Celebs on drug watch list offered advice

March 29, 2019
Salvador Panelo

CELEBRITIES on the government’s drug watch list should stop using illegal drugs or else they will have to face health problems and the risk of losing their fans, Malacañang said yesterday.

At least 31 celebrities are on the watch list of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) but its chief, Aaron Aquino, said the list, mostly composed of young men, still needed validation.

“The message is of course you should not be involved. You have to rehabilitate yourselves. You cannot be doing that because you’re destroying your own selves,” presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said at a news conference.

“If they will not warn themselves about their involvement certainly it will be destructive of their own health, destructive of their own family and certainly they will be losing their adoring fans.”

Panelo said the government will extend help to celebrities willing to undergo drug rehabilitation.

The Palace is still waiting for President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision on whether to release the names of celebrities alleged to have been involved in illegal drugs. Duterte himself read out the names of 46 politicians accused of drug links during a peace and order council meeting in Davao City on March 14.

“I guess the President will have to determine whether or not he will direct the release of the personalities named therein. I cannot read the mind of the President at this time,” Panelo said.