Greetings po sa inyong lahat. newbie po at salamat at na-activate na rin account ko para makapag post. kating-kati na ako makishare sa mga idea nyo.
eto po ang una kong hirit... tungkol sa mga PUL-POL-LITIKOS natin na ayaw magpa drug test. kung exempted sila, sana exempted na rin tayong mga gun owners. sabagay, baka nga naman magkabukuhan na ang mga politikong ito ang ulo ng mga durugista
Law requiring drug tests on candidates toothless -- Comelec
By Jerome Aning
Last updated 09:15pm (Mla time) 02/07/2007
MANILA, Philippines -- Commission on Elections chair Benjamin Abalos Sr. is urging all political candidates to comply with Republic Act 9165 requiring them to undergo drug-testing certifications.
But Abalos acknowledged that the poll body could compel only the local candidates to comply with RA 9165 because the application of the law on legislators has been challenged at the Supreme Court.
According to Section 36 of RA 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, all candidates for elective positions, whether national or local, must undergo drug-testing.
But a pending challenge states that the requirements for candidates for the Senate and the House of Representatives are already stated in the 1987 Constitution.
Abalos admitted Comelec was helpless in requiring congressional candidates to submit such certifications because the Constitution did not include passing a drug test as a qualification for national legislators.
In fact, Abalos said two senators -- Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada and Aquilino Pimentel Jr. -- and one representative failed to submit the certification that they underwent drug testing during the last elections.
In the end, it would be up to the leaderships of the Senate and House whether to allow those who failed to undergo the drug tests to take their seats in the legislature.
"We wrote the Senate president and the House speaker to invite their attention about the matter but nothing came out of it," Abalos recalled.
For local candidates from governor down to village officials, the Department of Interior and Local Government enforces the provision on drug-testing and the agency could legally prevent any winning candidate from assuming office if he or she fails to undergo drug-testing, according to Abalos.
Abalos said Comelec could at least inform voters through public notices -- a virtual shame campaign.
"It is still the law so we will enforce it even if our enforcement is without teeth," he said.
However, he recounted that the agency did the same thing in 2004, but its effort was "disregarded by the voters and they (candidates who did not undergo drug testing) were still elected."