The Office of the President, including President Rodrigo Duterte, should lead government agencies in subjecting its officials and personnel to undergo drug test, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said Monday.
Trillanes made the statement after undergoing the drug test being conducted in the Senate.
“Ang sa akin, ang panawagan ko dapat Office of the President ang una, dapat si Duterte mismo para malaman ng taumbayan kung ‘yung mismong namumuno ng war on drugs ay hindi impluwensiyado ng illegal na droga,” he said when asked by reporters if other agencies should also conduct drug test.
He added the First Family should also voluntarily submit themselves to the drug test to prove to the public that they were the first ones to follow their father’s order.
“Dapat magkusa sila kasi maraming pinapatay ‘yung tatay nila, itong si Duterte, kaya dapat beyond reproach ang first family,” he said.
The senator said he voluntarily submitted himself to the drug test to show to the public that their public servants are not under the influence of drugs.
“It’s in the interest ng ating mga kababayan na malaman na ‘yung mga public servants nila ay hindi durugista, hindi under the influence ng illegal drugs,” he said.
Aside from Trillanes, Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III, Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri, Senators Gregorio Honasan II, Paolo Benigno Aquino IV, and Loren Legarda also underwent drug test.
Zubiri said the drug testing in the Senate is a good example to other agencies and they should follow suit.
“Magandang ehemplo ito para sa ating iba’t ibang ahensiya ng gobyerno, sana gawin po nila ito. Kami sa Senado ay nangunguna at of course ang mga senador. Maganda ito para makatulong tayo sa programa ng gobyerno in the fight against illegal drugs,” he told reporters.
As of 3:30 pm, of the 419 Senate employees randomly picked, only 342 subjected themselves to the drug test while 76 failed to show up. The Senate has a total of 1,698 personnel.
Trillanes, Duterte should've been tested first in Drug Test
4/ 5Oleh BNP Correspondent