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Daily Tribune : Bongbong Marcos maintains he’s not into cocaine

News & Interviews
23 November 2021

By Michelle R. Guillang | Daily Tribune

Former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. maintained that he is not the one being referred to by President Rodrigo Duterte as the presidential aspirant who has been using cocaine.

As proof, the son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos subjected himself to a couple of drug tests and yielded negative results.

“I really don’t feel that I am the one being alluded to. In spite of that, I believe it is my inherent duty as an aspiring public official to assure my fellow Filipinos that I am against illegal drugs,” Marcos said in a statement.

Marcos disclosed that he took a cocaine test and submitted the result on Tuesday, 23 November, to law enforcement agencies amid the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) investigation to the President Rodrigo Duterte’s claim that a candidate running for president in next year’s elections is into the illegal substance.

“This is why I took a cocaine test yesterday and the result was submitted this morning to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), the office of the Chief of the PNP, and the National Bureau of Investigation,” he disclosed.

In a text message to Daily Tribune, Marcos’ spokesperson lawyer Vic Rodriguez said that the presidential aspirant also previously tested negative for shabu and marijuana use when he underwent a mandatory drug testing at PNP headquarters in Quezon City for his application to carry firearms outside of residence.

Marcos got tested on 10 November and his test result was also submitted to law enforcement agencies on 23 November.

“Let me reiterate my assurance to my fellowmen, especially to the supporters of BBM-Sara Uniteam, that I am, and will remain, a vigilant anti-illegal drugs campaigner!” Marcos stressed.

The former lawmaker was referring to his running mate, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, the President’s eldest daughter.

He also called on his fellow aspirants to voluntarily undergo drug tests to assure the public that no elected public official is into illegal drugs.

Marcos bared in a vlog by radio broadcaster Anthony Taberna that he got tested for drugs at St. Luke’s Hospital on Monday, 22 November.

On that same day, presidential aspirant Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson and his running mate, Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III underwent voluntary multi-drug testing at the PDEA office.

During his speech on 18 November, Duterte alleged that a presidential aspirant uses cocaine with a famous father—a description that slightly fits Marcos, Jr., being the son and namesake of the late ousted dictator, Ferdinand Marcos, Sr.

The Chief Executive, likewise, warned voters of Marcos, tagging him as “spoiled” and “weak leader” in times of crisis.

Newly appointed Philippine National Police Chief Police General Dionardo Carlos on Monday revealed that PNP’s anti-narcotics group has launched an investigation into Duterte’s claim.

Amid her father’s tirades against her running mate, Duterte-Carpio defended her alliance with Marcos during their tandem’s first public campaign in Tagum City, Davao del Norte on 21 November.

The President’s daughter also asked their supporters to “protect” Marcos.