Tim Yap Tests Negative For Drugs Twice, Urges Other Celebs To Get Tested

Normally, one should be presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt and not the other way around.
by F. Valencia
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This is one of those times when being negative is a positive thing.

It may be recalled that just last August, TV personality and events host Tim Yap cried foul over rumors that he is involved in the illegal drug trade. An ABS-CBN News report indicates that Yap was being accused of being a "party drug supplier."

Yap co-owns high-end bars in Metro Manila such as Valkyrie, Aracama, Privé, and Gramercy. In line with the government's war against drugs, these bars—as well as other establishments like it—were subjected to police scrutiny.

Yap has stated in Filipino in a dzBB interview, "Just because I'm in the party scene and I'm at bars and events, it doesn't mean I'm supplying drugs. That's not true."

On September 30, talent management company ALV Talent Circuit, which handles Yap, released a statement that he has tested negative for illegal drugs.

"ALV said Yap tested negative in two separate drug tests conducted [in] August 19 and September 26 at a medical laboratory licensed by the Department of Health and accredited by the Dangerous Drugs Board," reports Marc Jayson Cayabyab on Inquirer.net.

ALV further stated, "(Yap) has reiterated his full support for the government's intensive anti-drug campaign, and encourages his fellow celebrities to do the same."

In this light, ALV also said they will release the results of the drug tests of other celebrities whom they are managing.

While Yap should be commended for how he responded to this issue, we still have to point out that it was rather unfair for him to be forced to prove his innocence just because of some nasty allegations. After all, Yap hasn't broken any laws.

Normally, one should be presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt and not the other way around.

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