For once, Sen. Vicente "Tito" Sotto III makes perfect sense.
The controversial lawmaker, famous for being a comedian in show business and notorious for head-scratching ideas (the Cybercrime Prevention Act, for one), is finally uttering something that is actually logical. According to the latest press release from the Senate of the Philippines, Sotto has stressed that--with the advent of Republic Act 10586, or the Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act of 2013--the mandatory drug testing conducted by the Land Transportation Office when issuing or renewing a driver's license, is now already useless and unnecessary.
The new law, according to the press statement, "expressly revoked Sec. 36 (a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, which mandated the drug testing." The statement also added that Sen. Sotto "pointed out that drug testing has become a waste of money for motorists as well as an ineffective requirement, citing data mined from the Department of Health and the Dangerous Drug Board."
"Data showed that out of millions tested, a mere 0.06% yielded positive results in the drug tests conducted by the LTO from 2002 to 2010," the press release explained.
This is because "they (the drug users) are able to 'come clean' during the drug test," the senator was quoted as saying. "It has led to a mockery of the drug-test requirement."
The mandatory drug test, the statement said, was in fact just "an added burden to responsible motorists, as they shelled out money for something that drug users could easily get away with."
"The mandatory drug test has not served its purpose," Sotto reportedly said.
The senator, said the statement, maintains that drug testing should be applied to those suspected of drunk driving, as well as drivers involved in an accident--not to all license applicants.
Ah, just this once, Tito Sotto sounds more Harvard than Wanbol.