Malacañang not backing candidate drug test


MALACAÑANG will not support the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency’s (PDEA) proposal to have candidates in the 2019 midterm elections undergo mandatory drug testing.

“I think it should be voluntary and if the candidate doesn’t want to undergo a drug test, then the candidate should not be forced to,” said Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo. “If candidates have nothing to hide, then they can always volunteer.”

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier spoke against narco politicians and even showed portions of his narco list, which guides the government in its ongoing war on illegal drugs.

Meanwhile, Panelo assured the public that the President will not endorse candidates involved in the illegal drug trade.