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Bongbong camp to those questioning drug test result: ‘Walang sasapat na paliwanag sa mga ayaw mapaliwanagan’

The camp of presidential aspirant Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Wednesday said those questioning the veracity of the drug test result of the former senator should address their concerns before the institution that administered the procedure.

In a statement, lawyer Vic Rodriguez, Marcos Jr.'s spokesperson, stressed that the negative drug test result of the presidential aspirant would stand on its own.

"The result of Bongbong Marcos' drug tests will stand on its own and if anyone has any question as to the authenticity, methodology or process done, they should address it to the institutions where the examination was conducted," Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez said Marcos Jr.'s camp would not give attention to those individuals and groups which have negative outlook in life.

"Hindi namin papansinin ang mga tao o grupo na likas ang pagkakaroon ng negatibong pananaw sa buhay. Walang sasapat na paliwanag sa mga ayaw mapaliwanagan at hindi namin kayang ipaunawa sa mga sadyang ayaw umunawa," Rodriguez said.

(We will not give attention to those people or groups which have negative outlook in their lives. Any explanation will not be enough to those who don't accept explanations and we cannot make them understand things if they do not have the intent to understand.)

In a separate interview with reporters, Rodriguez was asked whether Marcos Jr. would undergo another drug test administered by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency. 

"What for? We've submitted to the process. We have submitted the result," Rodriguez replied. 

On Tuesday, Marcos Jr. revealed that he took a cocaine test and submitted the negative result to law enforcement agencies, days after President Rodrigo Duterte had claimed that a presidential aspirant was allegedly using cocaine.

"I really don’t feel that I am the one being alluded to. In spite of that, I believe it is my inherent duty as an aspiring public official to assure my fellow Filipinos that I am against illegal drugs," Marcos Jr. said.

"This is why I took a cocaine test yesterday and the result was submitted this morning to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), the office of the Chief of the PNP (Philippine National Police) and the National Bureau of Investigation. Let me reiterate my assurance to my fellowmen, especially to the supporters of BBM-Sara Uniteam, that I am, and will remain, a vigilant anti-illegal drugs campaigner," he added.

Rodriguez appealed to Marcos Jr.'s critics to spare government agencies such as the Commission on Elections and the Philippine National Police's Crime Laboratory as well as St. Luke's Medical Center in Bonifacio Global City from criticisms.

"Wala po silang kinalaman sa politika, huwag natin silang sirain bagkus atin silang respetuhin," Rodriguez said.

(They are not involved in politics. We should not destroy their reputations and instead respect them.)

Marcos Jr. earlier called on his fellow aspirants to take the drug test even if the Supreme Court already ruled that requiring candidates to take a drug test is illegal as it is not provided under the 1987 Constitution. — RSJ/VBL, GMA News