The Philippine National Police (PNP) welcomed a lawmaker’s call for mandatory drug tests on celebrities and other talents before appearing on entertainment projects.
In a press briefing at Camp Crame in Quezon City, PNP chief Gen. Rodolfo Azurin Jr. called on major television networks and groups in the entertainment industry to implement the measure, citing that celebrities should serve as role models for the youth.
“Sila na magkusa parang nang sa ganun ay maipakita nila na tumutulong sila sa ating kampanya laban sa illegal na droga.”
“We encourage yung mga giant networks, even ‘yung actors’ guild. Sila na magkusa parang nang sa ganun ay maipakita nila na tumutulong sila sa ating kampanya laban sa illegal na droga,” Azurin said.
This came after the arrest of actor Dominic Roco and several others in an anti-drug operation in Quezon City over the weekend.
Dominic, 33, a son of the veteran actor Bembol Roco, and his cohorts yielded P12,000 worth of shabu and P14,000 worth of marijuana leaves.
“I welcome that all of our actors and actresses would volunteer to be tested so they will be proven that many or all of them are good role models.”
“If you are a role model, your character should be impeccable. Meaning, you are clean. So I welcome that all of our actors and actresses would volunteer to be tested so they will be proven that many or all of them are good role models,” Azurin said.
Over the weekend, Surigao del Norte Representative Robert Ace Barbers pushed for a mandatory drug test on actors and other celebrities who are idolized by the public, particularly the youth, before they are commissioned to make movies and other related undertakings.
Barbers noted that since 2016, at least eight celebrities have been arrested for alleged involvement in illegal drugs — actors Mark Anthony Fernandez and Julio Diaz, actresses Krista Miller and Sabrina M, disk jockey Karen Bordador and her boyfriend Emilio Lim, former child star CJ Ramos and rapper Zaito.