• President-elect Duterte said he was saddened by the death of 5 concertgoers of speculated drug overdose in a Pasay City event last May 21
  • He plans to impose stricter measures on parties and concerts to prevent illegal drugs from being “passed around like candy”
  • He said while he is still not proclaimed as president, he can only share his insights on the incident

Presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte said he will impose stricter protocols on parties and concerts following the death of 5 people in a music festival in Pasay City last May 21.

“I’m sad that it had to end that way,” Duterte said, quoting  news reports, “there is nothing definitive… that would indicate that it was otherwise or there is a foul play,” as per an article published by GMA News.

Authorities said there are indications that at least 2 of the fatalities were of a drug overdose, but they are looking into the possibility of food poisoning or heat stroke.

Pasay Police investigation division Chief Insp. Rolando Baula said they are also investigating reports on social media that party drugs like “green apple” or “dirty shabs” were being used by some concertgoers.

Duterte acknowledged that said use of illegal drugs is common in outdoor events and even “passed around like candy”.

He also said the Pasay police have the jurisdiction over the incident but pointed out that the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) could help if drugs were indeed involved, as per an article published by Inquirer.

“If there is an indication of drugs, the PDEA and maybe the NBI would want to pitch in,” he said.

According to Duterte, for the time being that he hasn’t been yet proclaimed president, he can only provide his insights on the incident.

“After I assume presidency, I would be keen on activities such as these. They would not be banned but regulated for sure,” said Duterte,”We cannot prohibit people to assemble at a certain place, crowd together, but we can always regulate…Frisking is not allowed before they enter the area. That’s too fascistic. We’ll scatter government security to smell around and arrest immediately.”