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A no-nonsense public servant for more than 40 years, Senator Panfilo Morena Lacson has compiled a solid record against wrongdoing, in line with his personal credo: What is right must be kept right; what is wrong must be set right.
Lacson is an untiring, tenacious watchdog of the national budget, making sure dubious congressional insertions (pork barrel) and useless appropriations are checked and deleted during plenary debates.
Ten years before the multibillion-peso Priority Development Assistance Fund (pork) scam exploded, Lacson already detailed in a March 2003 privilege speech how public funds were pocketed via PDAF.
He also had his PhP200-million-a-year PDAF allocations returned to the National Treasury, saving government PhP2.4 billion in 12 years.
In the current (17th) Congress, Lacson is the principal sponsor of the National ID System Law (Republic Act 11055), which provides for easier transactions with the government and private entities and which helps deter criminality. Lacson had been a perennial author of the measure since his first term as senator in 2001.
He is one of the principal authors of Republic Act 10969, the Free Irrigation Law, being the first to file a bill for it in the Senate via Senate Bill 43, The Free Irrigation Services Act.
Lacson is the principal author and sponsor of the measure restoring the subpoena powers of the PNP-CIDG. The measure was signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte as Republic Act 10973.
He had a role in crafting major measures such as Republic Act 10927, which amended the Anti-Money Laundering Act to include casinos as “covered persons.”
Also, Lacson sponsored the passage in the Senate of what is now Republic Act 11053, the Anti-Hazing Law of 2018. The law features heavier penalties that aim to deter deaths caused by hazing.
Lacson likewise sponsored the passage in the Senate of Republic Act 11200, which provides for the rank classification in the Philippine National Police.
The former PNP chief likewise authored and sponsored Republic Act 11279, which transfers the training of police recruits to the PNP.
He is one of the authors of Republic Act 11059, which establishes a retirement benefit system in the Office of the Ombudsman.
Lacson also authored proposed measures including:
* Senate Bill 40, Budget Reform for Village Empowerment Act of 2016
* Senate Bill 48, Expanded Anti-Wiretapping Act of 2016
* Senate Bill 1548, which establishes the ‘Science for Change’ program
Bills filed by Lacson to curb criminality and corruption include:
* Senate Bill 252, which requires the registration of prepaid subscriber identity module (SIM) cards to prevent scams and crimes involving identity theft.
* Senate Bill 253, which imposes heavier penalties on those giving false testimonies.
* Senate Bill 258, which offers substantial rewards and better protection to witnesses testifying against government officials or employees involved in corruption.
* Senate Bill 1025, which strips drug pushers, manufacturers, cultivators, importers and financiers of their rights under the Bank Secrecy Act, so they can no longer hide their ill-gotten money in banks.
* Senate Bill 1310, which gives the Philippine National Police’s Internal Affairs Service more teeth to curb abuses and further enhance discipline in the police agency.
* Senate Bill 1613, which strengthens the Office of the Solicitor General
* Senate Bill 1956, which updates and enhances the Human Security Act of 2007
During the 12th to 15th Congresses from 2001 to 2013, Lacson authored, sponsored or co-authored key measures including:
* Anti-Money Laundering Act (RA 9160 as amended by Republic Act 9194)
* Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 (RA 9165)
* Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007 (RA 9485)
* National Service Training Program Act of 2001 (RA 9163)
* An Act Increasing the Base Pay of the Members of the AFP (RA 9166)
* Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003 (RA 9208)
* Anti-Cheating Act of 2007 (RA 9416)
* The Philippine Dental Act of 2007 (RA 9484)
* An Act Providing for a Comprehensive Law on Firearms, Light Weapons and Ammunition (RA 10591)
* The law converting Imus, Cavite from a municipality into a city (RA 10161)
* The law that reapportioned Cotabato into three legislative districts (RA 10177)
Lacson was one of the main authors of the Reproductive Health Act, which seeks to promote responsible parenthood and to protect the health of the mother and child by giving them access to reproductive health services.
He was also a main author of the Sin Tax Reform Act, which imposes higher taxes on tobacco and alcohol products to deter the public from buying such products.
Also, Lacson authored Senate Bill No. 2783, which strengthened further the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2001. His work is now part of Republic Act No. 10167.
He authored a key amendment to the Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Act, which aims to provide more funds to the military for its much-needed capability buildup. The measure became Republic Act 10349.
Before the Senate, Lacson served in the Philippine National Police, heading it from 1999 to 2001. He went after criminals – including rogue cops. He had 85 percent of resources go to frontline units, and imposed a 34-inch waistline limit for police officers.
More importantly, Lacson led by example, refusing bribes and declining “rewards” from rescued kidnap-for-ransom victims. Under Lacson, the PNP – and Lacson – scored very high approval ratings.
Lacson also served as Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery, coordinating efforts to help victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda.
* Born on June 1, 1948 in Imus, Cavite
* Married to Alice de Perio-Lacson
* Children: Reginald, Ronald Jay, Panfilo Jr., Jeric
* Adopted son of Cebu
* Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila: 2019
* Master in Government Management Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (1995-1996)
* Bachelor of Science Philippine Military Academy (1967-1971)
* BS Engineering Lyceum of the Philippines (1964-1967)
* High School Imus Institute (1960-1964)
* Grade School Bayang Luma Elementary School (1954-1960)
CAREER AS PUBLIC SERVANT:
* Senator: 2001 to 2013; 2016 to present
* Presidential Assistant on Rehabilitation and Recovery: 2013 to 2015
* Chief, Philippine National Police: Nov. 16, 1999 to Jan. 20, 2001
* Chief, Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Task Force: June 26, 1998 to Jan. 21, 2001
* Project Officer, Special Project Alpha: 1996 to April 1997
* Chief, Task Force Habagat, PACC: 1992 to 1995
* Provincial Director, Laguna, PC: February to July, 1992
* Commander, Cebu Metrodiscom: 1989 to 1992
* Provincial Commander, Isabela PC: 1988 to 1989
* PC-INP Anti Carnapping Task Force: 1986 to 1988
* Metrocom Intelligence and Security Group: 1971 to 1986
TRAINING, SCHOLARSHIP COURSES:
* Bachelor Science Degree, Philippine Military Academy: 1967 to 1971
* Intel Officers Basic Course, SITS, Fort Bonifacio: 1973
* Military Intel Collection Course, SITS, Fort Bonifacio: 1974
* Counter URBAN Guerilla Warfare Course, Fort Magsaysay: 1972
* Incident Management Course, PSG, Malacañang
* Airmobile Operations Course Command and General Staff Course, Camp Crame, Quezon City
* Command General Staff College, Fort Bonifacio
* Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila: 2019
* Ten Outstanding Policemen of the Philippines, Philippine Jaycees Inc.: 1998
* Special Medal of Honor, Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP)
* Police Director of the Year, Regional Command (RECOM) 7, Cebu City: 1992
* Adopted Son of Cebu, Cebu City Council Resolution: 1991
* Philippine Constabulary Officer of the Year, Regional Command (RECOM) 7, Cebu City: 1989-1990 and 1990-1991
* Certificate of Academic Excellence, AFP Command and General Staff College: 1983
* PMA Alumni Cavalier Award (Special Operations), Philippine Military Academy Alumni Association Inc.: 1983
* PC Metrocom Officer of the Year, Philippine Constabulary: 1982
17 Military Merit Medals
3 Medalya ng Kadakilaan
3 Medalya ng Kagalingan
2 Outstanding Achievement Medals
5 Military Commendation Medals
5 Bronze Cross Medals
2 Medalya ng Papuri
Luzon Campaign Medal
Visayas Campaign Medal
Combat Efficiency Medal
* Philippine College of Rotary Governor, Rotary Club of Manila
* Lions President League of the Philippines
* Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry
* Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption
* Manila Downtown Y’s Men’s Club
* Council of Past Lions Governors of the Philippines
* Cebu Chamber of Commerce
* Cebu Bankers Club
* Cebu City Office for Substance Abuse Prevention
* Metro Cebu Uptown Jaycees
* Rotary Club of San Fernando (LU)
* Asusasyon ng Kumentarista at Announcer ng Pilipinas
* Pugad Lawin Philippines, Inc.
* Police Cavaliers Association, Inc.
* National Police Commission
* Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce
* PMA Class ‘71 (MATATAG)
* Rotary Club of Caloocan
* Rotary Club of Metro Cebu Rotary Club of Cebu
* West Rotary Club of Cebu Port Center
* Rotary International District 390
* Rotary Club of Binan
* Direct Commission Batch ‘71 PNPC Chapter
* KBP Metro Manila Chapter
* Guest of Honor and Commencement Speaker at the Commencement Exercises of Bicol University, Daraga, Albay
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