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Solon airs caution on medical marijuana bill

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By Ben Rosario

Citing the supposed lack of definitive, scientific proof on the medical benefits of marijuana, House Senior Deputy Minority Leader and Buhay Party-list Rep. Lito Atienza said approval of House Bill 6517 or thje Medical Cannabis Law may have an adverse effect on government’s anti-drug abuse program.

Atienza stressed that there’s no rush to having the measure passed even before thorough research and medical studies can be presented to support the medicinal use of the substance.

Atienza debated for over one hour with proponents of the bill on Wednesday, pointing out that supporters have yet to present results of laboratory research about positive uses of marijuana or cannabis oil.

Authors of the bill, led by Isabela Rep. Rodito Albano insist that various states in the US, as well as countries in Europe, have legalized marijuana use for medical purposes precisely because medical and laboratory researches showed specific medical benefits of marijuana.

According to Albano, the substance is allowed to be used under the guidance of doctors for persons suffering from debilitating ailments such as cancer, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord, epilepsy and even AIDS.

Atienza said the pending bill is not supported by such medical findings claimed by Albano.

“The proponents must show definitive proof to back up their claims that marijuana is a medicine. Failure to do so would render this bill inutile and defective,” he said.

“We are all for finding ways to help alleviate the plight of Filipinos suffering from debilitating diseases.  But we cannot do so by passing a law that would allow access to a prohibited drug such as marijuana without any extensive medical research to show that this is indeed safe for our patients,” he added.

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    Happy Folger

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    Backwardness. Willful denial of facts that don’t fit one’s preconceptions.

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    Rey David

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    OSG misled, manipulated by PAGCOR Greed

    Earlier this month, the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel, or OGCC, issued an important Opinion (sent to the Office of the Executive Secretary on 6 September 2017) which established an authoritative and resounding rebuttal of the earlier opinion issued by the Office of the Solicitor General with regard to the matter of online gaming.

    The OGCC Opinion included a scathing rebuke of PAGCOR for virtually manipulating the OSG to comply with its whim and try to support with “legal basis” its questionable and illegal Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) program, which has actually wreaked havoc and caused uncertainty and turmoil in the local online gaming industry. Last year, PAGCOR arrogated authority to itself and wrested control of the very lucrative online gaming industry from other agencies, in the process imposing steep legal license fees. Whispers and grumblings among industry players tell of steep unofficial ‘enrolment fees’ as well.
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      Lucas Temoteo

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      pagcor should not continue to hide its greed and their actions like online gambling which is clearly something that they should not be doing. pagcor is more concerned on its greed and corruption. they should not be allowed to operate and supervise online gambling as clearly this is not in their mandate//

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      melaisison

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      we need government agencies that will be able to deliver for the government funds needed for projects that will improve the lives of the people. pagcor has the funds however they are operating outside of their legal function and we are not sure if all their earnings are being returned to the government,

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      trisha hipolito

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      pagcor officials should be investigate. their lifestyle should be checked and if found that they are involved in corruption they should be replaced immediately. our president does not approve of corruption and they should follow the example of the president.
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      michael timbreza

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      we should not give pagcor a chance in continuing their greedy acts and corrupt practices. we should continue our vigilance over the acts of pagcor in hiding and justifying their corruption. we should pressure pagcor to always be transparent and clear in all their activities.//

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    Rey David

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    pagcor is manipulating whatever it can to justify its greed and its non legal acts. pagcor is trying to involve other government agencies like the osg in hiding what it can most specially its greed and money making activity. we should pressure pagcor in removing graft and corruption in its ranks
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      Lucas Temoteo

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      this is clearly a case of trying to justify their illegal acts. pagcor has been known in the past and even in the future to be involved in corrupt practices and deals. we must not allow pagcor to involve other government agencies in hiding and getting support for their corrupt acts,

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      trisha hipolito

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      pagcor has the necessary authority and responsibility to provide government with the funds needed to support several projects. unfortunately the greed of some pagcor officials have resulted in corruption and the government not fully getting the benefits of the earnings of pagcor,

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      michael timbreza

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      online gambling is simply not in the function of pagcor and can be used to further expand their greed and their corrupt practices. we should make sure that pagcor does not abuse its authority and supervision. we should always be critical to pagcors greed and in making sure that they support our president in his anti corrupt acts,

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