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Isko adopting Rody’s war on drugs



Positively negative Manila Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso (right) and Dr. Willie Ong show certification from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency attesting that they are drug-free during tests conducted yesterday. / PHOTOGRAPH BY BOB DUNGO JR. FOR THE DAILY [email protected]_bob

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso and Dr. Willie Ong were both negative for drug use Thursday after they voluntarily submitted themselves for tests at the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) headquarters in Quezon City.

Domagoso is running for president and Ong for vice president in next year’s elections. The mayor said his and Ong’s taking the drug test was their way of showing support for the administration’s war on drugs.

“This is our small way of supporting the war on drugs of President Duterte. And if ever, if God allows, with your (electorate’s) help, we will continue the war on drugs,” Domagoso said.

The Aksyon Demokratiko candidates provided the media PDEA certifications showing they tested negative for cocaine, shabu, marijuana and ecstasy. Domagoso said he chose to be tested at PDEA like Senators Panfilo Lacson and Vicente Sotto III, who are running for president and vice president, respectively, because it is the proper venue for drug testing.

He was apparently reacting to fellow presidential bet, former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., taking his test at St. Luke’s Medical Center.

Meanwhile, Lacson and Sotto Thursday vowed to work together and lead the country as a “council of two” should they be elected in the 2022 May elections.

“We discussed that if we will be elected through the so-called block voting, we will observe a council of two,” Lacson told reporters during their tandem’s weekly “Meet the Press” program.

Their governance, he added, would be anchored on the cooperation between the country’s highest leaders, adding that the vice-president would not be “disregarded” under their term unlike in previous administrations.

“We would defer from the existing system where the president is powerful while the vice-president is being disregarded,” Lacson said.

“It’s not included in our system but I hope the public will realize that it is important for our president and vice president to have a harmonious relationship,” he added.

The two legislators have developed a close friendship during their years at the Senate.

In announcing his presidential bid, Lacson disclosed that Sotto was among those who encouraged him to seek the country’s highest office for the second time following his defeat against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2004.

Lacson is running under the revived Partido Reporma party while Sotto is the vice-presidential bet of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC).

While he is optimistic, Sotto said NPC has yet to formally adopt his running-mate as its standard-bearer.

with Sundy Locus