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National ID System Tops Lacson’s Accomplishment List in 3rd Regular Session

A long hoped-for national ID system that will facilitate the delivery of basic government services while helping fight crime and terrorism.

Such a system, provided for by Republic Act 11055, is the landmark accomplishment of Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson during the first few months of the Senate’s third regular session.

RA 11055, which President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law Aug. 6, harmonizes and integrates some 33 government ID cards into a single system.

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Sponsorship Speech: Senate Bill 2031, Rank Classification in the PNP
Lacson Bill Gives Government Stronger Teeth vs Terrorism
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Sponsorship Speech: Committee Report on Senate Bill 2031 (Rank Classification in the PNP)

Mr. President, distinguished colleagues of this august chamber, your Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs has the honor to report back for the consideration and approval of this body, Senate Bill 2031 under Committee Report No. 483, authored by this representation, Sen. Grace Poe, and Sen. Sonny Angara, entitled:

An Act Providing for the Rank Classification in the Philippine National Police, Amending for the Purpose Section 28 of RA 6975, as Amended, Otherwise Known as the Department of Interior and Local Government Act of 1990.

As a brief background, Sec. 28 of RA 6975 or the Department of Interior and Local Government Act of 1990 provides that the rank classification of the members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) are as follows: Director General; Deputy Director General; Director; Chief Superintendent; Senior Superintendent; Superintendent; Chief Inspector; Senior Inspector; Inspector; Senior Police Officer 4 or SPO4; SPO3; SPO2 and SPO1; and Police Officer 3 or PO3, PO2, and PO1.

Related: Senate Bill 1869, An Act Providing for Rank Classification in the PNP
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#PingSays: On Anti-Terrorism Legislation Efforts | Oct. 1, 2018

In an interview, Sen. Lacson answers questions on:
– amendments to the present Anti-Terrorism Law
– moves to address the Philippines’ having the weakest law to address terrorism
– targeting the passage of the measure before Christmas break

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Sen. Lacson Chairs the Hearing on the Anti-Terrorism Bill

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Sen. Lacson’s Opening Statement at the Hearing:

“A person may cause evil to others not only by his actions but by his inactions, and in either case, he is justly accountable to them for the injury.”

This quote from the renowned political and economic thinker John Stuart Mill best captures the rationale of today’s public hearing, which seeks to amend Republic Act 9372, otherwise known as the Human Security Act of 2007.

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Senate Bill 1956, the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2018
Lacson Bill Gives Government Stronger Teeth vs Terrorism
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Sen. Lacson Chairs the Hearing for Bills on Rank Classification in the PNP

Sen. Lacson’s Opening Statement at the Hearing:

This hearing is hereby called to order. I’d like to acknowledge the presence of the vice-chair of the Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs, Sen. Greg Honasan. Good morning, Sir.

This measure may look simple in its intended purpose. But as we go on with the discussion this morning, but as we go on with the discussion this morning you’ll find out it’s more complicated than we think.

Related: Senate Bill 1869, providing for rank classification in the PNP
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Read: Senate Bill 1956, The Anti-Terrorism Act of 2018

“While an anti-terror law in itself cannot solve the problem of terrorism, an intensified one can however give the government and the law enforcement agencies the much-needed tool in dealing with the emerging threats of terrorism.”

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BOL at martial law, ‘di garantiya vs karahasan sa Mindanao

Hindi uubra para masawata ang karahasan sa Mindanao ang napapabalitang pagpapalawig pa sa implementasyon ng martial law at maging ang kakasabatas pa lamang na Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).

Ito ang naging tugon ni Senador at dating Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Panfilo Lacson na kasalukuyan din na Chairman ng Senate Committee on Public Order and Illegal Drugs nang tanungin siya ng mga mamamahayag sa Senado tungkol sa naturang usapin.

“The recent bombing incident in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat suggests that neither martial law nor the Bangsamoro Organic Law could guarantee peace in Mindanao,” banggit ni Lacson.

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Lacson Bill Gives Government Stronger Teeth vs Terrorism

The government may soon gain a much-needed boost in its fight against terrorism, with a bill filed by Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson.

Senate Bill 1956, the proposed “Anti-Terrorism Act of 2018,” enhances the Human Security Act of 2007 with provisions on foreign terrorists and additional predicate crimes.

“While an anti-terror law in itself cannot solve the problem of terrorism, an intensified one can however give the government and the law enforcement agencies the much-needed tool in dealing with the emerging threats of terrorism,” said Lacson, who headed the Philippine National Police from 1999 to 2001 and who played a key role in crafting the Human Security Act of 2007 (Republic Act 9372).

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On the bombing incident in Sultan Kudarat
BOL at martial law, ‘di garantiya vs karahasan sa Mindanao
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On the Bombing Incident in Sultan Kudarat

It only suggests that neither martial law nor the Bangsamoro Organic Law could guarantee peace in Mindanao. Instead, it is my view that the National Security Council and our ground security forces should take a hard look at their security plans and strategy, especially in the South, and try to avert the vicious cycle of talking peace with one tribal group while alienating the others.

Thus, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front came into being and developed themselves into the dominant armed force in Mindanao after we dealt peace with the Moro National Liberation Front.  As it may be shaping now, as we make peace with the MILF, a breakaway group is sowing terror.

Having said that, I filed a Senate bill to enhance the Human Security Act of 2007, which has not been proving itself effective in addressing terrorism in our country.

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🌐 LUSOT NA | Panukalang ilipat sa pamamahala ng PNP ang training ng police recruits, pasado sa ikatlo’t huling pagbasa [RMN News]

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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.

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At a Glance: SB 1898, Placing the Training of Police Recruits Under the PNP
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