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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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Comelec tells Jay Sonza to ‘fact-check’ after accusing them of being in the payroll of narco-politicians

Comelec tells Jay Sonza to ‘fact-check’ after accusing them of being in the payroll of narco-politicians

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  • Sonza accuses Comelec for being under narco-politicians’ payroll when they do not want to release the ‘narco list’
  • The release of ‘narco list’ can be seen as negative campaigning according to Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon
  • Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez calls out Sonza that he wanted the ‘narco list’ as guide for voters even way back in the barangay elections

Commission on Elections spokesman, Director James Jimenez, urged former newscaster and talk show host Jay Sonza to check his facts first before spreading fake news once more.

In a Twitter post yesterday, Sonza reported that “study shows: 9 out 10 Filipinos want the narco politician list out in the open now. ilang comelec na madaldal lang ang ayaw. Bakit? nasa payroll ba kayo ng mga narco politicians com. guazon at dir. Jimenez?”

This was in reference to Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon’s interview on Super Radyo dzBB, where she called the release of the narco list during election periods as “unfair” as it could be seen as negative campaigning.

She advised instead to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to file cases against the politicians who are involved in drug trade first before releasing the list.

Kung ilabas niyo sana ‘yan, dapat kinasuhan niyo. Pwedeng ilagay niyo, ‘Ito may mga kaso na laban sa mga taong ito for violating Dangerous Drugs Act. Pwede,” clarified Guanzon.

Jimenez readily answered the broadcast journalist’s post with, “Hahaha check your facts, Boss Jay, Barangay elections pa lang, sinasabi ko na magagamit ng botante ang listahan bilang gabay sa pagpili. Ask @DILGPhilippines about our efforts then, para maliwanagan po kayo.”

Netizens were quick to ask Sonza for a copy of the study he was referring to, but the newscaster only referred to a research conducted by ABS-CBN and did not provide any actual links to it.

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Palace rejects PDEA’s surprise drug test for 2019 election candidates

Palace rejects PDEA’s surprise drug test for 2019 election candidates

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  • Malacañang said no to PDEA’s surprise drug test suggestion.
  • Panelo said that such things should be done voluntarily.

Malacañang rejected Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)’s proposal to conduct a surprise drug test on candidates of the 2019 midterm elections.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo stated that things like drug tests should be taken voluntarily and cannot be forced on the candidates. He added that if the candidate is hiding nothing, they would surely volunteer.

“Well sa tingin ko, dapat voluntary. Kung ayaw hindi naman pupuwedeng pupuwersahin mo. 

“Kung wala naman talagang itinatago, magbu-volunteer talaga iyan.”

On October 17, PDEA’s Director General Aaron Aquino suggested the idea if conducting the drug tests to aspirants of next year’s elections to figure out if they are involved with illegal drug business or not. He added that it should be done without the candidates’ prior knowledge to prevent them from not using it before the said tests to get a negative result.

In the same day, Panelo revealed that President Rodrigo Duterte is thinking about Dangerous Drugs Board‘s (DDB) suggestion to release the names of  alleged “narco-politicians” ahead of the 2019 elections.

This is the result of Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) asking help from COMELEC in disqualifying those aspirants involved and included in the government’s narco-list.

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Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency plans to conduct drug test for students and teachers

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency plans to conduct drug test for students and teachers

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  • PDEA suggests mandatory drug testing for all students and teachers of public and private schools all over the country.
  • The agency has also acquired Php190 worth of equipment to help them with their drug testing operations.

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency or PDEA is now eyeing to conduct drug tests for all students and teachers of public and private schools nationwide.

PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino said that they have asked the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) regarding the proposal or regulations that will later be sent to the Department of Education. He also said that no one should be exempted from this order as they recently caught a 10-year-old Grade 4 student allegedly using drugs. Another case is the three teachers who were caught in Mindanao for drug-related offenses.

“Iyung mga series of arrests na ginagawa natin, iyung nai-involve ay mga estudyante saka mga teachers. Iyung pinaka-youngest naming [hinuli] is I think 10 years old”

Aquino also revealed that they’ve received information about teachers selling drugs to their students at the school.

However, Education Secretary Leonor Briones stated that in order to conduct the drug tests for students, the parents must give their consent first. They also said that the results of the drug test should not be a basis for expulsion.

On the other hand, PDEA has also acquired Php190 million worth of apparatuses, mobiles, and equipment to help them with their drug testing operations all over the country. It includes 43 passenger vans worth more than Php61 million; sedans worth Php18 million; and 120 motorcycles worth Php12 million.

They have also acquired computer equipment worth Php8.2 million.

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