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At the Organizational Meeting of the Commission on Appointments

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Sen. Lacson will chair the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Commission on Appointments, which had its organizational meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 20.

At the Hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

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At the hearing of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations,ย  Sen. Lacson urged the Department of Foreign Affairs to ensure humane treatment for Filipino workers and their children who are to be deported from Israel. “I have a piece of advice: Kindly remind them of (former President) Manuel Luis Quezon during the Holocaust and maybe they will be more humane in treating our Filipino children there.”

Sen. Lacson also sought more Transfer of Sentenced Persons Treaties, like the one the Philippines has with Spain. Such a treaty allows Filipinos serving jail time abroad to serve their sentences here in the Philippines.ย “Maybe in coordination with (the countries/territories concerned), we can pursue that path.”

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‘Namatay Na, Naningil Pa!’ Senate Blue Ribbon Committee Hearing on DOH, PhilHealth Corruption

At the hearing of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, Sen. Lacson questioned irregularities at the DOH and PhilHealth, including:
* conflict of interest
* toll manufacturing agreements entered into by Duque family-owned Doctors Pharmaceuticals Inc. and firms not accredited to deal with the DOH
* under-support payments
* collections for dead patients

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At the Hearing of the Senate National Defense Committee: Anti-Terrorism Bill

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“We need a strong anti-terrorism law.”

At the hearing of the Senate Committee on National Defense, Sen. Lacson stressed the need to pass a stronger anti-terrorism law soonest, citing signs of radicalism and extremism making their way to Philippine shores.

Lacson also strongly suggested that the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), headed by former Sen. Gringo Honasan, play a more active role against terrorism as it deals with telcos and ISPs.

Several aspects of the proposed anti-terrorism measure were tackled, including the removal of predicate crimes, making terrorism a continuing crime, and extending the reglamentary period in the detention of suspected terrorists to 14 days, extendible further to another 15 days. [Video Courtesy News5]

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At the Hearing of the Senate Public Order and Dangerous Drugs Committee

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At the hearing of the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs, Sen. Lacson stressed the need for proactive measures to prevent the recruitment of students, especially minors, to the New People’s Army by its legal fronts.

Yung point ko lang, magkaroon tayo ng proactive move para matigilan ang ultimate objective ng nagre-recruit na isali sa NPA. Pag naroon at armado na, nasa point of no return kasi pwede makasagupa ng sundalo at pulis.”

“This is (an) internal security and law enforcement problem. Balik tayo sa battle for hearts and minds.”

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At the Organizational Meeting of the Urban Planning, Housing and Resettlement Committee

At the organizational meeting of the Senate Committee on Urban Planning, Housing and Resettlement, Sen. Lacson asked housing officials about the “lessons learned” in the occupation of housing units by Kadamay. NHA General Manager Marcelino Escalada assured they are addressing these issues.

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Kapihan sa Senado forum | Aug. 1, 2019

At the Kapihan sa Senado forum, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
โ€“ dealing with China’s recent actions in the West Philippine Sea
โ€“ ‘conflict of interest’ at the DOH involving Sec. Duque, kin; corruption at PhilHealth
โ€“ proposals to scrap STL amid corruption row at PCSO
โ€“ ‘militarization’ of government with appointment of retired military/police officials

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PhilWealth and Department of Wealth

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Mr. President, I stand before you on a matter of personal and collective privilege.

During his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA), we heard President Rodrigo Roa Duterte loud and clear:

โ€œYou are free to investigate. I donโ€™t take offense. If there is anything wrong in my department, the executive, you are free to investigate. Feel free to expose anything….โ€

In all of my years as a public servant and as a member of this revered institution, I have been unflinching in my fight against corruption and wrongdoings, blowing the lid off anomalous activities in the government โ€“ from the money-laundering scheme by one Jose Pidal; the diversion of P728 million in fertilizer funds engineered by one Jocjoc Bolante; Comelec Commissioner Virgilo Garcillanoโ€™s โ€œHello, Garciโ€ tapes; the botched $329-million contract between the Philippine government and Chinaโ€™s ZTE for a national broadband network project; the โ€œchopper scamโ€ where secondhand helicopters were sold as brand-new to the Philippine National Police; the โ€œTara Listโ€ or Payola in the Bureau of Customs; and the cholesterol-rich pork barrel, to name a few.

Related:
At a Glance: PhilHealth and Department of Wealth
A Closer Look: Doctors Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
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Speech at the Induction and Handover Ceremonies of the Rotaract Club of Manila

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A famous American author, Napoleon Hill, once said – and allow me to quote: โ€œThe starting point of all achievement is desire.โ€

Indeed, it is an honor to join you tonight as guest speaker and inducting officer of the new batch of young leaders who have a burning desire to pursue Rotaractโ€™s overarching goal of being our communityโ€™s โ€œpartners in service.โ€

Speaking of legacies, tonight’s gathering poses a short yet provoking challenge to everyone in this room with its theme, “leading a legacy.”

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Congratulations, Sen. Manny Pacquiao! ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ๐ŸฅŠ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ‘

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Sen. Lacson (second from left) joins colleagues in congratulating Sen. Manny Pacquiao for his WBA super welterweight victory over Keith Thurmanย last July 21 (Manila time).ย ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ๐ŸฅŠ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ‘