PNoy: Nora Aunor can’t be a National Artist due to her drug case

President Aquino said that Nora Aunor’s case on illegal drugs in US was the reason for the omission of Aunor’s name in the final list of National Artists signed by the president.

“Na-convict po siya sa drugs – na-convict at naparusahan at ang tanong ngayon dito, kapag ginawa ba [si Nora Aunor na] National Artist may mensahe ba akong maliwanag na sinasabi sa sambayanan?” Aquino said to reporters after the 67th anniversary event of the Philippine Air Force in Clark Airbase.

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“Ginagalang ko siya, kinikilala ko yung kanyang trabaho at yang mga obra pero ang problema ko mukhang mas mataas yung prayoridad na maliwanag na may mensahe na yung droga zero tolerance tayo dito, mali all the time,” he said.

“Ayokong magkaroon ng mensahe na kung minsan pwede yung iligal na droga or acceptable. Yung dapat na mensahe it is always bad – and I cannot emphasize that message enough,” the president said.

“Ganun talaga ang trabahong ito, maski anong ang desisyon ko, mayroon talagang papanig sa salungat sa anumang desiyon ko,” Aquino said.

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