The presidential and vice-presidential candidates’ declaration of their willingness to undergo a drug test has been music to the ears of senior officials of the Philippine National Police (PNP).
For the head of the PNP, General Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar, such a declaration is a reflection of the candidates’ commitment to drug-free governance.
âWithin the Philippine National Police, we welcome the declaration of our presidential candidates to submit to drug testing and see it as a commitment to the need to continuously tackle the problem of illegal drugs. in the country, âEleazar said.
He said that as candidates for government office, the candidates for the May 2022 election should indeed be at the forefront to show the public that they are clean and that they will continue to tackle the problem.
Vice President Leni Robredo and Senator Panfilo Lacson have already expressed their intention to support the decision to require national and local applicants to undergo a drug test. The same expression of support was expressed by Senators Manny Pacquiao and Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, Mayor of Manila Isko Moreno and former Senator Bongbong Marcos.
Eleazar said that candidates’ willingness to be tested for drugs resembles the vaccination program in which many people were convinced to be vaccinated after seeing key government officials receive the vaccine, regardless of the brand. .
Five vice presidential candidates have also expressed their willingness to support the movement – Senators Vicente Sotto, Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan and Christopher “Bong” Go, party representative Buhay Lito Atienza and Doc Willie Ong.
Sotto was also quoted as saying he included the drug test in Republic Law 9165, or the Dangerous Drugs Law of 2002, but was shot by the Supreme Court on constitutional issues.
“On behalf of the PNP, we will support whatever strategies are implemented by our next leaders on the campaign against illegals because despite criticism, this campaign has resulted in a significant reduction in crime in the country”, Eleazar said.
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