By Arwen Pascua
MANILA — The Philippine National Police Drug Enforcement Group (PDEG) clarified that information gathering and validation are still ongoing for the alleged cocaine-using presidential candidate.
PNP Chief General Dionardo Carlos has entrusted the work to the PDEG to identify and monitor the subject of such pronouncement.
“Inaatas ko na sa PDEG ang pag-siyasat at pagkalap ng sapat na impormasyon at ebidensya sa tinutukoy ng ating Presidente at kung ano man ang naging resulta ay handa ang PNP na ito’y isapubliko,” Carlos stated.
As more candidates have submitted themselves to voluntary drug tests, it should be understood that the PNP can only commence investigation when a positive result is yielded in drug testing. RA 9165 also provides further police intervention in cases of confirmed drug use.
“We are also checking on the different police stations and units if there are local candidates who are requesting the PNP for a drug test. None so far,” says Carlos.
The PNP is closely coordinating with political aspirants who want to take drug tests and ensure the public that they are not illegal drugs users. (ai/mtvn)