Category: Statements

On the ‘Restoration’ of the RP-US VFA

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I fully support the President’s decision in changing his earlier stand to terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement. Whatever underlying conditions there are in arriving at that decision, if it was connected to additional vaccine donations or any other reasons, I’m sure President Rodrigo Duterte was influenced by the interest of the country and our people.

That being said, the termination of the VFA would have done our country’s security situation more harm than good, especially at this time when incursions into our exclusive economic zone in the West Philippine Sea have become more aggressive and unabated.

This is not to mention the continuing threats of terrorism in our country.

We have to accept the reality that we cannot do it alone, and our bilateral agreements with countries having more upgraded militarily capabilities like the United States and even Australia should be put into good use. The VFA is one way to do this.

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Ping: Pambansang Badyet Papasa sa Takdang Panahon Kahit Naghahanda na Kami sa 2022 Elections

Tiniyak ni Senador Panfilo Lacson sa publiko na ipapasa ng Senado sa takdang panahon ang pambansang gastusin para sa susunod na taon, kahit pa masabay ito sa kanilang paghahanda para sa pangkalahatang halalan sa 2022.

Kasunod ng naunang deklarasyon ng pagsabak sa 2022 presidential elections, inihayag ni Lacson na gagawin niya at maging ng kanyang mga kasamahan sa Senado ang kanilang tungkulin na busisiin ang pambansang badyet at ito ay aprubahan bago mag-break ang sesyon sa Disyembre.

“The passage of the national budget bill will not be delayed if we can help it. While we are aware of the Oct. 1-8 schedule for filing of certificates of candidacy, we can assure our people that the preparations for the 2022 elections will not disrupt our efforts to scrutinize and pass the national budget. Hangga’t nasa loob kami ng Senado at ginagampanan ang aming mga tungkulin bilang senador, we will be legislators first and foremost,” paliwanag ni Lacson.

Sa nakikita ni Lacson, malabong magkaroon ng reenacted budget. “Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III and I are hopeful there will be no reenacted budget, and that the budget bill will be passed before the December break,” dagdag ng mambabatas.

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Lacson Assures Scrutiny, Timely Passage of 2022 Budget Amid Poll Preparations

Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson assured the public the Senate will pass the proposed P5.024-trillion national budget for 2022 on time, amid preparations for the May 2022 general elections.

Lacson, who will seek the presidency in 2022, said he and his fellow senators will do their duty to scrutinize the proposed budget and pass it before Congress’ December break.

“The passage of the national budget bill will not be delayed if we can help it. While we are aware of the Oct. 1-8 schedule for filing of certificates of candidacy, we can assure our people that the preparations for the 2022 elections will not disrupt our efforts to scrutinize and pass the national budget. Hangga’t nasa loob kami ng Senado at ginagampanan ang aming mga tungkulin bilang senador, we will be legislators first and foremost,” he said.

“Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III and I are hopeful there will be no reenacted budget, and that the budget bill will be passed before the December break,” he added.

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Ping, Hinirang na Bagong Chairman ng Partido Reporma

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Ganap nang sumapi at hinirang na chairman ng Partido para sa Demokratikong Reporma (Partido Reporma) si Senador Panfilo Lacson nitong Huwebes.

Nanumpa si Lacson sa harap ni dating Defense Secretary Renato de Villa na nagtatag ng partido, kasabay ng panunumpa ni dating House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez bilang presidente.

“My advocacies are well-aligned with those of Reporma like people’s sovereignty and democracy, decentralization and devolution of powers, social justice responsibility, strong economic foundation, environmental awareness, voters’ education, among others,” pahayag ni Lacson.

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Lacson is New Chairman of Partido Reporma

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Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson on Thursday formally joined the Partido para sa Demokratikong Reporma (Partido Reporma) as its chairman.

Lacson took his oath before party founder and former Defense Secretary Renato de Villa, while former Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez took his oath as party president.

“My advocacies are well-aligned with those of Reporma like people’s sovereignty and democracy, decentralization and devolution of powers, social justice responsibility, strong economic foundation, environmental awareness, voters’ education, among others,” Lacson said.

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Ping: Hidilyn Diaz, Dapat Nang Maging Commissioned Officer ng AFP

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Dapat maging ganap na commissioned officer ng Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) si Tokyo Olympics Gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz dahil sa pambihirang karangalan na inialay ng atleta sa bansa.

Ito ang mungkahi ni Senador Panfilo Lacson sa liderato ng Philippine Air Force (PAF), kung papayagan ng batas at regulasyon ng AFP.

“As chairman of the Senate Committee on National Defense and Security, I would strongly recommend to the AFP leadership that she be given a rank as a commissioned officer of the PAF. It’s the least the service can give her,” banggit ni Lacson sa panayam sa CNN Philippines.

“Such a commission – either as a reserve or regular officer – is not just in recognition of her extraordinary feat, but also in recognition of her great potential to provide a good example to her fellow soldiers both as an athlete and as a leader,” dagdag ng mambabatas.

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Lacson: Hidilyn Diaz Deserves to be Commissioned as AFP Officer for Olympic Feat

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For bringing honor and inspiration to her country and people, Philippine Olympic gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz deserves to be commissioned as an officer of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

On this note, Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson suggested Tuesday to the Philippine Air Force (PAF) leadership that Diaz, a sergeant, be given such a commission, subject to existing laws and AFP regulations.

“As chairman of the Senate Committee on National Defense and Security, I would strongly recommend to the AFP leadership that she be given a rank as a commissioned officer of the PAF. It’s the least the service can give her,” Lacson said in an interview on CNN Philippines.

“Such a commission – either as a reserve or regular officer – is not just in recognition of her extraordinary feat, but also in recognition of her great potential to provide a good example to her fellow soldiers both as an athlete and as a leader,” he added.

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On the Philippines’ First Olympic Gold

More than making history for bringing the Philippines its first Olympic Gold Medal, weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz has brought national honor, national pride, and good news to the Philippines at a time we Filipinos need them most.

And more than lifting the nation on her shoulders and beating a field that included China’s pride, Hidilyn has become a unifying and rallying point for us Filipinos, to carry the weight of the humongous problems we face.

Before Hidilyn, our first ever medal at the Games was won by swimmer Teofilo Yldefonso who wore bronze after the men’s 200m backstroke at the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam. Since then, the Philippines celebrated a total of 10 Olympic medals: three silver and seven bronze – and tonight, the previously elusive gold.

Mabuhay ka, Hidilyn! Mabuhay ang ating mga atleta! Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!

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Kabilaang Sampal sa mga Pinoy na Hirap sa Pandemya: P63B ‘Underspending’ sa Bayanihan 2 Funds, Idinetalye ni Ping

Dalawang malalakas na sampal ang tumama sa mga Pinoy sa panahon ng pandemya dahil sa mahigit na P63 bilyong hindi ginamit na pondo sa Bayanihan 2 – kasama ang P46.397 bilyon na “undisbursed” at P17.23 bilyong “unobligated,” ayon kay Senador Panfilo Lacson nitong Lunes.

Isiniwalat ito ni Lacson matapos ang pagsasaliksik ng mga naturang datos bunga ng unang akusasyon ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte na sinabi umano ng mambabatas na mababa ang paggugol ng pamahalaan sa mga pondo nito ngayong pandemya.

“We should keep in mind that underspending is determined not by fund releases but by obligations and disbursements. And based on my research, is there underspending? Yes!” banggit ni Lacson sa panayam ng Radyo 5.

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Double Whammy for Pandemic-Hit Filipinos: Lacson Details P63B ‘Unspent’ in Bayanihan 2

Pandemic-affected Filipinos wait for aid from the government

No thanks to a P63 billion-plus underspending by the government under Bayanihan 2 – with some P46.397 billion undisbursed and P17.273 billion unobligated – Filipinos whose lives and livelihoods were affected by the pandemic have been hit with a double whammy as much-needed aid did not reach them, Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson said on Monday.

Lacson said he arrived at the details when he researched the matter, after being wrongfully accused by President Rodrigo Duterte over the weekend of saying the government underspent.

“We should keep in mind that underspending is determined not by fund releases but by obligations and disbursements. And based on my research, is there underspending? Yes!” Lacson said in an interview on Radyo 5.

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