• Take drug test, Marcos dares candidates

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    PROMISES, PROMISES Vice presidential candidates square off at the University of Santo Tomas – from left Senator Antonio Trillanes 4th , Rep. Leni Robredo, Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., Senator Gregorio Honasan, Senator Francis Escudero and Senator Alan Peter Cayetano. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    PROMISES, PROMISES Vice presidential candidates square off at the University of Santo Tomas – from left Senator Antonio Trillanes 4th , Rep. Leni Robredo, Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., Senator Gregorio Honasan, Senator Francis Escudero and Senator Alan Peter Cayetano. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    Vice presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Sunday said that he is willing to undergo a drug test and challenged all candidates to do the same.

    Marcos made the statement after various youth groups had asked presidential and vice presidential candidates to voluntarily submit themselves to a drug test to show they are really serious in fighting illegal drugs.

    “I have always been open to it. I am willing to undergo a drug test to show my sincerity in the fight against illegal drugs,” he said.

    “Everyone must take a drug test because that’s the only way we can show to the voters that we will indeed fight illegal drugs,” he added.

    Groups such as the National Youth Coordinating Council on Drug Abuse Prevention (NYCCDAP) and the National Youth Affairs on Drug Abuse Prevention and Education (NYADAPE) led the call for drug tests.

    “Our next leaders should be in a position to discuss drug use, and there can be no better way than to set an example for everyone,” Leo Archie Andes 3rd of NYADAPE said in a statement.

    Statistics from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) showed that more than 8,600 barangays are affected by the drug menace. Metro Manila Manila topped the list with 92 percent of its barangays affected, followed by Southern Tagalog at 33 percent.

    Marcos said that he will push for the revival of the death penalty for drug lords if he wins the vice presidential race.

    “I am principally against death penalty but I would take exception on big time drug peddlers and drug lords because of the menace they pose on society, especially the youth, the future of our country,” he said.

    The Ilocano senator said another major solution is to equip law enforcement agencies so they could fight drug syndicates head on.

    “We have a serious drug problem because mainly of corruption and poor law enforcement and we need to weed our system of those involved in illegal drug trade especially in our law enforcement agencies and then those in the service should be well-equipped to go after drug pushers and their principals,” he said.

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    1. GO GO GO GO BBM IS THE NEW VICE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES. HE HAS A BEAUTIFUL MIND NOT LIKE HIS OPPONENTS.. NGAYON MAG PA DRUG TEST KAYO LAHAT, PARA MALAMAN NG MAMAYANG KUNG SINO ANG GUMAGAMIT SA INYO NG DROGA…

    2. Sen. Bong Bong Marcos challenge all candidates not only for vice president but all from President down to Barangay Kagawad to take not only DRUG TEST BUT ALSO PHYCOLOGICAL AND DNA TESTS. Taking all these tests will make us all voters comfortable AS WE WILL KNOW WHO HAVE DRUG & PHYCOLOGICAL PROBLEMS AND WHO ARE RELATIVES SPECIALLY IN CONGRESS, EXECUTIVES AND LEGISLATIVE AS MANY CANDIDATES HAVE THE SAME FAMILY NAMES.
      This will also solve the Natural Born Citizenship issue of Sen. Grace Sonora Poe Llamanzares.

    3. matinong pinoy on

      Escudero would not, will not, shall not participate in voluntary drug testing, even it is mandated by law. It is a common knowledge in drug enforcement community about his associations with drug smugglers and drug lords. He is too powerful person, as PNoy is his best man during his wedding, and only consumes pure cocaine, not shabu, a poor man’s drug. This is Sen. Escudero, aspiring to be the Vice President of the Philippines.