Dingdong Dantes said that he’s willing to undergo voluntary drug test in connection with President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs.
“I underwent it when I submitted my application sa National Youth Commission way back in 2014. It was one of the mandatory tests that was held.”
Asked if he’s willing to go through voluntary drug test this year, the Kapuso star readily replied, “Sure!”
While he supports the government’s campaign against illegal drugs, Dingdong hopes that the authorities will gather enough evidence before releasing any names of celebrities allegedly on President Duterte’s drug watchlist.
Dingdong explained: “As long as ang basis nila ay malakas at meron talaga silang evidence na pinanggagalingan, bakit naman maiiba ang trato sa mga artista as compared to all the other citizens?
“But, kinakailangang isipin din at unawain na magkakaroon ng hindi magagandang repercussions especially for actors. Hindi naman sila public servants.
“Hindi naman sila may hawak ng buhay ng maraming tao na kapag mali ang impormasyon na nabigay — which nangyayari nga, minsan may mga pagkakamali — maraming masira ang buhay ng isang tao.
“In terms of equality, dapat pantay-pantay ang trato.
“Pero kailangan din i-consider na iba ang magiging repercussion pagdating sa industriya na ito.”
How will he rate President Duterte’s performance as a leader?
Dingdong answered, “I don’t wanna rate him at this point.
“But I think, with what his plans are, kailangan natin siyang suportahan.
“And at the same time, we should also watch him and, of course, the people running the government para may check and balance palagi.
“Magandang naririnig yung boses ng mamamayan. Pero mas mahalagang sinusuportahan din ang ating mga leaders.”
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) briefly interviewed Dingdong after the PEPtalk shoot last Thursday, November 10.
MARCOS BURIAL. Meanwhile, Dingdong weighed in on Supreme Court's decision to allow the interment of the late dictator and President Ferdinand Marcos at Libingan ng mga Bayani (LBNM).
Last November 8, it can be recalled that the Supreme Court dismissed the consolidated petitions seeking to stop the transfer of ex-President Marcos's remains to LNMB.
Dingdong said, “I was hoping na hindi...
“Pero it’s something na napagdesisyunan na at kung ito'y nasa batas, wala na tayo magagawa sa ngayon.
“Pero para sa akin, hindi siya bayani.”
The 36-year-old Kapuso star elaborated, “While we respect the SC decision, this should also serve as a wake-up call for all of us, especially our youth, to revisit kung ano ba talaga ang mga values natin.
“Sa mga naniniwalang hindi dapat siya inilibing doon, hindi ito ang katapusan ng laban.
“In fact, mas mahalagang palawakin pa natin ngayon ang pang-unawa sa kasaysayan, di ba?
"Huwag natin siyang gawing walang saysay.
“At nasa kamay natin ngayon bilang mamamayan na mas magpakita ng pagmamalasakit sa bayan, lalo na sa kapwa-Pilipino.
"Na hindi na maulit ang mga kamalian na dala ng nakaraan.”
A former commissioner of the National Youth Commission (NYC), Dingdong remains active in pursuing his personal advocacies through Yes Pinoy foundation, a non-government organization he founded in 2009.
“Yung main advocacies I was lobbying in NYC are the same ones also."
"Even in my capacity as a private citizen ay nagagawa ko pa rin yun.”