Presidential aspirant Senator Panfilo Lacson and his running mate Senate President Vicente Sotto III, underwent voluntary drug tests on Monday in Election 2022.
According to Sotto, they tested Lacson at the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) office.
What we underwent was not ordinary testing. PDEA uses a multidrug testing kit. It can check all types of illegal drugs encompassing holistic drug tests,” Sotto told reporters.
“Ordinary testing only checks marijuana and shabu,” he added.
The test results showed that the two were negative for any type of drug.
Lacson and Sotto underwent a drug test a few days after President Rodrigo Duterte said a presidential aspirant in the 2022 elections was using cocaine.
“There is even a presidential candidate na nag-cocaine. May kandidato tayo na nagko-cocaine ‘yan. ‘Yung anak ng mayaman. Kaya nga nagtataka ako. Anong nagawa ng tao na yan?” according to the president with no name mentioned.
“I am just asking what contribution has he made para sa Pilipinas? ‘Yan lang ang gusto kong tanungin,” he added.
He said the public does not know the true identity of the candidate who was allegedly using cocaine.
Lacson and Sotto underwent voluntary drug tests
“Nagtataka ako sa Pilipino, di ako naiinggit, pulitika naman, may manalo, may matalo. Ganu’n rin ako noon, kung walang swerte, wala. Pero itong fascination nila sa itong kandidato na to, baka hindi talaga nila alam,” said Duterte.
Lacson runs for president under the Partido Reporma, while Sotto’s party is the Nationalist Peoples Coalition.
Lacson, former chief of the Philippine National Police, had earlier said that he was sure that he was not the one Duterte was referring to.
Meanwhile, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula urged the faithful to focus on Christ in all aspects of life.
This is the cardinal’s message in the celebration of the Great Feast of Christ The King.
The archbishop also referred to the upcoming 2022 national and local elections as a unique exercise and an essential chapter in the country’s history.
The Cardinal stressed the importance of the role of every voter in electing worthy town leaders.