MANILA, June 20 (Mabuhay) — A debate has started in crafting Implementing Rules and Regulation of the controversial Republic Act 10586, known as the Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act of 2013.
This was the assessment of some stakeholders after they expressed contradicting statements on the new law which will eradicate some existing requirements in securing a driver’s license.
Land Transportation Office Chief Assistant Sec. Virginia Torres said her office will press for the retention of drug testing, claiming this is a deterrent in fighting illegal drugs.
“Drug testing is consistent and not inconsistent,” Torres said in a text message to the Philippines News Agency.
She said it has been proven effective in the past although not 100 percent that drug testing before securing new driver’s licenses is a deterrent to drug use.
When asked if she will insist in retaining this provision under the new law, Torres did not directly say yes but she wants to read the final version of the IRR.
Her reaction is based on resigned Senate Majority Floor Leader Vicente Sotto’s claims that drug testing is a thing of the past under the new law.
Sotto explained that Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act of 2013 repeals mandatory drug testing and only drivers who will be involved in a car crash or other accidents should undergo drug testing.
The stakeholders formulating the IRR include the Dept. of Health, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority and the National Police Commission.
The next meeting will be on June 27. (MNS)