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Sa high school na lang! Palace backs DepEd’s stand against drug testing for elementary students

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Malacañang supports the Department of Education’s (DepEd) stand that 10-year-old students are too young to be subject to mandatory drug testing.

In a press conference Monday (June 25), Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque reiterated his earlier statement that the Palace will defer to the DepEd’s position on the proposed drug testing by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

“Nagsalita na po si Secretary Briones ang Dangerous Drugs Act daw po ay ipinagbabawal ang drug testing sa elementarya. Pupuwede lang tayong magkaroon ng drug testing po sa high school,” he said in Cagayan De Oro City.

Roque, an abogado, noted that the United States Supreme Court had struck down mandatory drug testing for high school students.

“Sa Amerika po ay in-uphold as constitutional ang random drug testing sa high school students pero iyong isa naman po na mandatory drug testing sa high school, iyan po ay… it was struck down as being unconstitutional,” he said.

PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino proposed making drug tests mandatory for pupils in Grade 4 and up so they could be rescued from the illegal drug menace.

The proposal, however, was opposed by several politikos due to lack of legal basis and the prohibitive cost.