- Boy Abunda gave his support for mandatory drug testing among showbiz stars
- He said celebrities should not be exempt from the so-called “war against drugs”
- He will also be asking talents he is managing to submit themselves to drug testing by authorities when asked
Celebrity talent manager and talk show host Boy Abunda expressed support for requiring showbiz personalities to undergo mandatory drug testing.
Abunda says that the entertainment industry should not be exempt from the ongoing war against drugs being implemented by the government. This also means celebrities should not be given special treatment in this regard.
“Tayo ay titignan dapat bilang mamamayan. Kung ito ay ginagawa sa iba’t ibang sektor ng lipunan. [We should be seen as citizens. If this is being done in the different sectors of society]… Why would we expect special treatment? So kung ito ay kinakailangan, bakit hindi gawin? [So if this is needed, why shouldn’t it not be done?] That’s my stand,” he explained to ABS-CBN News.
Earlier, another high profile celebrity, action star Robin Padilla said that the government should not name celebrities allegedly involved in illegal drugs.
In response, Abunda said that while he respects Padilla’s stance, there should be fair treatment to all.
“I respect that. Nabasa ko ‘yung stand ni Binoy. [I read the stand of Robin Padilla.] I respect that. Ang akin ay [for me] what is done to one sector should be applicable to all. Let’s not impose anything that we cannot impose on ourselves. Kung patas ay patas ang laban. Ang pakiusap ko lang, sana ang vetting process, ang pag-imbestiga ay mabusisi. [There should be a fair fight. My request is that, in the vetting process, the investigation should be thorough.] We are a public business, reputation is at stake. Kahit hindi ka naman nasa [Even if you are not in the] show business, reputation is reputation. So kung ano ang ina-apply doon sa ibang sektor [So what is being applied in the other sectors], if it has to be applied to the business of showbiz, then so be it,” he added.
Abunda said he will be asking talents under his management to submit themselves to drug testing if required by authorities.