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    Phl lawmaker bats for random drug test

    IN a bid to support the Philippine government in totally abating drug use and trafficking, a lawmaker on Sunday said he has proposed random drug testing instead of the mandatory one as provided by law.
    Rep. Rufus Rodriguez of Cagayan de Oro City said House Bill 3698 aims to help government pursue an intensive and unrelenting campaign against the trafficking and use of dangerous drugs and other similar substances through an integrated system of planning, implementation and enforcement of anti-drug abuse policies, programs and projects.
    Citing statistics of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Rodriguez said that of the 14 million people who underwent the mandatory drug testing in various accredited laboratories in the country, only .006 percent were found positive.
    "The finding, however, does not mean that trafficking and use of dangerous drugs has been successfully abated. There is a need to amend Republic Act 9165 otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002," the lawmaker pointed out.
    Under the measure, Section 36 of RA 9165 is amended authorizing the random drug testing instead of the mandatory one on applicants for driver's license, firearm's license and permit to carry firearms outside of the residence and students of secondary and tertiary schools.
    The bill also requires random drug testing for officers and employees of public and private offices, whether domestic or overseas, officers and members of the military, police and other law enforcement agencies, persons charged before the prosecutor's office with a criminal offense having an imposable penalty of imprisonment of six years and candidates for public office whether appointed or elected both in national or local government.
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