MANILA, Philippines – Senator Robinhood C. Padilla insisted that obliging anyone to undergo a drug test is tantamount to violating their human rights.
Padillaay’s statement was in response to the proposal filed by Representative Ace Barbers that celebrities or actors should undergo drug testing before every project in the industry because they are ”idoled by the public” so they should be drug free.
Padilla insisted that he is united in protecting Filipinos against the ill effects of illegal drugs and “this includes my fellow workers in the showbiz industry.”
Therefore, Padilla proposed that it is better for artists to take a voluntary drug test and employers should be the ones to answer it.
‘’I am for them taking a voluntary drug test – as this is for their safety and wellbeing. It would also be best if the employers shouldered the expenses for such drug tests,’’ ani Padilla.
“No one can be forced to take a drug test, because it may violate their human rights. It is better if their drug test is voluntary. This is for their welfare and safety,” the senator said.
Padilla insisted that it is better for government officials and its employees to take the lead in taking drug tests.
“On the other hand, it is more appropriate for our government officials and staff to undergo a drug test as they have the duty to set a good example for our fellow Filipinos. RNA
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