In response to the challenge of City Councilor Gregorio Roy Ventura, three councilors of Puerto Princesa have undergone drug-testing and submitted the results to the Council’s Secretariat and the City Police Office. The three councilors included Victor Oliveros, Matthew Mendoza and Primo Loreno.
Oliveros was the first one to respond to the challenge, taking the test with his legislative staff. He was followed by Mendoza and Loreno whose results all turned out negative for illegal drug use. Oliveros has stated in one of his speeches that he will do the testing regularly to avoid questions on the test’s credibility.
Meanwhile, none of the other members of the City Council have indicated signs of following suit, despite their former agreement to undergo such test.
It can be recalled that the drugs issue was brought to the council by Atty. Nesario Awat when the councilors discussed the City Police Office’s alleged complacency in implementing Project Double Barrel in the city. Ventura challenged his colleagues to undergo drug-testing in order to set a good example to other officers in the city.