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Vice Mayor Raineir Joaquin Uy carefully hands over a container with his urine in it to a laboratory worker. Uy and councilors suspended their regular session and submitted to surprise drug tests by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency on Monday afternoon. (photo by nitz arancon)

Vice mayor, councilors undergo drug examination

THE city council suspended its session on Monday afternoon as the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency took urine samples from its members for drug tests.

Vice Mayor Raineir Joaquin Uy, who submitted to a drug test, said it was their way of showing their support to President Duterte’s so-called war on drugs.

Uy said the drug tests among members and employees of the city council on Monday was just the start, adding that the PDEA would carry out more drug tests in other city hall departments and offices.

The mandatory drug test which started on Monday came after the city council approved a P1.2-million budget for the tests last week.

Uy said the budget would cover the costs of testing city hall’s over 4,000 employees.

Councilor Romeo Calizo meanwhile warned that local officials and employees who would refuse to be tested and those who would test positive for drug use face the risk of dismissal from service.

“Dili mahimo nga dili  magpa-drug test ang usa ka official o employee sa city hall kay mandatory man ni,” Calizo said. (nitz arancon)

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Nitz Arancon started his career in the broadcast media. He worked as a cameraman for a news program of a local TV station, and subsequently became a reporter and later, commentator of the now defunct radio station DxJR.

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