TAGBILARAN CITY – The infamous death sentence against heinous crimes had been erased from the law but the proliferation of illegal drugs abuse and trade in Bohol has prompted some people to suggest that government imposes it anew. A caller/listener of DYTR radio has strongly indorsed the revival of the death penalty against illegal drugs crimes apparently to deter the commission other crimes relative to drug use and abuse.
Another caller did not agree on the proposal (imposition of death penalty). He argued that it’s useless because only the poor victims got sentenced to death. Random drug test on government officials and employees has gained traction and supported by government officials.
Anchorman Edgar Tumanda said that a group of women he did not identify has been pushing for the drug test of all government functionaries and workers.
The debate over the proposal for the death penalty came following the apprehension of a Mabini town municipal engineer for his alleged involvement in illegaldrugs following the raid in Guindulman town. He is now facing appropriate charges under prosecution.
City administrator Leonides “Edi” Borja said that Mayor Baba Yap is amenable of the proposal. Infact, he said this matter (random drug exam) on the city hall workers has been discussed already.
He said he is agreeable to push for this measure to find out employees’s involvement in dope, saying that city hall workers who are into doping are unfit to serve the people.
“It’s a matter of time,” Borja said, warning that those found guilty of doping will be either suspended or terminated from their job. He vowed the randon drug test will be done within the year. “Atong himoon gyud ‘ni,” since government workers are supposedly the “role model.”
For her part, city schools division superintendent Evangel Luminarias told the program “OK kaayo ug welcome” the move (random drugs test).
But she said the school still to tap the financial resources for the teachers to undergo drug test because it’s expensive. She bared that DepEd does not an appropriation for this.
Some texters also pushed for the random drugs test on barangay tanods and other officials.
Tumanda, an incumbent barangay chairman of Minol, Mabini, Bohol, is also willing for the random drug test among his colleagues. (rvo)