Sto. Tomas eyes to implement drug testing for elected officials

THE municipality of Sto. Tomas in Davao del Norte seeks to impose mandatory drug testing for all elected officials.

During a session of the Sto. Tomas Municipal Council on January 10, Mayor Ernesto Evangelista announced Legislative Request 4, which seeks to implement mandatory drug testing of all elected officials and all employees of local government units in their municipality.

“Akong ginaduso ang ordinansa na mahimong compulsory ang drug test para sa mga Kapitan, opisyales ug empleyado sa barangay ug municipal government units aron atong mapakita ang hugot ug seryosong implementasyon sa maong programa (I am pushing for an ordinance to make drug testing compulsory for captains, officials, and employees of the barangay and municipal government units to show our strong support in the government’s fight against illegal drugs),” Evangelista said in a statement.

Evangelista said government offices should take part in initiatives against involvement with illegal drugs.

He said the proposal would address all aspects of the anti-illegal drugs campaign which are Enforcement, Advocacy, Justice, Rehabilitation, and Reintegration.

The mayor added that there should be no reason for officials to refuse the mandatory drug testing if they are not involved in illegal drugs.

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SunStar Davao is Davao City's most sought after community content provider in both print and online. It is part of the SunStar news network in the Philippines. Sun.Star Davao started as a bi-weekly newspaper Peryodiko Dabaw in December 1985 by Elpidio G. Damaso as the so-called alternative press during the end days of the Marcos dictatorship. It started publishing five times a week the following year and was relaunched as Ang Peryodiko Dabaw on September 7, 1987, marking the entry of new investors and its use of desktop publishing, while its Davao City competitors were still using letterpress.

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