A no-nonsense public servant for more than 40 years, Senator Panfilo M. 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’s most significant Senate expose involved the Priority Development Assistance Fund (pork barrel). Ten years before the multibillion-peso scam involving Janet Lim-Napoles surfaced, Lacson detailed in a March 2003 privilege speech the temptations for officials to pocket taxpayers’ money.
He had his PhP200-million-a-year PDAF allocations returned to the National Treasury, saving government PhP2.4 billion in 12 years.
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.
In the current (17th) Congress, Lacson had a role in crafting major measures such as RA 10927, which amended the Anti-Money Laundering Act to include casinos as “covered persons.”
Lacson also authored proposed measures including:
* Senate Bill 40, Budget Reform for Village Empowerment Act of 2016
* Senate Bill 41, the National Reference Act of 2016, which seeks to establish a National ID system
* Senate Bill 42, penalizing a wide range of heinous crimes ranging from drug-related offenses to treason, terrorism and human trafficking.
* 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) card registration 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 1052, which seeks to restore subpoena powers to the PNP’s CIDG.
* 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 1638, which strengthens the Office of the Ombudsman via a retirement benefit system
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.
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