Star Magic talents test negative for illegal drugs - report

MANILA, Philippines - To dispel rumors of drug use in its community, ABS-CBN’s talent management arm Star Magic conducted a “supervised and voluntary” drug test on its 40 artists on Saturday, August 27. Forty artists including Jake Cuenca, Diego Loyzaga, and Enrique Gil tested negative for drugs.

Star Magic talents test negative for drugs

On Monday, August 29, Star Magic told Rappler in a text message: “Star Magic has just conducted a supervised and voluntary drug test for 40 of its artists to belie rumors of drug use in its community. Results were 100% negative for Jake Cuenca, Enrique Gil, Diego Loyzaga, and the rest of the magic artists.”

Star Magic’s statement didn’t mention the names of 37 other artists who underwent drug test.

Following DJ Karen Bordador’s arrest for reportedly violating several sections of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act Of 2002, several netizens urged entertainment networks to conduct drug tests on their artists.

GMA-7 is yet to give a statement if they will also conduct drug test on their artists.

Veteran action star Robin Padilla, a known supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte, has earlier urged Malacañang not to release a list of celebrities reportedly involved in illegal drugs without having a dialogue with them first.

Padilla told Interaksyon: “Yun pong mga pangalan nung mga artista ay wag muna pong ilabas. Sana magkaruon muna ng dialogue ho ang mga artista, ang mga manager sa PNP (Philippine National Police) o kung anu mang ahensya, sapagkat ang mga artista po — tandaan po natin — mga taxpayers din ho sila. Sana po mabigyan sila ng puwang dahil sila po ay biktima rin.”

(Please don’t yet release the names of celebrities. I hope that that the artists and managers can have a dialogue with the PNP or whatever agency because we should remember that celebrities are also taxpayers. I hope that they will be given a space since they are also victims.)

However, Padilla clarified that his appeal does not involve celebrity drug pushers and that he supports Duterte’s strategy of publicly naming and shaming drug personalities.

Padilla’s controversial statement earned flak of netizens.

--Mini, The Summit Express

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