From People’s Journal: Quite thankfully, a former National Police chief, veteran law enforcer, and now lawmaker is leading the fight to curb ownership of firearms to address the problem of indiscriminate shooting and other political violence ahead of the elections.
From The Manila Times: “The first line of defense against violent extremism, I believe, is education; creating awareness and cultivating our young people’s critical thinking and resilience will equip them with skills they need to detect and reject violent extremism and make informed decisions and contest extremist ideologies,” (Lacson) said.
To The Manila Times: Please allow us to set the record straight and disabuse the minds of your readers regarding the column of Mr. Rolly G. Reyes last March 7 where he made personal attacks against Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson – including his claim that the senator’s disclosures on pork barrel are due to a supposed fixation on Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
From Santiago F. Dumlao Jr. in BusinessMirror: The public has all along been aware of the reprehensible practices associated with the pork barrel system, and some senators, Sen. Panfilo Lacson Sr. specifically, indeed have refused their pork barrel allocation to publicly express their personal protest.
To the Manila Standard: It is quite pathetic that Mr. Olivar, instead of helping his former boss clear up the issue of pork in the 2019 budget, chose the path of his fellow talking heads by hurling personal innuendos at the Senator to muddle the issue.
From Jarius Bondoc’s column in The Philippine Star: Worth recalling, when the SC banned pork barrels in Dec. 2013, the slabs were P200 million each for 24 senators and P70 million each for 255 congressmen – P22.65 billion. Today, five years later, pork is 14 times larger.
From Fr. Rolando dela Rosa’s column in the Manila Bulletin: Senator Lacson is right in deploring the pork barrel system which has become one big, stinking, convoluted mess. But it seems his words fall on deaf ears.
From the Inquirer: According to Sen. Panfilo Lacson, one of the new manifestations of pork in the budget (is) where contractors shortchange taxpayers by using low-grade materials for infrastructure projects, while gifting agency officials and lawmakers with huge commissions in exchange for the contracts.
From Cecilio Arillo’s column in BusinessMirror: With scandals of every size, make and shape breaking out one after the other involving high public officials, Lacson, famously known for his uncompromising nature against lawless elements, stood alone as a crusader against the multibillion-peso pork-barrel funds, whose insatiable correlation to political patronage, favoritism and corruption is known to everyone.
From Malaya: We support Lacson’s advocacy of fighting the system of pork barrel which has metamorphosed into a more sophisticated mechanism of corruption, and hope that the Office of the Ombudsman and the two congressional chambers themselves could act in unison to stem impunity in the legislature. Continue reading “Editorial: Parked pork [Malaya]”→
From People’s Journal: Lacson practiced leadership by example when he headed the PNP from 1999 to 2001. Under his watch, the PNP became disciplined and efficient. This in turn earned Lacson and the PNP high approval marks from the public. “It is second to none. There is no substitute to it that I know of,” Lacson said of the principle of leadership by example. Continue reading “Editorial: Exemplary leadership [People’s Journal]”→
From Malaya: Two leaders of the House of Representatives nearly came to blows during a heated debate over money and pork last Monday. This was how Sen. Panfilo Lacson, the indefatigable opponent of the pork barrel, described what happened in the lower chamber when the congressmen were discussing, or fighting over, the national budget measure. Continue reading “Editorial: Quarrel over money [Malaya]”→
From RMN News: Mas magagawa ng PNP ang tungkulin nito na pagserbisyuhan at protektahan ang mamamayan lalo at kung mayroon itong authority at accountability sa pagsasanay at pagtuturo sa mga tauhan nito.
At the #MeetInquirer multimedia forum, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
– ‘Hybrid’ budget
– National ID
– President Duterte’s reported thinking of stepping down
– Addressing the problems at BOC
– Pork barrel system
– PDEA’s need to refocus anti-drug strategy
– Sen. Tito Sotto as Senate President
– Political scene 2022
From the PNA: “This representation stands with the belief that the PNP can better serve the greater interest of the State if it assumes the mandate of the PPSC in the training and education of its personnel… As a consequence thereof, the PNP will be accountable to the entire gamut of responsibility from recruitment, education, field training, and deployment of police officers,” Lacson said. Continue reading “Lacson sponsors bill transferring police recruits’ training to PNP [PNA]”→
From the Manila Bulletin: Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson said the President should use his influence to force Congress leaders to adhere to the existing jurisprudence outlawing pork barrel, “which is still evident among selected members of Congress.”