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PDEA seeks to ban songs about drugs

PDEA seeks to ban songs about drugs

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  • PDEA seeks to ban rapper Shanti Dope’s song, “Amatz”
  • PDEA believes the song promotes the use of illegal drugs
  • The rapper says that PDEA misinterpreted the lyrics

Government agencies seem to be keeping a close eye on the Philippine entertainment scene.

Back in 2018, the Philippine National Police (PNP) tried to stop the airing of ‘FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano’ because it presented corrupt cops on duty.

Now, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) is seeking to ban rap songs, specifically rapper Shanti Dope’s latest hit, “Amatz.”

Rap and hip-hop have often been associated with violence, women, money, and drugs.

PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino claimed that the lyrics of the song promotes the use of marijuana which goes against the Duterte administration’s anti-drug campaign.

The Concerned Artists of the Philippines (CAP) said that PDEA has no say in music, and should just stick to what they really need to do, and that is putting drug lords behind bars.

“One thing, however, is clear: it is not PDEA’s job to be a music critic. Neither is it mandated to promote censorship and the suppression of artistic expression,” said CAP on their Facebook page.

Shanti, in an interview back in March, explained that the song was made to warn people to not use illegal drugs. He compares it to the high that he feels when he is producing music.

“We respect and appreciate our artists in the music industry. However, we strongly oppose the promotion of musical pieces or songs that encourage the recreational use of drugs like marijuana and shabu,” Aquino insisted.

But CAP said  that, “By the time we reach the song’s chorus, ‘Amatz’ already refers to precisely the music through which the persona found his identity – not any form of drugs, but the natural high of creativity and knowing he is the only one who knows to do what he does.”

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Black Lady of ‘Kambal Karibal’ Roence Santos is arrested for 3-million worth of marijuana

Black Lady of ‘Kambal Karibal’ Roence Santos is arrested for 3-million worth of marijuana

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  • She was caught having 9 bricks of marijuana weighing 25 kilos having a total worth of three million pesos
  • She was known for her role as Black Lady in the teleserye “Kambal, Karibal” that topbilled Bianca Umali, Miguel Tanfelix, Pauline Mendoza, and Kylie Alcantara
  • The suspect was in the detention facility in Region 1 while subjected to an on-going investigation

One of the cast members of the Kapuso primetime series “Kambal, Karibal,” Roence Santos, who played the role of Black Lady in the said TV show, has been arrested by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) together with her three companions in Barangay Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union last February 12.

She was caught having 9 bricks of marijuana weighing 25 kilos with a total worth of three million pesos.

Roence Santos is a 42-year-old  film/TV/stage actress from Los Baños, Laguna. She was known more for her role as Black Lady in the teleserye “Kambal, Karibal” that topbilled Bianca Umali, Miguel Tanfelix, Pauline Mendoza, and Kylie Alcantara.

She has also played role in indie films such as Boso, Lasponggols, Mga Anak Ni Brocka, Sandalang Bahay, Miss Pinoy, Puwang, Rotonda, Inang Yaya, Ang Mga Kidnapper ni Ronnie Lazaro, Melancholia, Boses, at Kubrador.

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The PDEA is already preparing to file the case against the actress and her three companions, namely: Marty Razon, Gary Herela, at Mark Norega. According to PDEA La Union provincial officer Darnel Bacate, they were being accompanied by the La Union Police after conducting the operation.

With the team, they were able to stop a Toyota Fortuner with plate number ASA-2328 because there was information that the same vehicle was used by the suspect in carrying illegal drugs from Cavite to La Union, where they have been caught.

For now, the suspects are in a detention facility in Region 1 while being subjected to an on-going investigation. In an interview with Bombo Radyo, Roence said that they are not the owners of the bricks of marijuana inside the car.

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According to her, it was “planted” because there were no fingerprints seen on the evidence. She also narrated how they were abused by the police officers who caught them. Their purpose of traveling to La Union was to visit the surfing area in the town of San Juan.

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Harvard Study shows use of marijuana can possibly increase sperm count

Harvard Study shows use of marijuana can possibly increase sperm count

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  • They found out that men who seemed to have higher concentrations of sperms are those who admitted having smoked marijuana at some points in their lives
  • It’s a fact that marijuana acts on the endocannabinoid system which is known to play a role in fertility
  •  A change in physiology or other associated behaviors can also be responsible for the difference in sperm count, rather than marijuana

Marijuana is a cannabis plant used as a psychoactive drug when smoked or consumed. It is also a commonly used drug worldwide.

Men who are planning on having children are confused whether they will follow the advice to smoke marijuana or not, because the entire results didn’t match up, making it difficult for them to decide.

A study conducted in 2015 to Danish men who smoke marijuana more than once a week showed lower sperm counts. They also found out in a study from last year that marijuana’s active ingredient, THT, can change the structure and development of a sperm’s DNA. But for now, the changes in the DNA that can be passed on to a child remains unknown.

Some researchers had warned that men in their childhood years should consider how weed might affect their fertility and possibly their offspring. However, this research is based on animal model and those with histories of drug abuse.

Harvard University conducted a long-term study that placed the past research in the exact opposite direction. They examined more than a thousand semen samples from 662 men between 2000 and 2017.

Unexpectedly, they found out that men who seemed to have higher concentrations of sperms are those who admitted having smoked marijuana at some points in their lives.

“These unexpected findings highlight how little we know about the reproductive health effects of marijuana, and in fact of the health effects of marijuana in general,” says co-author Jorge Chavarro, an expert in nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard University.

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“Our results need to be interpreted with caution and they highlight the need to further study the health effects of marijuana use.”

The men who reported of their own use of marijuana in this study are to answer questions about whether they currently smoke weed, how much they smoke weed now, or if they had done so in the past.

The result is that fifty-five percent had smoked marijuana before – 44 percent of those men had tried in the past, while 11 percent were current marijuana smokers.

As to compare the result based on their semen samples, they have found out that the average of 62.7 million sperm per milliliter is for men who have smoked marijuana. Those who had never smoked marijuana only had 45.4 million sperm per milliliter. Whether the men had smoked in the past, or if they were current smokers, the result remained the same.

It’s a fact that marijuana acts on the endocannabinoid system, which is known to play a role in fertility. A low level of using marijuana could be some beneficial to sperm production according to the authors.

“An equally plausible interpretation is that our findings could reflect the fact that men with higher testosterone levels are more likely to engage in risk-seeking behaviors, including smoking marijuana,” says Feiby Nassan, a researcher in environmental health and nutrition at Harvard.

A change in physiology or other associated behaviors can also be responsible for the difference in sperm count, rather than the marijuana.

As of now, the evidence was not enough to prove that the use of marijuana can increase male sperm count.

This study has been published in Human Reproduction journals.

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Sen. Tito Sotto says that medical marijuana is already legal in the country

Sen. Tito Sotto says that medical marijuana is already legal in the country

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  • Tito Sotto stated that marijuana is actually already legal in the Philippines.
  • He added that the Food and Drug Administration has a Compassionate Special Permit Circular that provides access to unregistered drugs in the country for compassionate use.

Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III said that there is no need to pass a law that will legalize marijuana for medical use because one already exits.

The politician made the remark after Catriona Gray‘s win in the 2018 Miss Universe pageant on Monday, December 17, wherein she expressed that she approved of the use of cannabis for medical use but not for recreational purposes.

“It is just a matter of information campaign.”

 

He stated that the Section 2 Republic Act 9165 or Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act states that it is the policy that safeguards the integrity of its territory and the well being of its citizens, particularly the youth, from the harmful effects of dangerous drugs.

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“The government shall, however, aim to achieve a balance in the national drug control program so that people with legitimate medical needs are not prevented from being treated with adequate amounts of appropriate medications, which include the use of dangerous drugs.

“Ang linaw nito. Ang ka-kombinasyon nito, ‘yung FDA Compassionate Special Permit Circular No. 2014-009.”

 

The lawmaker added that the Food and Drug Administration also has a Compassionate Special Permit Circular that provides access to drugs and medicines that are not registered in the Philippines for compassionate use.

“So in the RA 9165 and FDA circular, we have a compassionate use provision. It is allowed already. So what are they talking about, they just don’t know the law.

“Meron na ba kayong nabalitaan na ang PNP hinuli ang medical marijuana? Wala, dahil hindi bawal e. Ano ang ile-legalize mo e legal.”

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Dennis Trillo urges the legalization of Marijuana

Dennis Trillo urges the legalization of Marijuana

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  • Dennis Trillo urged for the legalization of Marijuana in the Philippines.
  • He said that he has read researches that state the benefits of the cannabis, who is now legal in most parts of the United States.

After Catriona Gray expressed her support for the legalization of medical Marijuana, Kapuso dramatic actor Dennis Trillo echoed what Miss Universe 2018 have said, during his film One Great Love press conference.

He expressed his support regarding the legalization of Marijuana for medicinal use.

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He mentioned that the cannabis is already legal in other countries, like America. He said that people can just research about its health benefits as there is a wide range of studies regarding the drug.

“Gamot siya sa maraming bagay. 1930s pa na talagang ginagamit siya bilang gamot nung araw.

“Hindi ko alam kung ano ang nangyari bakit siya naging illegal. Pero ngayon, bumabalik na yung katotohanan na gamot talaga. Na-prove ko na yun.”

In his Instagram account, he posted stories about the issue, sharing an illustration showcasing the states wherein marijuana is legal.


He also posted the front page of Pilipino Star Ngayon, where the headline reads “‘Damo’ gawing legal.”

The actor also asked his followers if they think that marijuana should be legalized in the country.

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Marijuana users [who once dishonored President Duterte in a video] finally turn themselves in to authorities

Marijuana users [who once dishonored President Duterte in a video] finally turn themselves in to authorities

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  • Pot smokers who cursed President Rodrigo Duterte two years ago surrendered to the police authorities.
  • The men asked for the President’s forgiveness .

The weed smokers who appeared in a viral video have surrendered to the Malabon City police. Six out of seven guys who seemed high in the video apologized to the President of the Nation for their deed.

Three of the pot smokers were identified as Abraham Adriano, Merson Jimenez, and Royette Pagunsan.

On the other hand, Special Assistant to the President, Bong Go told the young men to eat the pot that they smoked,“Yung mga bata jan, minura niyo pa ang ating Pangulo. Huwag kayong mag-alala, ipaparating ko sa ating Pangulo at irerekomenda ko sa kanya. Ngunit, sigurado ako ipapakain niya sa inyo yung marijuana. Hindi niyo pwedeng hithitan yan, kainin niyo yan. Kung gusto niyong hithitin, dun niyo hithitin sa impyerno.”

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque also made a statement, “They’re never allowed to do that [smoking marijuana]. If we could find out where they are, then they will be put in proper custody of individuals who will provide them necessary services.”

MariJUANa BOYS!

Eto daw yung pinagkakaadikan nila!! kaya Duterte gawin mo na daw legal at puke ng ina mo daw!!!

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The viral video was said to be filmed two years ago, when one of them was 18 years old, and one of them was a minor. It showed them cursing and telling President Duterte to make marijuana legal in the country.

Marijuana Boys na pabida sa viral video, umiiyak na humarap kay NCRPO Chief Eleazar upang humingi ng tawad. Wala na. Finish na.

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“Duterte, i-legal mo na ang weed. ‘Di naman kami gumagawa ng masama e. Sumasaya lang kami.” said one of the boys.

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Approved: Health House Committee is in favor of legalizing Medical Marijuana

Approved: Health House Committee is in favor of legalizing Medical Marijuana

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  • Health Committee approves legalizing Medical Marijuana
  • Legalization of Medical Marijuana is one step away from being a law

Well, only for medical purposes only!

Marijuana legalization

The House Committee on Health has recently approved the bill legalizing and regulating the use of medical marijuana in the Philippines. House Bill 180 dubbed as “Philippine Medical Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act” is now being endorsed by the House panel. This is to follow the consultations of parents, advocacy groups, healthcare practitioners, etc.

Authored by Rodolfo Albano, Isabela representative, Bill 180 aims to legalize and regulate the medical use of cannabis having found out that it is beneficial and has therapeutic uses, especially in treating terminal health cases.

Regulation

When passed into law, Medical Cannabis Compassionate Centers (MCCC) will be founded as the authority to sell, supply, and dispense cannabis. Well, only to those qualified patients or their caregivers through S3-licenses pharmacists.

The scope of the bill also includes the establishment of the Medical Cannabis Research and Safety Compliance Facilities to be mandated in conducting scientific and medical studies of cannabis.

The Department of Health, on the other hand, will issue identification cards to qualified medical patients upon physicians’ certification. Upon the legalization, trainings for medical cannabis physicians will be strictly implemented.

What do you think guys? Share us your thoughts.

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Mom Brags About Her ‘Best Christmas Tree In The World’; Police Says It’s A Giant Marijuana

Mom Brags About Her ‘Best Christmas Tree In The World’; Police Says It’s A Giant Marijuana

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Chile – Angelica Navarro Pereira was arrested for using a huge marijuana plant as her Christmas furniture for the holidays.

Neighbor Renato Quinonez Alfaro said the 50-year-old mom was bragging about her ‘best Christmas tree in the world’ to all the neighbors.

He later said, “Thinking about it, she didn’t invite me in to see her tree,” adding that when they spoke, Pereira said her children “were going to really enjoy Christmas this year and that she had the best tree in the world.”

Alfaro realized he doesn’t remember Pereira taking a Christmas tree in. “Now I know why,” he said.

The suspect was detained with 21 cannabis plants, 29 bags of drugs, 2 homemade shotguns, and £2,500.

According to the police, the ‘tree’ she was bragging about was surrounded by wrapped-up presents when they found it in her home in San Bernardo in the province of Maipo.

“The place was full of drugs. We had been investigating this woman for over a month. We suspected she was involved in trafficking and when we had enough proof we carried out our raid.We expected to find some drugs, but the last thing we expected to see was one of the plants being used as a Christmas tree,” said the police spokesman.

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