By Joseph Jubelag
General Santos City – The city council here has approved a resolution which seeks a mandatory drug testing for all its members following reports that the names of some city councilors have been included in a list of narco-politicians.
City Councilor Edmar Yumang, chair of the committee on public safety and order, authored the resolution, requiring all 16 members of the City Council, including Vice-Mayor Shirlyn Nograles to undergo random drug testing.
This was an offshoot of unverified reports which disclosed that some members of the city council were being implicated in the illegal drug trade.
Although there was no basis for the report, Yumang explained that, being a collegial body, the city council has to protect its integrity, and show the public that its members are not tainted with the alleged involvement in illegal drugs.
The report had alluded to at least four members of the City Council, all lawyers who had links to the illegal drugs trade.
Valente Carino, regional director of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, was summoned to the city council to shed light on the controversy. But Carino did not give categorical answer on whether or not there were, indeed, city councilors included in the agency’s drug watch list.