Sen. Lacson chairs the Senate hearing into the alleged illegal withholding of PNP-SAF personnel’s allowance.
Sen. Lacson’s Opening Statement at the hearing:
When the stomach protests, prepare for revolution. This is one painful reality that leaders of some countries fail to make sense of and which cost their fall from power. In a setting like the PNP SAF, I would say: Do not mess with the mess allowance unless you are prepared to face a mutiny.
Mr. President, this is just a parliamentary inquiry. Last April 30, 2018, Committee Report No. 368 on Dengvaxia was filed by the Blue Ribbon Committee jointly with the Committee on Health and Demography, and Committee on Finance. On its face, out of the 22 members of the three committees, 14 signed the report. Continue reading “Parliamentary Inquiry on Committee Report No. 368”
Mr. Chairman, distinguished colleagues, this Representation as Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs presided over a public hearing this morning to deliberate on the nomination of ATTY. MANUEL ANTONIO JAVIER TEEHANKEE as Permanent Representative of the Republic of the Philippines to the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.
This committee, after deliberating on his qualifications and fitness during the said public hearing, determined that he is fit and qualified to be in the post where he has been nominated, and therefore ruled to recommend to the plenary his nomination for the consent of this body.
At the Senate’s regional consultative hearing on Charter change in Baguio City, Sen. Lacson stressed the need for empowering LGUs. Even without amending the Charter, he noted this can be done.
In 2016, Lacson filed Senate Bill 40, the Budget Reform for Village Empowerment Act of 2016. The bill seeks to “end the culture of mendicancy and political patronage” while helping Filipinos realize the “elusive inclusive growth.”
Sen. Lacson at the Commission on Appointments’ confirmation hearings for:
– COA Commissioner Roland Pondoc
– DAR Secretary John Castriciones
– AFP officers
At the Commission on Appointments’ plenary session, Sen. Lacson delivered co-sponsorship speeches for the confirmation of Sen. Lorna Regina Legarda (PAF reserve colonel) and Rep. Roy Loyola (PA reserve colonel).
Sen. Lacson raised some points in interpellating Sen. Tito Sotto, who had delivered a privilege speech regarding alleged irregularities in the 2016 elections.
Sen. Lacson, whose resolution for a review of RA 10121 (Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010) was one of the grounds of the hearing, stressed the need for a separate agency to focus on dealing with disasters.
“This is an opportune time (to review the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act, because) the Philippines is third most risky in terms of disasters. It’s been eight years (since the law was passed). We have not reviewed (the law) as mandated under Republic Act 10121.”
“Even before I left the OPARR, ito ang naiwanan kong recommendation kay then President Aquino noon: It’s about time we created a separate agency even under the Office of the President para talagang may lead agency. Ngayon medyo sabog eh. Mahirap ang council-type na coordinative, tapos naka-integrate lang, puro monitoring ang mangyayari. There must be a separate lead agency who will take care and assume responsibility.”
Senate Resolution 10: Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act
Lacson pushes review of disaster management law to cope with ‘new normal’
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