Sunday, March 31, 2019

Repost: Senate Calls for Networks to Conduct Surprise Drug Test on Talents

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Senators support the call for television networks to conduct drug testing among its artists and employees.

Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Friday said networks could take it upon themselves to police their own ranks.

A former actor and noon-time show host, Sotto said television networks, anyway, are aware who among their talents have links to the illegal drug trade.

“The networks can easily do that (drug testing) if they want to, because as a matter of fact, they know who among their talents are into drugs,” Sotto told reporters in a text message.

“The irony is that the bosses of these persons know who they (those involved) are and are not doing anything about it,” he added.

Sotto also expressed support for the proposed release of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency’s (PDA) celebrity narco-list but said that the inclusion of actors and other personalities should be validated.

He added that the term “celebrities” should not be limited to members of show business, but “also basketball players and other public figures.”

Sen. Panfilo Lacson, on the other hand, maintained his position against any release of names in the narco-list.

“Sa akin in the first place ‘di dapat gawin public unless nag-file ka na ng case. Kasi pag file ka na ng case, matter of public record so necessarily lalabas ang mga pangalan (To me, in the first place, it should not be made public unless you already have filed a case. Because if you did file a case, it would [be] a matter of public record and necessarily, names would come out),” Lacson told reporters in a press briefing.

He said the list remains an “intelligence information” and could be proven wrong unless it is backed by evidence. It would be unfair, he said, to make public the names only to be retracted later on.

“The best yardstick on whether or not the information on the involvement of any local government officials or actors, actresses, media in illegal drugs is validated, is evidence because these are factual,” he said in English and Filipino.

Sen. Sonny Angara also believed that television networks could help in the government’s efforts against illegal drugs “by conducting [drug] tests as well”.

For his part, Sen. Joel Villanueva said he is certain that television networks, like other employers, support the drive against drug abuse in the country.

“Employers usually subject their applicants to pre-employment medical tests which includes drug testing,” the chairman of the Senate labor committee said.

He, however, reminded that the objective of the drug test “still should be to rehabilitate individuals testing positive, and not just to shame them and deprive them of employment.”

PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino earlier said 31 celebrities aged 20s to 30s were included in the agency’s drugs watch list for supposedly using shabu, ecstasy, marijuana and even cocaine.

But since the PDEA list is different from those of other law enforcement agencies, Aquino said the figure may reach 100.

59 comments:

  1. sana may surprise drug test din sa senado

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  2. Surprise drug test din sana sa senate at congress para patas

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  3. Syempre kung may mag positive pagtatakpan din yan ng network nila

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    1. tanggalin nila yang mga artistang gumagamit para hindi tularan ng mga fans.

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  4. As if naman ilalaglag ng network ang mga talent nila

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  5. Sa Malacanang din sana

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  6. Sana lahat NG pulitiko I surprise drug test din. Para patas ang batas kuno

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    1. Sana pati pamilya mga anak at mga apo nila ipa drug test din para patas ang laban.

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  7. It's unconstitutional, it violates privacy. Sa schools nga pahirapan pa ipatupad ang mandatory drug testing, sa talents pa kaya. Kaysa habulin mga individual personalities, unahin habulin niyo druglords at cartels pati mga politician protectors at kasabwat.

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    1. Sa work namin meron ganyan hnd naman pahirapan.. if you have nothing to hide bakit ka tatanggi dba..

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    2. How does it violates privacy? Tapos pag may na murder or na rape na ka work mate mo dahil naka droga pala ang isang kasamahan nyo ano na? Please remember,Nasa huli ang pagsisisi

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    3. Puede ba, unahin nilang mang huli muna ng mga druglords. Tone-toneladang shabu at cocaine nakaka lusot na sa customs at karagatan, wala pang big time na chinese druglord ang nahuhuli. Mga mahihirap lang napapatay, pero mga big time druglords, wala pa din. Puro narco list lang at matrix. Useless system...

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    4. Talagang it violates privacy, you need a warrant first before a mandatory drug test is done. That's why they cannot release any user's name unless it is verified.

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    5. Sana ang leaders muna, ipakita nila na kaya nilang isuko ang kanilang constitutional rights nila bago ipatalo ang sa mga mamamayan.

      @1:48, di lahat ng crimes nagawa dahil naka drugs. Ang Cebu girl di naman ni-rape biktima or naka drugs ang suspect.

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    6. How does it violates privacy??? sila mismo gumawa at pumirma sa batas na DATA PRIVACY ACT.

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    7. “ If you have nothing to hide..” o sige pakita mo bank records mo pati na kasuluk sulukan ng bahay mo. Wala ka namang tinatago. FYI, once you submit to this kind of testing, pwede na ma-abuse ang info. Eh paano kung may galit sayo tapos i-alter yung results?

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  8. Sya muna mauna hahahaha

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    1. Hindi yan maglalakas loob gurl kung nag ddrugs sya

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    2. Clean-living yan. Wala syang bisyo

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  9. Yeah... Yeah... Though hindi ako agree sa paggamit ng illegal drugs, pero naiirita ako na bakit ang user ang madalas napaparusahan or worse napapatay at hindi yung mga ugat ng drugs. Kung gusto niyo masugpo ang drugs, go for the big roots. Minsan maiisip mo na parang for show na lang ang war on drugs na yan para sabihin na may maaksyon ala probinsyano silang ginagawa.

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    1. Pag usapan roots, wala kasi dito halos,asa ibang bansa, bali dito dinadala,so depende siguro sa laws pag ganun, di naman for show, ang problema kasi, yung mga na totokhang dati,bumabalik din,yung mga nakukulong dati, umuulit pa din, wag naman natin maliitin ung ginagawa nang govt. Ginagawa naman nila lahat kaya nga nakakasawa na ang balita tungkol dyan kasi di maubos ubos.

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    2. 1:44 think harder.

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    3. Totoo naman ang sinabi ni 1:44. Nakakalabas din naman ang nahuhuli kasi sa lagay. At saka kaya wala ding nahuhuli na malalaking druglord kasi ang mga protektor e mga nasa matataas na posisyon. Mahirap masugpo ang drugs sa atin kasi sobra lawak na.

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    4. So 1:44 So patayin yung user? Tapos hayaan ang druglords? COMMON SENSE, kaya bumabalik sa pagda-drugs kasi may drugs. Mapatay niyo man lahat ng adik. May bago pa rin na darating kasi buhay na buhay ang druglords.

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    5. So you're the PRESIDENT of the a country but could not do anything? That's the lamest excuse. Most of the time, sa real corporation, you get voted out by the board of members if you can't do the job :)

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    6. mahirap mong mabantayan lahat ng port of entry ng droga dahil mga islands ang Pilipinas. Maraming malulusutan yung mga droga galing ibang bansa

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    7. I didn't say that, 1:39 pm. Reading comprehension napakababa

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  10. o sige, basta may surprise nakaw-na-yaman test sa lahat ng mga opisyal ng gobyerno, bukod sa surprise drug test.

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  11. Mas kelangan tutukan ang mga drug lords kesa sa artista.

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  12. Hmmm....it’s illegal and against the law. Duh. Where’s due process and rule of law? Aber?

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    1. Companies can conduct random drug testing to their employees/ talents.

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    2. Sa school ng anak ko nag surprise drug test sila. Grade 5 to high school.

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    3. It’s constitutional. The one to conduct is a private institution and not the govt itself like schools

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    4. tama lang yan, pati nga mga taxi drivers required magpa drug test.

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    5. pantay sa batas, no exemptions to the rule of law. Bakit porke artista, walang drug test. Isama pati mga influencers and vloggers. Dahil kakaiba yung galawan ng mga iba and they could influence the public.

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  13. Gusto ko yun 1:27 am surprise audit ng yaman ng politicians and check against their salaries and businesses. Bakit nga ba wala namang drug lord ang nahuhuli- puro drug users lang lagi.

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    1. You're eight years too late for the real scumbags. Plaka pa lang ng sasakyan billiones na. Sama mo na yung MRT maintenance. Gusto mo talaga?

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  14. Yeah, go after the drug lords first, then the users. Palibhasa, sablay ang oplan tokhang. Kaya diversionary tactics at sa mga artista naman ang focus nila now.

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  15. Kunyari, galit sa addict and admin now, pero billions of shabus and cocaine, nakaka lusot sa customs. Tigilan nyo na ang panloloko sa bayan. Mulat na kami sa gimik nyo.

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  16. sana hindi na lang inanounce..surprise nga diba? lol

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  17. Kapag ordinaryong tao ang pusher at drug addict, tokhang agad or patsy, pero pag celebrity todo tago pa at ayaw ibunyag. Addict is an addict no matter kung ano ang disposition in life and the law must treat one equally.

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  18. Here we go again. Kanya kanya na naman post ng negative drug test results ang mga artista. Chicken or egg. Sino dapat utang puntiryahin: mga users para mawalan ng market ang mga drug lords or mga drug lords para mawala ng supply ang mga users? Very elementary. Target the drug lords. Kaso nga hindi ata kaya ni duterte sunduin ang big fish kaya mga small fish nalang daw.

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  19. bat hindi muna sila mauna. Nakakahiya naman maguutos ka ng drug test tapos kayo ayaw nyo.

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    1. Pati buong pamilya ng mga senador dapat ipa drug test din anak apo pati asawa para pantay pantay

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  20. Ha ha... war on drugs is a funny joke on pinoys :) May nahuli na bang drug lord or lords? Ang alam ko, ang casualty lang ng drug war so far ay yung poor users. So war on drugs is actually war on poor people.

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  21. The network would hide unfavorable results as that will also strike negatively on their brand so goodluck

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  22. Unahin ang mga politician lol

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  23. kung walang tinatago, bakit takot magpa drug test mga artista? kung mga regular employee nga walang magawa biglang dinudrug test.

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    1. pano kung may galit sa artista tapos i alter ang result or i alter ang result tapos gipitin sila kahit hindi talaga sila gumamit? or pano kung palpak sila tapos hindi naman pala talaga gumamit ng droga pero na publicize na nila? alam naman nating once na ma out sa public malaking issue yan maraming madaling maniwala pano kung wrongly accused pala wala namang masama kung mag ingat ang network nila kasi baka gagamitin ng gobyerno yang drug results na yan para gipitin ang network o artista para sumunod sa mga gusto nila para hawak nila sa leeg yung media o mga artista.

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    2. ah talaga ba, so kung artista bawal mabulgar, pero pag common tao ok lang? 1:39

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    3. 1:39 umalma ka kung na publicize ka, kasi bakit mga ibang narco politicians same thing, hindi naman sure kung totoo pero may listahan. So dapat parehas lang din ang trato sa local celebrities.

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    4. ibulgar din dapat yan para hindi tularan ng mga fans. Also mas malaki ang responsibilidad ng artista dahil daming humahanga sa kanila tapos nagdodroga.

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  24. Mauna muna kayo bago sila. Haay dami nagpapabango.

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  25. No exemptions, regular na tao or celebrities, isama nyo din ang mga Vloggers or so called influencers.

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  26. Start with the senate, relatives of the administration , I'm sure you'll hit the jackpot.

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  27. Dito sa corporate world, pag bagsak ang empleyado sa drug test, tatanggalin. Dapat ganyan din sa mga network. Ayaw niyong kumalat ang drugs sa workplace, sa network , magtanggal kayo ng mga taong nag dodroga.

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