By Billy Begas
The House of Representatives on Tuesday night approved on second reading a measure strengthening the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 (Republic Act 9165).
House Bill 7814 was approved via voice voting.
House Committee on Dangerous Drugs Chairperson and Surigao del Norte Rep. Robert Ace Barbers said the measure provides for a legal presumption on who is considered as the importer, financier and protector or coddler of illegal drugs.
HB 7814 also penalizes negligent lessors of properties used as clandestine laboratories. It also extends the criminal liability to the partner or officials of corporations who consents to or tolerates the use of the property of the corporation or partnership as a den, dive or resort to commit violation of the provisions of the RA 9165.
Filipino athletes, both professional and non-professional will be mandated to undergo drug testing twice a year.
The bill also limits the validity of drug test certificates issued by accredited drug testing centers to three months.
The members of the Dangerous Drugs Board will be increased to 20 from the present 17.