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Panelo on mandatory drug tests in schools : ‘A good idea’

/ 01:49 PM November 08, 2018

“I think that’s a good idea.”

That is how Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo reacted to the proposal of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to conduct mandatory drug testing on students from Grade 4 and above.

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“At least parents will know whether or not their children are addicted or being used in the drug industry,” Panelo said in a Palace briefing on Thursday.

The Palace official issued the statement after a survey showed that 51 percent of Filipinos approve of the PDEA’s proposal.

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The same survey also showed that 36 percent do not approve of the proposal while 13 percent are undecided on it.

READ: 51% of Filipinos agree with mandatory drug testing in schools 

Panelo said the proposal was meant to ensure the safety of the family, insisting that as a parent himself, he will welcomes it.

“That is for the benefit of the family. i think all parents will welcome it, I will welcome it as a parent,” he said.

Asked if the proposal is in violation of a certain law, Panelo, who is also the Presidetn’s chief legal counsel, said: “I don’t think there is.”

“As I said, I don’t think a parent will disagree or oppose such an idea. As a parent I will want it because we will never know how our children in schools will be influenced or used by persons outside the family,” he added.  /muf

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