Mon. Nov 29th, 2021

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Gen. Dionardo Carlos, has ordered the Drug Enforcement Group (DEG) to look into President Rodrigo Duterte’s allegation that there is a presidential candidate who is a cocaine user.

This, after the Palace earlier said, through acting Presidential spokesperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, that it is leaving the fate of the alleged illegal drug user to law enforcement agencies.

“PDEG has been tasked to work on this info,” Carlos told the media via text message on Saturday.

“Kapag may mga pumapasok na mga relevant information sa amin (Whenever we receive a relevant information), definitely we will conduct an investigation. As of this time, we are trying to get additional information on that matter,” he said.

Although not a Commission on Elections requirement, Carlos encouraged all candidates to submit themselves to drug test.

“The PNP acknowledges that no law mandates the candidate to undergo a drug test but doing so will set an example to their countrymen by proving that they aren’t users of illegal drugs,” Carlos said.

President Rodrigo Duterte on November 18, without naming names, said one of the candidates for president is a cocaine-user.

Carlos said the President’s pronouncement prompted the PNP’s initial fact-finding and progress will depend on the sufficiency of the evidence.

Malacañang on Saturday confirmed that President Rodrigo Duterte will attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) – China Special Summit on November 22 in commemoration of the 30th Dialogue Relations anniversary.

In a statement, the Palace said Duterte will join the leaders’ summit through an online video conference.

“Upon the invitation of President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China, the President will join his Asean counterparts to take stock of the achievements of Asean-China Dialogue Relations over the past three decades and chart the future of the partnership for the next 30 years,” the statement read.

The Special Summit will be co-chaired by Xi and His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei Darussalam, the Asean chair for 2021.

Duterte is expected to tackle the country’s positions on “key areas of cooperation and regional issues”.

The President will be joined by key Philippine officials, including Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez, Senator Christopher Go, Presidential Assistant for Foreign Affairs Robert Borje, and Social Welfare and Development Undersecretary Luzviminda Ilagan. 

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