Legalize medical marijuana? Doc Willie Ong says 'pwede'

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Posted at Feb 17 2019 08:52 PM | Updated as of Feb 17 2019 09:43 PM

Doctor Willie Ong delivers his introductory remarks during the Harapan 2019 Senatorial Town Hall Debate at ABS-CBN on February 17, 2019. ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The Philippines can legalize medical marijuana for certain health conditions, a doctor seeking a Senate seat in the May 13 elections said Sunday.

"Pwede lalo na sa mga stage 4 cancer. Bigyan natin ng chance after ng medical studies," Doctor Willie Ong said during "Harapan 2019: The ABS-CBN Senatorial Town Hall Debate."

(It's possible especially for those with stage 4 cancer. Let's give it a chance after medical studies.)

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The House of Representatives last month passed a bill legalizing the use and research of medical marijuana in the country.

The bill seeks to provide "compassionate and right of access to medical cannabis and expanding research into its medicinal properties."

Some senators last year also expressed openness to the idea of legalizing medical cannabis in the country.

Ong, known for his health tips and advice on social media, is running under the banner of Lakas-CMD. He said he hopes to continue the legacy of the late senator Juan Flavier, who was also from Lakas-CMD.

If elected senator, he said he would push for free laboratory tests under Philhealth and cheaper or free medicines.