Negative ‘to! Camarines Sur Rep. Andaya undergoes voluntary drug testing
House Majority Leader and Camarines Sur Rep Rolando Andaya, Jr. has undergone a voluntary drug testing amid the
challenge of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) for candidates in May 2018 elections to undergo such examination.
Andaya submitted the result of the drug test, which turned out to be negative, to the Commission on Elections when he filed his certificate of candidacy for CamSur governor last October 16.
Personnel of the Department of Health at the Bicol Sanitarium in Camarines Sur conducted the said drug testing last September 29.
“As a leader of the House of Representatives, I deem it my responsibility to be among the first to show support to PDEA. Submitting myself to a drug test is the least I can do,” Andaya was quoted as saying.
To recall, PDEA Director-Genera Aaron Aquino, expressed support to mandatory drug tests for candidates to aid the administration’s crackdown on narcopoliticians.
“While there is no law requiring candidates to undergo drug test, it is best that we, candidates voluntarily submit ourselves to such examination as a gesture of support to the government’s anti-drug campaign,” Andaya said.
“May batas man o wala, obligasyon naming mga kandidato na patunayang hindi kami gumagamit ng droga. This is our way of maintaining integrity in governance. Kung yung mga kabataan, gusto nating ipa-drug test, bakit hindi puwede kaming mga kandidato na nagsisilbi sa bayan?” the House leader added.