By LITO RULONA,
Members of the city council is bent on pushing through with implementing mandatory drug testing to all city hall employees, appointed, and elected officials.
Vice Mayor Raineir Joaquin Uy said they have approved and are now looking for funds for the immediate implementation of mandatory drug test to all persons involve in the city hall’s operation and the possibility of declaring a drug free local government unit.
“It’s (going) be a drug-free workplace ang City Hall,” he said.
Uy said the action is also their response on the call of President Rodrigo Duterte’s program in waging war against proliferation of illegal drugs.
On Monday, members of the city council approved resolution number 12411-2016 authored by city councilor Zaldy Ocon to take immediate action and support the program of President Rodrigo Duterte on the anti-illegal drug campaign.
“I am willing to put myself under the microscope in open public para wala gyu’y gitago,” he said.
He said as a public servant, they always look for the welfare of their constituents to have leader that supports the current administration in waging war against drugs considering that it already becomes a menace.
“Maghulat na lamang kami when and where. Dako ang gasto sa City Hall ani pero gikauyunan man sa tanan kinahanglan nga mahitabo gyud kini,” he added.
Majority Floor Leader Ian Mark Nacaya said he supports the mandatory drug testing to erase doubts of the people on the issue of “narco politics”.
“Daghan naman nagespond sa panawagan ni President Duterte. Some local officials denied their involvement but some made confessions on the proliferation and become protectors on illegal drugs,” he said.
“Kung ang nakabutang sa provision of law is dismissal then kinahanglan i-dismiss. Ang mga elected officials nga mag-positibo should immediately step down from the current position,” he said.
Nacaya said it very unlikely and questionable to hold office if someone found positive on the use of illegal substance.
“Dili tago-an og kinahanglan open to the public. Walay angayan nga itago-tago. Kinahanglan masayod ang katawhan sa resulta,” he pointed out.