SENATOR Richard Gordon called Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency’s revelation on showbiz personalities involved in illegal drugs as a “publicity” move and urged the agency to instead file charges.
In an interview with DWIZ radio, Gordon said that PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino’s action is unfair to the showbiz celebrities linked to drugs.
“Unfair yun. Bakit ba kayo nagpapa-publicity? Aaron, General Aaron, hulihin mo, magkaso ka,” Gordon said.
Aquino recently bared that among the 31 celebrities, 11 are actresses while others are actors. A showbiz loveteam was also among those on the drugs watchlist.
Gordon said all public personalities have a right to be presumed innocent.
“Public persona ako, public persona ang mayor, public persona ang artist. Kahit na ganun, may karapatan ka pa rin na ‘wag kang akusahan. You are presumed innocent until proven otherwise,” the senator stressed.
The same argument was also aired by Gordon on the issue of narco-politicians. Gordon had said that before releasing the names, the government must first file appropriate cases in the courts.
The government’s narco-list included 46 politicians involved in the illegal drug trade.
Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III yesterday urged television and movie producers to help in the government’s fight against illegal drugs by helping their talents who they know are into drugs undergo rehabilitation.
Sotto, also an actor himself, advised producers to not give projects to actors and actresses who are drug users to clean the entertainment industry and instead get them rehabilitated.
“Siguro ‘yung mga producer,’ yung mga television network executive o ‘yung mga movie producers, eh wag na nilang kunin ‘yung mga ’yun, ibig sabihin masamang ehemplo sa mga kabataan eh,” Sotto said in an interview over DWIZ.
He added that if the producers see their wards as assets to their companies, they should take steps to pull them away from illegal substance use.
“Kung napaka-importante yung kanilang artista na ‘yun, ipa-rehab nila,” he said.
Sotto earlier said that he is in favor of the move to make public the names of the celebrities on the drug watchlist.
According to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, 20 actors and 11 actresses are included in its drug watchlist but refused to name them to keep from tainting the image of the entertainment industry.