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A no-nonsense public servant for more than 40 years, SENATOR PANFILO “PING” MORENA LACSON has been circumspect in matters of public interest and committed against various forms of corruption and wrongdoing, in line with his personal credo: “Ang tama, ipaglaban. Ang mali, labanan. (What is right must be kept right. What is wrong must be set right).”

Lacson first earned a tough, no-nonsense reputation while serving in the Philippine National Police: solving high-profile crimes including kidnap-for-ransom cases in the 1980s and 1990s; and reviving the PNP’s glory days as Chief, PNP from 1999 to 2001.

In the Senate, Lacson is an untiring, tenacious watchdog of the national budget, making sure dubious congressional insertions (a.k.a. pork barrel) and useless appropriations are checked and deleted during plenary debates. More about Senator Lacson here.

This website has official photos, videos, speeches and statements of Senator Lacson. The #PingBills section contains his bills, resolutions and committee reports in the 18th Congress. The #Usaping Katotohanan section seeks to correct misimpressions about Sen. Lacson and his advocacies.

Ping sa PDEA, DDB: Mas Malalim na Imbestigasyon sa Pagsangkot, ‘Connections’ ng Ilang Tsino sa Drug Operations sa Bansa

Shabu seized in Aug. 1, 2021 operation. Image courtesy: PDEA

Bakit lalong nagiging lantaran ang pagkasangkot sa ilegal na droga ng ilang Tsino sa ating bansa? Gaano na sila katagal namamayagpag dito? May koneksyon ba sila sa pamahalaan?

Ito ang mga tanong na inilahad ni Senador Panfilo Lacson nitong Lunes kasabay ng pagsasabing dapat ay mahanapan ng solusyon ng Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) at Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), kasunod ng mga serye ng operasyon ng Philippine National Police (PNP) laban sa ilegal na droga.

“Salute to the PNP! More than these successful police operations, the DDB and PDEA should look deeper into the bold and imprudent behavior of these Chinese nationals to choose the Philippines as their base; how long they had been operating; their possible connections in government, etc.,” saad ni Lacson, na namuno sa PNP noong 1999 hanggang 2001, sa kanyang Twitter account.

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Lacson to PDEA, DDB: Look Deeper into Chinese Nationals’ PH Drug Operations, Connections

Shabu seized in Aug. 1, 2021 operation. Image courtesy: PDEA

Why are some Chinese nationals being bolder in their involvement in drug operations in the Philippines? How long have they been operating here? Do they have connections in government?

These are among the questions that the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and Dangerous Drugs Board should look into, after a series of anti-drug operations by the Philippine National Police, Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson said Monday.

“Salute to the PNP! More than these successful police operations, the DDB and PDEA should look deeper into the bold and imprudent behavior of these Chinese nationals to choose the Philippines as their base; how long they had been operating; their possible connections in government, etc.,” Lacson, who headed the PNP from 1999 to 2001, said in a post on his Twitter account.

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On the Leave of DBM Secretary Avisado and the 2022 Budget’s Early Passage

Even with the physical absence of Secretary Wendel Avisado, the Department of Budget and Management has an abundance of competent and capable career undersecretaries and assistant secretaries who can avail of existing telecommunication technology for his guidance and direction.

I thus cannot see any reason for the delay in the constitutionally mandated 30-day period submission of the National Expenditure Program to Congress, after President Rodrigo Duterte’s State of the Nation Address last July 26.

The same can be said for simultaneous public hearings on the budget in the House of Representatives’ Appropriations Committee and the Senate Finance Committee.

Nevertheless, let us all pray for the speedy and full recovery of Sec. Avisado.

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On the ‘Restoration’ of the RP-US VFA

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I fully support the President’s decision in changing his earlier stand to terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement. Whatever underlying conditions there are in arriving at that decision, if it was connected to additional vaccine donations or any other reasons, I’m sure President Rodrigo Duterte was influenced by the interest of the country and our people.

That being said, the termination of the VFA would have done our country’s security situation more harm than good, especially at this time when incursions into our exclusive economic zone in the West Philippine Sea have become more aggressive and unabated.

This is not to mention the continuing threats of terrorism in our country.

We have to accept the reality that we cannot do it alone, and our bilateral agreements with countries having more upgraded militarily capabilities like the United States and even Australia should be put into good use. The VFA is one way to do this.

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Ping: Pambansang Badyet Papasa sa Takdang Panahon Kahit Naghahanda na Kami sa 2022 Elections

Tiniyak ni Senador Panfilo Lacson sa publiko na ipapasa ng Senado sa takdang panahon ang pambansang gastusin para sa susunod na taon, kahit pa masabay ito sa kanilang paghahanda para sa pangkalahatang halalan sa 2022.

Kasunod ng naunang deklarasyon ng pagsabak sa 2022 presidential elections, inihayag ni Lacson na gagawin niya at maging ng kanyang mga kasamahan sa Senado ang kanilang tungkulin na busisiin ang pambansang badyet at ito ay aprubahan bago mag-break ang sesyon sa Disyembre.

“The passage of the national budget bill will not be delayed if we can help it. While we are aware of the Oct. 1-8 schedule for filing of certificates of candidacy, we can assure our people that the preparations for the 2022 elections will not disrupt our efforts to scrutinize and pass the national budget. Hangga’t nasa loob kami ng Senado at ginagampanan ang aming mga tungkulin bilang senador, we will be legislators first and foremost,” paliwanag ni Lacson.

Sa nakikita ni Lacson, malabong magkaroon ng reenacted budget. “Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III and I are hopeful there will be no reenacted budget, and that the budget bill will be passed before the December break,” dagdag ng mambabatas.

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Lacson Assures Scrutiny, Timely Passage of 2022 Budget Amid Poll Preparations

Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson assured the public the Senate will pass the proposed P5.024-trillion national budget for 2022 on time, amid preparations for the May 2022 general elections.

Lacson, who will seek the presidency in 2022, said he and his fellow senators will do their duty to scrutinize the proposed budget and pass it before Congress’ December break.

“The passage of the national budget bill will not be delayed if we can help it. While we are aware of the Oct. 1-8 schedule for filing of certificates of candidacy, we can assure our people that the preparations for the 2022 elections will not disrupt our efforts to scrutinize and pass the national budget. Hangga’t nasa loob kami ng Senado at ginagampanan ang aming mga tungkulin bilang senador, we will be legislators first and foremost,” he said.

“Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III and I are hopeful there will be no reenacted budget, and that the budget bill will be passed before the December break,” he added.

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Ping, Hinirang na Bagong Chairman ng Partido Reporma

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Ganap nang sumapi at hinirang na chairman ng Partido para sa Demokratikong Reporma (Partido Reporma) si Senador Panfilo Lacson nitong Huwebes.

Nanumpa si Lacson sa harap ni dating Defense Secretary Renato de Villa na nagtatag ng partido, kasabay ng panunumpa ni dating House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez bilang presidente.

“My advocacies are well-aligned with those of Reporma like people’s sovereignty and democracy, decentralization and devolution of powers, social justice responsibility, strong economic foundation, environmental awareness, voters’ education, among others,” pahayag ni Lacson.

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Lacson is New Chairman of Partido Reporma

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Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson on Thursday formally joined the Partido para sa Demokratikong Reporma (Partido Reporma) as its chairman.

Lacson took his oath before party founder and former Defense Secretary Renato de Villa, while former Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez took his oath as party president.

“My advocacies are well-aligned with those of Reporma like people’s sovereignty and democracy, decentralization and devolution of powers, social justice responsibility, strong economic foundation, environmental awareness, voters’ education, among others,” Lacson said.

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Ping: Hidilyn Diaz, Dapat Nang Maging Commissioned Officer ng AFP

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Dapat maging ganap na commissioned officer ng Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) si Tokyo Olympics Gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz dahil sa pambihirang karangalan na inialay ng atleta sa bansa.

Ito ang mungkahi ni Senador Panfilo Lacson sa liderato ng Philippine Air Force (PAF), kung papayagan ng batas at regulasyon ng AFP.

“As chairman of the Senate Committee on National Defense and Security, I would strongly recommend to the AFP leadership that she be given a rank as a commissioned officer of the PAF. It’s the least the service can give her,” banggit ni Lacson sa panayam sa CNN Philippines.

“Such a commission – either as a reserve or regular officer – is not just in recognition of her extraordinary feat, but also in recognition of her great potential to provide a good example to her fellow soldiers both as an athlete and as a leader,” dagdag ng mambabatas.

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Lacson: Hidilyn Diaz Deserves to be Commissioned as AFP Officer for Olympic Feat

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For bringing honor and inspiration to her country and people, Philippine Olympic gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz deserves to be commissioned as an officer of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

On this note, Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson suggested Tuesday to the Philippine Air Force (PAF) leadership that Diaz, a sergeant, be given such a commission, subject to existing laws and AFP regulations.

“As chairman of the Senate Committee on National Defense and Security, I would strongly recommend to the AFP leadership that she be given a rank as a commissioned officer of the PAF. It’s the least the service can give her,” Lacson said in an interview on CNN Philippines.

“Such a commission – either as a reserve or regular officer – is not just in recognition of her extraordinary feat, but also in recognition of her great potential to provide a good example to her fellow soldiers both as an athlete and as a leader,” he added.

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