drug tests in the Philippines - updates

Rappler's latest stories on drug tests in the Philippines

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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.

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

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

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.

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