LP) on Monday rejected the challenge.
Senate President Franklin Drilon, LP vice chairman, said he sees no need for presidential and vice presidential candidates to be tested for drugs.
“I am not in favor of a drug test. Come on, you are a candidate for the highest office in this land, I would like to think that having presented yourself, you are not indulging in this vice, so I don’t see a need for a drug test,” Drilon told the weekly Pandesal forum in Quezon City.
“It’s up to them [candidates]if they want to do a drug test but I don’t see the need for a drug test. But what I see the need for is for them to reveal their complete medical records,” he said.
Marcos said there is no problem with his health.
“The people have the right to know your health condition. That’s a superb suggestion. For me there is no problem,” he told reporters.
The senator earlier called on the government to strengthen its anti-drug campaign.
“Unless the government can attend to its own backyard first by cleansing the ranks of public officers and employees of those involved in illegal drugs, we cannot launch a credible nationwide campaign against the drug menace,” Marcos said.