Bong Go says he’s willing to undergo complete drug, neurological test

Published November 24, 2021, 4:53 PM

by Hannah Torregoza 

Presidential aspirant and Senator Christopher “Bong” Go on Wednesday said he is willing to undergo a complete drug test, saying the Filipinos have the right to know if a candidate is fit to lead the country.

“Walang problema sa akin, anytime, ayoko lang makipagunahan sa kanila (I have no problem with that, anytime, I just don’t want to race against the others),” Go said in an interview in Caloocan City.

“Kung maaari ‘yung kumpletong drug test na talaga. Yung pinaka kumpleto na drug test (As much as possible I want to undergo a complete drug test. The most complete drug test),” he added.

Go also said he doesn’t want to trade barbs nor dictate other candidates on what they should do to convince voters in the upcoming May 2022 elections.

“Ayoko lang din makipag-siraan sa ibang kandidato, dahil kandidato din ako. Mahirap naman sabihin na ito gawin mo, ito gawin nila. Dapat po ito ay kusa po ng bawat kandidato para mapatunayan natin sa publiko na fit tayong mamuno ng ating bansa (I don’t want to destroy other candidates because I’m a candidate too. It’s hard to say do this, or they should do it this way. Each candidate should voluntarily prove to the public that we are fit to lead the country),” the Duterte administration’s presidential bet stressed.

Aside from drug test, he is also willing to undergo neurological test to also prove he is competent to lead the country.

“In fairness sa lahat ng kandidato ayoko po manira, ayoko po magbigay ng pangalan, so patunayan na lang po natin sa kanila eh kung ‘di naman po totoo, wala naman pong napatunayan eh ‘di tapos na po ang usapan (In fairness to other candidates, I don’t’ want to destroy their reputation, so let’s just prove to the people, if it’s not true, and nothing is proven. Then let’s put the issue to rest),” he said.

Last Monday, Senators Panfilo Lacson and Vicente Sotto III underwent a voluntary drug testing at the Philippine Enforcement Drug Agency (PDEA) in response to President Duterte’s warning to voters that one of the presidential candidates in the May 2022 elections is a “cocaine-user.” They were found negative of any illegal drug substance.

Presidential aspirant and former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. on Tuesday said he took a cocaine test and submitted the negative result to authorities.

Sen. Manny Pacquiao, another presidential aspirant said he tested negative twice this year for cocaine and methamphetamine use after taking anti-dope tests from the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA).