COMELEC under fire for drug test requirement

30 03 2007

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the Commission on Elections [COMELEC] is now requiring all candidates for local and national posts to undergo drug testing as mandated by a 2004 COMELEC Resolution… the COMELEC is giving candidates until today to submit their drug test certificates…

Section 4 of the resolution said that no candidate who wins a seat will be able to assume the position until they submit a drug test certificate, but it doesn’t say anything regarding any penalty if the drug test certificate shows that the candidate is using illegal substance or other performance enhancing drugs…

but Atty Romulo Macalintal is saying that this is against the Philippine Constitution… according to Atty Mac, the Constitution says that drug testing is mandatory only for all winning candidates, or after the May 14 elections… but COMELEC chairman Benjamin Abalos is very adamant about this, saying that all candidates who fails to submit the certificate will be disqualified…

i just hope Abalos and all his cronies in the COMELEC faithfully follow the letter of their own resolution and bar any candidate-winner from assuming a seat if they don’t have a drug test certificate AND everyone found using illegal substances… this, most especially for all candidates coming from the movie industry running for public offices…

i am not saying that all celebrities are using drugs, but knowing the lifestyle of these actors and actresses, i wouldn’t be [very much] surprised if some candidates are barred from assuming office, or even from running altogether…

Ciao, sweetie… 8)

[techtags: politics, drugs, drug testing, COMELEC]

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30 03 2007
tina

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30 03 2007
Elaine

Hi! You’re a 2k blogger now:)

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