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Sponsorship Speech for the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2019

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At the outset, let me state here and now with certainty that a vote for the immediate passage of this measure is a vote for the immediate lifting of Martial Law in Mindanao.

Mr. President, fellow members of this august chamber, I have the honor to report on the Senate floor Senate Bill No. 2204 entitled, β€œAn Act Amending Certain Provisions of Republic Act No. 9372, Otherwise Known As β€œAn Act To Secure the State and Protect our People from Terrorism,” as embodied in Committee Report No. 638 in substitution of Senate Bill Numbers 1134, 1396, 1715 and 1956.

Related: Senate Bill 2204: Let Us Toughen the Fight vs Terrorism
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Measure Transferring Police Recruits’ Training to PNP Tackled at the Bicameral Conference Committee Level

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A measure seeking to transfer the training of police recruits from the PNPA to the PNP, was taken up at the bicameral conference committee level on Jan. 14. Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson, who sponsored the Senate version of the measure (SB 1898), led the Senate contingent. Rep. Romeo Acop led the House contingent.

The Senate panel members included Senators Gringo Honasan, Win Gatchalian, Risa Hontiveros. The House panel members included Reps. Edgar Sarmiento, Leopoldo Bataoil and Juliet Marie Ferrer.

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At a Glance: Senate Bill 1898, Placing the Training of Police Recruits Under the PNPΒ 
Sponsorship Speech: Committee Report on Senate Bill 1898, Transferring Police Recruits’ Training to the PNP

Sen. Lacson Chairs the Senate Public Hearing on Anti-Terrorism Bills

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Related:
Senate Bill 1956, the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2018
Lacson Bill Gives Government Stronger Teeth vs Terrorism
Hearing on the Anti-Terrorism Bill, Oct. 1, 2018
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Senate Adopts, Ratifies Bicam Report on the Proposed Measure for Rank Classification in the PNP

The Senate adopted and ratified a proposed measure providing for rank classification in the PNP, after Sen. Lacson delivered a sponsorship speech for the bicameral conference committee report.

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Sponsorship Speech for the Committee Report on Senate Bill 2031
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Measure on PNP Rank Classification Tackled at the Bicameral Conference Committee Level

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A measure providing for rank classification in the PNP was discussed at the bicameral conference committee on Nov. 19. Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson, who sponsored the Senate version of the measure, led the Senate contingent while Rep. Romeo Acop led the House contingent.

Related:
Senate Bill 1869, An Act Providing for Rank Classification in the PNP
Sponsorship Speech for the measure providing for rank classification in the PNP

Lacson: PNPA Scandal a Test Case for New Anti-Hazing Law

The recent scandal that rocked the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) would be a test case for Republic Act 11053, the new Anti-Hazing Act of 2018, Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson said.

Lacson said the scandal, which reportedly involved cadets forcing freshmen to perform oral sex as a form of punishment, is considered hazing under the new law.

“In this case, the cadets involved may have the distinction of being the first to be convicted under the new law,” he said.

Related:Β Ping: PNPA Sex Scandal, Pang-Sampol sa Anti-Hazing Law
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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:Β 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:

β€œA 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.

Related:
Senate Bill 1956, the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2018
Lacson Bill Gives Government Stronger Teeth vs Terrorism
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