De Lima seeks mandatory drug tests in prisons


Posted at Jul 11 2017 03:39 PM

Detained Senator Leila de Lima on Monday said prisoners and jail guards should be subjected to mandatory and unannounced drug tests to curb the use of illegal drugs inside penitentiaries nationwide.

Under De Lima's proposed Drug-Free Prisons Act of 2017, inmates who tested positive will be transferred to rehabilitation facilities, while jail officials proven to have used illegal drugs will face administrative and criminal sanctions.

"With this measure, it is envisioned that our detention facilities and correctional institutions shall finally be rid of the scourge of illegal drugs," De Lima, currently jailed in Camp Crame over her alleged drug ties, said in a statement. 

"Any positive drug result shall affect any petition of a prisoner who is seeking pardon or parole," De Lima's senate bill read.

De Lima, who served as Justice Secretary under former president Benigno Aquino III, was placed in detention for allegedly masterminding the illegal drug trade inside the national penitentiary. De Lima has repeatedly denied the accusation.