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Groups slam PUP's random drug tests among students

Aug 16, 2019 - 4:15 PM

PUP says that the drug tests are based on an order by the Commission on Higher Education

Students of Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), various youth groups express their opposition to the implementation of the mandatory random in a snake rally from the PUP Main Building to Popeye on Thursday, August 15. Photo from The Catalyst's Facebook page

Over 7,000 transpo workers get drug test for PDEA's Oplan Huli Week

Apr 16, 2019 - 6:40 PM

There are 36 bus drivers, 17 conductors, and one dispatcher who test positive for shabu

DRUG TEST. The PDEA conducts a surprise drug test in transportation terminals for Holy Week 2019. PDEA photo

It's against the law! DepEd firm vs drug tests for grade schoolers

Nov 12, 2018 - 10:07 PM

Education Secretary Leonor Briones says the department doesn't automatically change policies based on the results of a survey

ILLEGAL. The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency wants mandatory drug tests on students as young as 10, but the Department of Education says this is illegal

51% of Filipinos agree with mandatory drug test for grade schoolers

Nov 08, 2018 - 3:09 PM

The Social Weather Stations held the survey in September, months after the Department of Education rejected the proposed drug test on 10-year-old students

AGREEMENT. Half of Filipinos agreed with a proposal from PDEA to conduct mandatory drug tests among students as early as in elementary, according to the Social Weather Stations.

Malacañang: Mandatory drug test okay for local bets only

Oct 20, 2018 - 2:40 PM

The Supreme Court already declared drug tests for candidates unconstitutional a decade ago, but Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo now offers a different take for local posts

PH VOTE. Aspirants rush to the Comelec office in Manila on October 17, 2018, to beat the deadline to file their certificates of candidacy. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Malacañang rejects 'surprise' drug tests for election candidates

Oct 19, 2018 - 8:24 PM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo echoes a Supreme Court ruling that declared provisions of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act unconstitutional

Commissioner Rowena Guanzon closes the gate of the Comelec office in Manila to officialy end the filing of certificates of candidacy of aspirants for the May 2019 polls. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Usain Bolt fumes over drug test notice

Oct 15, 2018 - 6:43 PM

Already retired from athletics, the sprint legend questions the drug test notice

ANOTHER ROUTE. Usain Bolt is bidding for a professional football career in Australia. AFP PHOTO / Thomas Samson/AFP


HOAX: 'Trillanes positive in Sotto’s surprise drug test in Senate'

Aug 17, 2018 - 2:22 PM

The senator tested negative, as shown in his tweet of the test result

Trillanes negative for illegal drugs, dares Dutertes to take test

Aug 16, 2018 - 10:54 AM

(UPDATED) 'Kailan kaya magpapa-drug test ang mga Dutertes?' asks Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

Sen. Antonio Trillanes Usc. Epimaco Densing III DILG  Photo by Angie de Silva

Senate conducts surprise drug test for employees

Jul 30, 2018 - 12:41 PM

(UPDATED) Senate President Vicente Sotto III and Senator Gregorio Honasan II volunteered to undergo the procedure first

Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Serena claims 'discrimination' over drug tests

Jul 26, 2018 - 9:51 AM

The 23-time Grand Slam winner says she gets 'tested the most' among tennis players

TARGET. American tennis star Serena Williams doubts the drug tests are random. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

How Duterte's drug war targets the youth

Jul 17, 2018 - 10:00 AM

With no law passed to lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility, the Duterte administration pushes for mandatory tests for school children as young as 10

Random tests enough to prevent drug use among students – Briones

Jul 11, 2018 - 5:25 PM

Education Secretary Leonor Briones says, the law mandates 'that is has to be random. As guardians of children, the bottom line is the welfare, the comfort, and the creation of an appropriate leaning environment for the children'

EDUCATION SECRETARY. Department of Education Secretary Leonor Briones speaks at Quezon City High School during the opening of classes on Monday, June 04, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PDEA's new proposal: Mandatory drug tests for high school, college students

Jul 11, 2018 - 3:52 PM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency wants to require all high school and college students to undergo a drug test

PDEA CHIEF. Director General Aaron Aquino speaks at their headquarters in Quezon City. PDEA photo

DepEd stands its ground: No drug testing for grade schoolers

Jul 10, 2018 - 8:36 PM

In a meeting with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Administration, the Philippine National Police, and the Dangerous Drugs Board, the education department reiterates that its mandate is to focus on preventive drug education

MEETING. The Department of Education, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Philippine National Police, and Dangerous Drugs Board discuss drug use among the youth in a meeting held on July 10, 2018. Photo from the Department of Education. Photos from DepEd

Parents to DepEd: Protect grade-schoolers from proposed drug test

Jul 05, 2018 - 5:30 PM

'Kung sinasabi ng DepEd na hindi [naaayon] sa batas 'yun, panindigan nila 'yun. Hindi dapat [sila pumayag] dahil doon din kami nakasandal sa mga ahensyang ito,' says Vives Moreno, mother of a 10-year-old student

PROTEST. Parent leaders belonging to Akbayan partylist group troop to the Corazon Aquino Elementary School gates in Quezon City on July 5, 2018, to protest the planned drug testing for students as young as 10 years old. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Malacañang sides with DepEd: Drug tests for grade schoolers illegal

Jun 25, 2018 - 9:38 PM

The Palace thumbs down the PDEA-proposed drug testing, saying the law only allows drug testing in high school

HRW slams ‘drastic' plan to extend anti-drug campaign to PH elementary schools

Jun 23, 2018 - 11:51 AM

'Imposing mandatory drug testing on schoolchildren when Philippine police are committing rampant summary killings of alleged drug users puts countless children in danger,' says Human Rights Watch Asia division deputy director Phelim Kine

VULNERABLE. Rights groups say the PDEA's proposal to extend mandatory drug testing to cover elementary students is too drastic and can deter students from attending school.

FACT CHECK: School boards, not PNP, hold random drug tests for students

Jun 20, 2018 - 7:00 PM

The Department of Education confirms that no police officials will be involved in the drug testing. School boards will follow DepEd and CHED guidelines, as well as local ordinances.

[OPINION] The problem with PNP’s drug test ‘dare’ for barangay candidates

May 12, 2018 - 9:00 AM

By putting undue pressure on candidates to do something that might affect their candidacy, Director General Oscar Albayalde is intervening in the elections.

Canelo Alvarez banned for six months over failed drug test

Apr 19, 2018 - 8:50 AM

Ruling cancels the Mexican middleweight’s rematch with Gennady Golovkin

STUNNED. Mexican boxer Saul "Canelo" Alvarez insists he’s a victim of an innocent mistake. Photo by John Gurzinski/AFP

Alvarez temporarily suspended, Golovkin rematch threatened

Mar 24, 2018 - 12:16 PM

The Nevada State Athletic Commission temporarily suspends Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez, putting his May 5 rematch against Gennady Golovkin in jeopardy

Fairview police chief sacked after subordinate tests positive for drugs

Mar 06, 2018 - 4:55 PM

The drug test results of Police Officer 1 Gabby Bulan lead to the sacking of two of his police bosses, including the station chief, Superintendent Tomas Nuñez

QCPD CHIEF. Chief Superintendent Guillermo Eleazar briefs Quezon City police on new drug war guidelines. File photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

QC court urged to rule on legality of house-to-house drug testing

Jan 19, 2018 - 3:59 PM

QC policemen say they have stopped doing drug tests, but petitioners argue that 'repetition remains high'

A Philippine policeman stands guard as people queue to register with the police during the mass surrender of some 1,000 alleged drug users and pushers in the town of Tanauan on July 18, 2016. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

The Fifth Man

Dec 05, 2017 - 11:58 AM

The police call it an encounter. The survivor says it was an execution. Forensic evidence says he may be right.

The red mark

Nov 30, 2017 - 1:16 PM

For three months in 2017, the Payatas village hall and the police station demanded the profiling and drug testing of residents they believed were drug personalities. Every household that refused was marked red.

3 Davao city hall employees fired for drug use

Nov 10, 2017 - 8:53 AM

Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio has given two options for employees who would test positive: rehabilitation under city government supervision or termination from work

Sara Duterte negative for drugs in Davao City hall employees testing

Oct 11, 2017 - 4:20 PM

Aside from Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, 168 employees of of the Davao City Hall take a test for illegal drugs

DRUG TEST. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio undergoes a drug test on October 10, 2017. Photo by Davao City Information Office.

Random drug testing for Cebu students starts

Oct 09, 2017 - 7:16 PM

There have been concerns about the sampling method and confidentiality of the tests, and about how they would make students vulnerable in the government's war against drugs

Duterte OKs random drug testing of HS students – Briones

Oct 06, 2017 - 8:46 PM

Education Secretary Leonor Briones says the President wanted DepEd to look at drug abuse as a health problem and to treat the random drug test as a preventive measure

GO SIGNAL. President Rodrigo Duterte during the 19th Cabinet meeting at the Malacañang Palace on October 4. Photo by Karl Norman Alonzo/Presidential Photo

LTFRB to require drug testing for drivers

Sep 26, 2017 - 8:45 PM

Drivers of buses, jeepneys, taxis, and ride-hailing services like Grab and Uber will be included in a memorandum circular on mandatory drug testing

MANDATORY. LTFRB board member and spokesperson Aileen Lizada faces the media. Rappler file photo

DepEd on student drug testing: SC says it’s constitutional

Sep 12, 2017 - 5:43 PM

This matter has already been decided by the Supreme Court Education Assistant Secretary Nepomuceno Malaluan says in response to criticism against random drug testing on students

APPROVED BY SC. DepEd says the random drug testing of high school students is pursuant to the law.

DepEd to consult Cabinet on drug testing of high school students

Sep 12, 2017 - 4:35 PM

Education Assistant Secretary Nepomuceno Malaluan says they plan to push through with the random drug testing this school year despite concerns on how the results will be kept confidential

Quezon City residents fail to get TRO on drug testing, surveillance

Sep 11, 2017 - 2:53 PM

The judge does not find any extreme urgency to temporarily stop the house to house operations so petitioners move to declare the activities unconstitutional

A Philippine policeman stands guard as people queue to register with the police during the mass surrender of some 1,000 alleged drug users and pushers in the town of Tanauan on July 18, 2016. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

QC residents ask court: Stop house-to-house drug tests

Sep 07, 2017 - 6:57 PM

The petition is the first of its kind to directly challenge the police s anti drug operations

Random drug testing of students will make minors 'open targets'

Sep 02, 2017 - 4:30 PM

With the rising number of minors killed in President Rodrigo Duterte s war on drugs human rights groups are worried about the implementation of mandatory random drug tests among high school students

Urban poor communities file case against police drug operations

Aug 30, 2017 - 7:09 PM

Police are being accused of conducting illegal operations over the forced drug testing in poor communities

A Philippine policeman stands guard as people queue to register with the police during the mass surrender of some 1,000 alleged drug users and pushers in the town of Tanauan on July 18, 2016. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

High school drug tests: DepEd reviews procedure amid concerns

Aug 30, 2017 - 5:01 PM

UPDATED Lawmakers question how the education department can keep confidential the results of the mandatory random drug tests slated for September

STUDENTS' SAFETY. Lawmakers express concern over students' safety if chosen for the random drug test.

PNP contradicts PAO: Only 2, not 3, gunshot wounds on Kian

Aug 23, 2017 - 3:40 PM

The Philippine National Police s autopsy report on Kian delos Santos differs from that of the Public Attorney s Office

Kian's uncle, Randy points the corner where the boy was shot. The bullet holes is visible with Kian's blood splattered around it. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Drug testing of students ‘preventive, not punitive’ – Briones

Aug 22, 2017 - 5:07 PM

Education Secretary Leonor Briones says every effort is going to be made to keep the results of the random drug test confidential

'PREVENTIVE, NOT PUNITIVE.' Education Secretary Leonor Briones defends the department's random drug testing of high school students. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Random drug testing for HS students, teachers starts September

Aug 15, 2017 - 6:29 PM

Hindi ito tokhang tokhang We’re doing this with an open mind We’re doing this as scientifically as possible says Education Secretary Leonor Briones as she guarantees the confidentiality of the results

CSU cancels mandatory drug test policy for enrollees

Aug 12, 2017 - 8:27 AM

UPDATED The school administration says drug tests will be administered during the semester in accordance with the laws and rules

HRW: Mandatory testing will make students vulnerable in war on drugs

Aug 11, 2017 - 3:32 PM

The New York based Human Rights Watch warns that drug tests will create a school to cemetery track for tertiary students testing positive for illegal drugs

Student applicants to pay for mandatory drug tests – CHED

Aug 10, 2017 - 7:13 PM

Under CHED s new order student applicants would have to shoulder their drug testing cost should the university they re applying for include it in the admission requirements

DEFENDING THE ORDER. CHED Ronaldo Liveta defends CHED's order allowing higher education institutions to have mandatory drug testing. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Mandatory drug tests could lead to ‘tokhang’ in schools, warns students’ union

Aug 08, 2017 - 6:41 PM

UP will not require students to undergo drug tests We are very wary that this could be abused and the results misused says public affairs VP Jose Dalisay Jr

DRUG WAR IN SCHOOLS? The NUSP warns students will now be more vulnerable to the government's anti-drug campaign following a recent CHED order. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

CHED approves mandatory drug testing for college admission

Aug 07, 2017 - 7:31 PM

Higher education institutions have to consult first with students and to get the prior approval of their board of trustees directors and regents

DRUG TEST. High school students with their parents queue for the first day of the University of the Philippines College Admission Test on August 16, 2014. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Cagayan State U to bar enrollees who test positive for drugs

Jul 26, 2017 - 12:07 PM

UPDATED The Commission on Human Rights says the lack of guidelines on the mandatory drug test may violate student s rights

Drug tests for public school teachers to start during school year 2017-2018

May 17, 2017 - 6:00 AM

The initiative of the Department of Education is set to be extended to include secondary level students

DepEd aims to reach out-of-school youth during Brigada Eskwela

May 11, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Education Secretary Leonor Briones says the integration of the Alternative Learning System into Brigada Eskwela is very important given the President s instruction to prioritize the program

Manila barangay officials to undergo drug tests – Erap

Oct 09, 2016 - 10:24 AM

The Manila city government will soon test barangay officials from the barangay chairpersons down to councilors for drug use and those who test positive will face sanctions