Rappler's latest stories on drug tests in the Philippines
Education Secretary Leonor Briones says the department doesn't automatically change policies based on the results of a survey
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
(UPDATED) Senate President Vicente Sotto III and Senator Gregorio Honasan II volunteered to undergo the procedure first
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
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'
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency wants to require all high school and college students to undergo a drug test
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
'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
The Palace thumbs down the PDEA-proposed drug testing, saying the law only allows drug testing in high school
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.
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