Chil­dren’s rights above pro­posed manda­tory drug test, CHR re­minds gov’t

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“The Com­mis­sion on Hu­man Rights (CHR) re­minds the govern­ment of its obli­ga­tion to al­ways put pre­mium on the wel­fare and rights of the chil­dren.”

The CHR said this on Satur­day fol­low­ing the re­cent So­cial Weather Sta­tions (SWS) sur­vey re­sult show­ing 51-per­cent ap­proval of Filipinos on the pro­posed manda­tory drug test in sec­ondary level schools.

The CHR added that there must be “suf­fi­cient guide­lines” if the manda­tory drug test would be im­ple­mented, not­ing that there should be no sanc­tions im­posed.

“There should be suf­fi­cient guide­lines should this ini­tia­tive push through, which pro­hibits the school or agen­cies from im­pos­ing sanc­tions—ad­min­is­tra­tive or crim­i­nal—to those found to be a user or de­pen­dent, and will not, in any way, af­fect the chil­dren’s ac­cess to their right to ed­u­ca­tion,” CHR said in a state­ment.

In a Septem­ber 2018 sur­vey, SWS found more than 5 out of 10 Filipinos agree with the pro­posed manda­tory drug test­ing in sec­ondary level schools.

Mean­while, the sur­vey re­sult also showed that 36 per­cent dis­agreed and 13 per­cent were some­what un­de­cided,

Last Thurs­day (Nov. 8), Pres­i­den­tial Spokesper­son Sal­vador Panelo said in a Palace brief­ing that pro­posal of the Philippine Drug En­force­ment Agency (PDEA) to con­duct manda­tory drug test­ing on stu­dents from Grade 4 and above was “a good idea.”

“At least par­ents will know whether or not their chil­dren are ad­dicted or be­ing used in the drug in­dus­try,” Panelo said.

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