PNP ordered to post list of drug-tested candidates

WATCH out for the list of candidates for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections who took drug tests to prove they are clean.

The Pangasinan Police Provincial Office (PPPO) has given the go-signal to police stations to post the list of candidates in their towns or cities, and barangays who took the test with negative results and those who ignored the suggestion and refused to take the test.

P/Sr. Superintendent. Ronald Lee, police provincial director, directed all police chiefs in Pangasinan to post the lists during the 2nd Provincial Joint Security Center Command Conference on May 8.

Lee supported the initiative of the police chief of Bani town that proceeded to post the lists in every barangay to guide voters whom to elect on May 14.

PPPO confirmed that as of May 8 only 60 to 70 percent of the 44,316 candidates have taken the drug test.

Lee said there is wisdom in posting the list of the candidates of every barangay in all police stations, town or city plaza or in any place where people usually gather, as added information.

Lee suggested that the use of tarpaulins will be ideal but since these are expensive, he advised the police chiefs to seek help from their respective local governments.

In Calasiao, P/Supt. Charlie Umayam, chief of police, observed that the names of candidates who took the drug test and those who did not are not arranged in alphabetical order and that the names are printed only in small letters so it was not easy for people to check the names.

He said that to date there are 500 candidates in Calasiao who have so far taken the drug test and more than 200 who have not.

Provincial Elections Supervisor Marino Salas agreed with the suggestion that the list be posted in every barangay but clarified that the drug testing by candidates is not a requirement of the Commission on Elections. (Leonardo Micua)

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