CDO judges bats for drug test for all survey bets

Laboratory technicians from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency check various illegal drugs worth more than 14 million pesos before they are destroyed at a crematorium in the city of Cagayan de Oro on December 3. (Jigger Jerusalem)

CAGAYAN DE ORO – The judge of a local court appointed to hear drug cases has insisted on the need to require drug testing for all candidates for elected office, even though the Supreme Court has decided opposed it in 2008.

Judge Arthur Abundiente of section 25 of the regional trial court here, said that by dropping the requirement, “we risk eventually electing a drug addict or someone who is linked to the drug union.”

La sala d’Abundiente is one of two drug courts in the city. He is also the author of a book on the country’s war on drugs.

Mandatory drug testing is contained in Election Commission Resolution 6486 and Article 36 of Republic Law 9165 or Dangerous Drugs Law 2002. But these were declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. .

The issue of drug use among political figures resurfaced after the president. Rodrigo Duterte, in one of his speeches last month, revealed that a presidential candidate is a cocaine user.

Abundiente said the Supreme Court should have made a distinction on whether mandatory drug testing is a requirement or a qualification.

“It was (was) a bad decision because adding a required drug test result is not a qualification, it is only a requirement. You have to distinguish what is a qualification. and what is a requirement, ”he explained.

Abundiente witnessed the destruction on Friday of 14.15 million pesos of crystal meth or shabu, marijuana and various expired drugs at a local crematorium, chaired by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

Drugs were already presented as evidence in many drug cases.

Jigger Montallana, regional director of PDEA-10, said the destruction of illegal substances was to show that these drugs will not be “recycled” or resold.

“This aims to dispel the public idea that drugs will re-circulate on the streets. This is to assure our public that the drugs that have been confiscated are properly destroyed as required by law, ”added Montallana.


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