MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV tested negative for illegal drugs, based on the results of the mandatory drug test conducted in the Senate in July.
Trillanes posted a photo of the results on his Twitter account on Thursday, August 16, and again challenged President Rodrigo Duterte and his family to undergo a drug test.
Results showed he was negative for cocaine, ecstacy, metamphetamine (shabu), morphine, and tetrahydrocannabinol (marijuana).
Kailan kaya magpapa-drugtest ang mga Dutertes? pic.twitter.com/VqcAKQRjmy — Sonny Trillanes IV (@TrillanesSonny) August 15, 2018
"Kailan kaya magpapa-drug test ang mga Dutertes (When will the Dutertes undergo a drug test)?" Trillanes said in a tweet.
Malacañang said the President will subject himself to a drug test if he wants to.
"Hindi ko po alam kung anong sasabihin sa kanya other than ang Presidente po ay halal ng bayan; kung gusto pong magpa-drug test ni Presidente gagawin niya, pero hindi po para utusan siya ng kahit sino,” Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said in a news briefing.
(I don't know else to say to him other than the President was elected by the people, if he wants to take a drug test he will do it, but he's not to be ordered by anyone.)
Trillanes has repeatedly challenged the President and his family to undergo a drug test, following allegations that there are members using and smuggling drugs. The presidential family has categorically denied this.
After he took the drug test in July, Trillanes said Duterte should lead by example and take the test too.
“Ang sa akin, ang panawagan ko dapat Office of the President ang una. Dapat si Duterte mismo para malaman ng taumbayan kung ‘yung mismong namumuno ng war on drugs ay hindi impluwensiyado ng illegal na droga,” Trillanes said on July 30.
(On my part, my appeal is that the Office of the President should go first. It should be Duterte himself so the public would know if the very leader of the war on drugs is not influenced by illegal drugs.)
Presidential son Paolo Duterte, resigned Davao City vice mayor, earlier accepted the senator’s dare. His test supposedly yielded negative results. The President, however, has yet to subject himself to such exam. – Rappler.com
Camille Elemia is Rappler's lead reporter for media, disinformation, and democracy. She won an ILO award in 2017. She received the prestigious Fulbright-Hubert Humphrey fellowship in 2019, allowing her to further study media and politics in the US. Email email@example.com