'Take a drug test,' Trillanes tells Duterte after marijuana joke

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President Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Antonio Trillanes. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 6) —  The dare game just seems to continue for Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and President Rodrigo Duterte.

Trillanes on Thursday again called on Duterte to take a drug test after the country's chief executive joked about supposed marijuana use. 

The President in a speech Monday night claimed he uses marijuana to help him stay awake amid hectic schedules in international meetings. 

"Duterte is desperately trying to contain the damage of his admission about marijuana use by saying it is just a joke," Trillanes said in a press statement. 

"Too late! Bistado na sya na isa rin pala siyang durugista (He's now exposed, he's also an addict)."

"Now, if he really wants to clear himself, I am again calling on him to take a drug test," the senator added.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, however, said Duterte would not even dignify the challenge. 

"I think he should be the one to undergo that. Hindi niya papatulan 'yun (he will not do it)," Panelo said in a media briefing Thursday. 

Following Monday's speech, Duterte reiterated the marijuana claim was only a joke. "Ngayon, kung maniwala kayo, eh g*** kayo. (If you believe it, then you're dumb.)," he said during a chance interview with reporters.

The Palace later came to his defense, as Panelo noted there was "no logic" behind the statement. He added the President— just like any other person— is entitled to crack jokes every now and then. 

This is not the first time Trillanes dared Duterte to take a drug screening.

In August, the embattled senator, who had just undergone a random mandatory drug testing for senate employees, shared on Twitter a copy of his test where he tested negative.

He then dared the Duterte clan to prove they were drug-free.

READ: Palace on Trillanes' drug test challenge: 'You don't tell the President what to do'

During the same month, Trillanes also challenged Duterte to an intelligence quotient (IQ) test.

The dare stemmed from Trillanes' Twitter tirade that Duterte was the  "laziest, craziest, and worst president this country ever had." The senator claimed he would resign should Duterte get a higher IQ score.

A known staunch critic of the President, Trillanes made headlines this year when Duterte's Proclamation No. 572 voided the amnesty given to him in 2011.  

READ: Duterte says probe ongoing on Trillanes parents' gov't transactions

Several netizens and human rights groups slammed the President's joke amid the administration's ongoing war on drugs. 

International organization Human Rights Watch, in a statement, said Duterte's claim of marijuana use is "no joke." 

"Marijuana is illegal in the Philippines, and Duterte's admission of using it - whether in jest or not - undermines the rationale for his "drug war" and exposes its murderous hypocrisy. It adds cruel insult to injury for the victims and their families," the statement read.