Drug test urged for polls

Sun.Star Baguio - - FRONT PAGE - Jonathan Llanes Sun*Star Re­porter

BAGUIO City Mayor Mauri­cio Do­mo­gan has called on the Com­mis­sion on Elec­tion for the pos­si­ble in­clu­sion of a manda­tory drug test­ing for prospec­tive can­di­dates in the com­ing May 14, 2018 Barangay and San­guini­ang Ka­bataan elec­tions.

Do­mo­gan, who also chairs the Re­gional Peace and Or­der Coun­cil in his weekly 'Ug­nayang Pan­lun­sod' re­it­er­ated the need for drug test­ing to en­sure the non-in­volve­ment and en­gage­ment of can­di­dates in the il­le­gal drug trade.

"I hope that again, let us sup­port the idea even if there are no laws re­quir­ing a prospec­tive can­di­date to un­dergo a drug test, but for them to vol­un­tar­ily un­dergo with such test­ing to en­sure

their non-in­volve­ment with drugs," the mayor said.

Based on the first copy of the list of sup­posed narco-politi­cians com­ing from Mala­canang Palace, there were 79 per­son­al­i­ties listed in the Cordillera re­gion with four com­ing from Baguio.

"Here in the city, all of them have been ac­counted for, there are two barangay ka­gawads who are sus­pected to be in­volved in the drug trade. They have sub­mit­ted them­selves and have un­der­gone drug test," Do­mo­gan ex­plained. "We are hop­ing Comelec can firm up with the stand re­quir­ing the sub­mis­sion of drug test cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for prospec­tive can­di­dates in­di­cat­ing a neg­a­tive re­sult."

Mean­while, Bri­gadier Gen­eral Leopoldo Im­bang, Com­man­der of the 503rd Brigade, 5ID in a cit­i­zens fo­rum with the Sang­gu­ni­ang Pan­lalaw­igan mem­bers of Benguet ad­dressed the sit­u­a­tion in the prov­ince and Cordilleras for the com­ing barangay elec­tions.

“To have a suc­cess­ful barangay and SK elec­tions, we have to be in part­ner­ship with the po­lice, the Comelec, and the lo­cal gov­ern­ment units along with the dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties,” said Im­bang.

Fil­ing of can­di­da­cies for SK and Barangay elec­tions started on April 14 un­til April 20 at the dif­fer­ent Comelec of­fices in the cities and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in the re­gion.

The Po­lice Re­gional Of­fice – Cordillera and the Armed Forces of the Philip­pines were di­rected to si­mul­ta­ne­ously es­tab­lish and op­er­ate COMELEC check­points start­ing 12 mid­night of April 14 in all cities and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties na­tion­wide, un­der the su­per­vi­sion of their re­spec­tive as­sis­tant and re­gional elec­tion direc­tors and pro­vin­cial elec­tions su­per­vi­sors.

“We are co­or­di­nat­ing and sup­port­ing PNP, If there are il­le­gal ac­tiv­ity, groups that will be vi­o­lat­ing the law and they need army sup­port we will be do­ing that,” said Im­bang. With a report from Lau­ren Alimondo

Photo by Milo Brioso

BARANGAY AND SK POLLS. As­pi­rants for the up­com­ing Barangay and Sang­gu­ni­ang Ka­bataan (SK) elec­tions line up at the Com­mis­sion on Elec­tions- Baguio coun­ters to file their re­spec­tive Cer­tifi­cate of Can­di­dacy. COMELEC-Baguo re­minds as­pi­rants to file their COC's un­til April 20.

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