The Quezon City Council is in full support and lauds the decision of their colleague Councilor Hero Clarence Bautista to take a leave from the City Council as he submits himself to a six month mandatory rehabilitation program stipulated by the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 for all government officials that test positive for illegal drug use.
On August 16, 2016, during the 4th Regular Session of the 20th City Council, Councilor Hero Clarence Bautista availed of the privilege hour to shed light on rumors circulating that he yielded positive in the surprise drug testing conducted by all the members of the City Council on August 1 and 2, 2016 and on social media allegations that his older brother Mayor Herbert Bautista was a drug protector.
"I am volunteering myself to embark on a journey, a journey of soul searching and self discovery... Kumbaga sa radyo o TV, this is Hero Bautista, now signing off. I am a victim of a drug menace."
Under the Quezon City Drug Free QC Ordinance, any government official/employee, who after being tested positive of drug use, shall undergo a mandatory rehabilitation program, after which he or she is expected to test negative, and thereby be allowed to go back to work. This intervention is consistent with the policy of the City Government ensure that its public servants set good examples to its residents and protect them against the deleterious effects of dangerous drugs.