Go willing to undergo drug testing ‘anytime’; saying candidates must prove they are fit for public service

Go willing to undergo drug testing ‘anytime’; saying candidates must prove they are fit for public service

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA — Senator and presidentiable Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on
Tuesday asserted that he is willing to submit to drug testing to
demonstrate that he is qualified to lead the country.

“Ako naman po willing magpa-drug test anytime of the day. Anytime po
kung kakailanganin. Kahit di mandatory pero just to prove lang po sa
Pilipino kung sino ‘yung fit na mamuno sa ating bansa ay willing po
akong magpa-drug test any time of the day po,” assured Go after his
monitoring visit of the Malasakit Center at the Dr. Jorge Royeca
Hospital in General Santos City.

Go previously stated that he sees no reason why he should not submit
to a voluntary drug test, saying that he owes it to the Filipino
people to do so.

“I walk the talk. The campaign against illegal drugs is part of my
campaign platform,” said Go.

President Rodrigo Duterte previously claimed that one of the major
presidential candidates is a cocaine user. While Duterte did not name
the candidate, he described him as popular and a member of a wealthy
family.

The Philippine National Police, for its part, is attempting to obtain
additional details on the identity of the said candidate.

Go had earlier affirmed his stance that every Filipino has the right
to know whether their aspiring leaders are “clean” and free from vices
such as illegal drugs in order to set a good example to those they
have committed to serve.

“Let us prove to our people na fit tayong mamuno ng ating bansa,” said
Go as he further suggested that hair test for drug use may be a better
option compared to urine or blood test to ensure that candidates have
not used illegal drugs.

“Katulad ng sinabi ko noon, karapatan ng mga mamamayang Pilipino
malaman na malinis ang mga kandidato bago sila pumili ng mga mamumuno
sa kanila. Wala dapat tinatago para makapili ng tama ang taumbayan,”
he concluded.

If elected, Go emphasized that his administration will have the same
strong stance in the government’s fight against corruption,
criminality, and illegal drugs.

“This is crucial in creating an environment conducive for business,
where everyone will feel safe,” said Go.

Go earlier highlighted the positive change in peace and order felt in
communities. He noted the progress made by the campaign against
illegal drugs, criminality and corruption, which he vowed to continue
and expand further in order to provide a better and more secure future
for the next generation.

“Tanungin natin ang mga kababayan natin kung nakakalakad ba sila ng
ligtas sa gabi. Tanungin natin ang mga trabahante, lalo na ang mga
OFWs, kung panatag sila na ligtas ang kanilang mga anak habang sila ay
nagtatrabaho sa malalayong lugar. Tanungin natin ang mga magulang kung
naging mas maayos ba ang kanilang pamilyang dating winasak ng iligal
na droga,” he said.

“Ipagpapatuloy natin ang laban na ito upang mabigyan ng mas ligtas,
maginhawa, at komportableng buhay ang ating mga anak,” Go assured.

Go is a staunch supporter of the Duterte Administration’s campaign
against illegal drugs. In line with this, the senator filed Senate
Bill No. 399 in 2019, which provides for a more balanced and holistic
approach to the drug problem by establishing a Drug Abuse Treatment
and Rehabilitation Center under the supervision of the Department of
Health in every province across the country.

The said centers will offer treatment and care with a
recovery-oriented focus and shall be primarily responsible for
reintegrating recovering drug dependents into the society.

The centers shall also encourage the formation of organizations
composed of parents, guardians and immediate relatives to enhance
their participation in the rehabilitation of the drug dependents and
address concurrent issues such as health and familial problems.

“In addition to the fight for the nation’s safety and security against
the menace of illegal drugs, we must also direct attention towards the
recovery of its many victims. Drug dependents should be treated as
victims in need of medical, psychological and spiritual help. Habang
patuloy ang pagpuksa sa mga drug pushers, hindi natin pinapabayaan ang
mga drug users na nais na magbagong buhay,” said Go. (ai/mtvn)

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