LTO to Defy Law Repealing Mandatory Drug Testing
Manila, Philippines --- The Land Transportation Office will continue to require mandatory drug testing for those applying for or renewing their driver's licenses despite the new law repealing the requirement.
Land Transportation Office (LTO) Chief Virginia Torres yesterday clarified that Republic Act 10586, or the Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act of 2013, should not be misconstrued as inconsistent with Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
Torres said the LTO will continue to require drivers to undergo drug testing to ensure that no drug-addicted individual gets or renews his license to operate a motor vehicle and ply the streets of the country, as required by RA 9165.
She stressed this despite a provision of RA 10586 that repeals subparagraph (a) of Section 36 of RA 9165 and other laws that are inconsistent with the new legislation.
"The mandatory drug testing requirement for drivers stays. RA 9165 is consistent with RA 10586," Torres said.
Lawyer Teofilo E. Guadiz III, LTO Region 1 director, had earlier said that mandatory drug testing for those applying for or renewing their driver's licenses will no longer be required once the "Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act of 2013" takes effect, citing RA 10586 which repealed Section 36, subparagraph (a), of RA 9165, among other provisions of existing laws.
Under Section 36 (a) of RA 9165, it states that, "No driver's license shall be issued or renewed to any person unless he/she presents a certification that he/she has undergone a mandatory drug test and indicating thereon that he/she is free from the use of dangerous drugs."
Guadiz III said that the new law is very explicit and needs no interpretation. …