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Drug test results of students must be kept confidential – Aquino

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Senator Bam Aquino wants the Department of Education (DepEd) to ensure that the Philippine National Police (PNP) will not get hold of the results of the random drug testing of students in private and public schools.

He said the DepEd, as the lead agency in the random drug testing of students, must fulfill its promise to “keep confidential” its results to protect them from police abuse.

“Hindi nila dapat hayaang mapunta ito sa kamay ng PNP upang hindi magamit laban sa ating mga kabataan,” Aquino said.

“Kung makukuha ng PNP ang listahang ito, maaari itong maabuso ng mga tiwaling pulis at gamitin sa panggigipit,” he said.

He added, “Ayaw nating magkaroon ng isa pang kaso na may mamamatay na estudyante sa ating bayan.”

During the hearing for DepEd 2018 budget, Sec. Leonor Briones assured lawmakers that the results of the random drug testing will remain confidential and will not result in the filing of charges against minors who will be found positive for illegal drugs.