Drug test will give candidates ‘plus points’ – PNP

It’s not a requirement for candidates but the Philippine National Police (PNP) said undergoing a drug test will help give them an edge in their election bid.

“I don’t need to encourage them. If it suits their campaign strategy, I think it would be a plus point for them if they voluntarily submit themselves for a drug test,” Chief Supt. Benigno Durana Jr., PNP spokesperson said.

“Well, we will see it in the elections, barangay or national… I think it’s a good PR [public relations] for them,” he added.

The PNP has repeatedly discouraged the voting public not to support candidates whom they know are involved in illegal drugs.

Meanwhile, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has recently sought to disqualify candidates who are suspected to be involved in various illegal drug activities.

The DILG will send on Friday to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) a list of their suspected narco-politicans in a bid to disqualify them from the elections.

The Comelec however said they cannot bar suspected narco-politicians from running for office unless the Supreme Court (SC) releases a ruling prohibiting them from participating in the 2019 elections.

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) show that over 90 local officials are being monitored for their alleged involvement to illegal drug activities.

As for the PNP, it said 576 government workers have been arrested in various anti-illegal drug operations from July 1, 2016, to August 31, 2018.

Of the number, 247 were elected officials.