Incoming House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is "seriously" considering requiring a drug test for all incoming House representatives.
"Why not? I will take that suggestion seriously," said Alvarez in a Meet Inquirer Multimedia forum on Tuesday, June 14.
Members who test positive will be rehabilitated, said Alvarez in jest.
Alvarez, the newly-elected Davao del Norte representative, is chosen as the new Speaker of the House starting July. He is part of the "supermajority" led by President-elect Rodrigo Duterte's Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).
The Davao representative is also a longtime friend of Duterte. He is known for his strong stand against drug pushers and drug lords.
He had previously set multimillion-peso bounties on drug lords.
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The incoming speaker also wants the lawmakers and other politicians to stop wearing glamorous gowns and suits to the President's State of the Nation Address (SONA) as if attending a party.
"Kung ano yung attire pag pupunta ka ng opisina, yun dapat. Hindi yung parang pupunta ka ng party," said Alvarez.
He added that the SONA should stop being a fashion show, especially in the face of rampant poverty in the country. He asserted that the Civil Code does not approve of this display of wealth.