QC urges barangay and SK candidates to undergo drug testing

By Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK

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THE Quezon City Council has passed a resolution encouraging all candidates in the upcoming barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections to take the initiative to undergo voluntary drug testing and include an anti-illegal drugs platform in their campaign.

This after the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency bared the names of more than 200 barangay chieftains and kagawad linking them to the illegal drugs trade in the country. (Read More:

City Resolution 7440-2018, introduced by Councilor Gian Carlo G. Sotto, states that “those who have the desire to be barangay officials must be drug free.” It also encourages candidates to include “an anti-drugs platform in their campaigns.”

Sotto, who chairs the QC Council Anti-Illegal Drugs Committee, said it will be good if the candidates include in their platform the city’s campaign against illegal drugs for the welfare of the public.

Habang nagkacampaign sila, maganda kung isama nila ‘yung kampanya ng lungsod kontra sa ilegal na droga kasi para rin naman iyon sa kapakanan ng mga residente,” Sotto said.

Sotto predicted that candidates who will include an anti-illegal drugs platform in their planned governance will surely be endeared to their constituents because of the dangers that illegal drugs pose to the children, the young adults and the community.

Gugustuhin talaga ng mga tao kapag ang opisyal nila sa barangay ay talagang galit sa droga kasi pati mga kabataan, nadadamay,” Sotto added.

Nelson Flores, J.D., MSCK
A former reporter of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila Standard Today, and a regular columnist of the Metro Manila based daily tabloid newspaper Hataw; Nelson Flores is also the former Senior Associate Editor of the Houston based Fil-Am Press and former anchor of dzXL and dzRJ's weekend talk show Usaping Bayan. Mr. Flores has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Law degrees from the University of Santo Tomas and Adamson University and a holder of a study certificate from the Diocesan House of Studies, Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI). He is a Freemason and member of Reagan Lodge 1037 in Houston Heights under the jurisdiction of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas and a member of the Missionary Society of Christ the King (MSCK).

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