Category: Statements

On the Passing of Former President Fidel Ramos

Fidel Valdez Ramos: PC Chief, AFP Chief of Staff, DND Secretary and Commander-in-Chief. All my life as a soldier and policeman, he was my superior officer through and through. He made me Lieutenant Colonel at age 31 and handed me my first star at age 45. Rest In Peace, Sir.

Pagtatanim at Food Security, Bagong Kabanata sa Buhay ni Ping

Sa pagtatapos ng termino sa Senado ni Senador Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson sa ika-30 ng Hunyo, tila pagbubukas ng isang panibagong kabanata ng buhay naman ang kanyang kinikinita – ang makapag-ambag sa food security ng bansa sa pamamagitan ng pagtahak sa isang agri-aqua business kasama ang ilang kaibigan, kabilang ang dating kalihim ng agrikultura na si Secretary Emmanual “Manny” Pinol.

“I’m just looking at a closed chapter in my life story. I’m now turning a new page with a new chapter. This is my third career. My first career was in law enforcement, then I became a legislator,” ayon kay Lacson sa isang panayam nitong Linggo ng gabi.

Related: Lacson Seeks to Contribute to Food Security after Senate Stint
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Lacson Seeks to Contribute to Food Security after Senate Stint

After his Senate term ends on June 30, Sen. Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson is hoping to start the next chapter of his life story – by contributing to food security through a new endeavor.

Lacson and some friends, including former Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel “Manny” Piñol, have organized themselves to venture into an agri-aqua business.

“I’m just looking at a closed chapter in my life story. I’m now turning a new page with a new chapter. This is my third career. My first career was in law enforcement, then I became a legislator,” Lacson said Sunday evening.

Related: Pagtatanim at Food Security, Bagong Kabanata sa Buhay ni Ping
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Lacson, May Solusyon sa Tumataas na Presyo ng Gasolina

Kondisyunal na pagsuspinde sa excise tax ng gasolina, at ang pagtanggal sa napakaraming Value-Added Tax (VAT) exemptions.

Ayon kay Senador Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson, ito ang dalawang magkaakibat na solusyon na magbibigay ng hinga sa mga Pilipino sa patuloy na pagtaas ng presyo ng gasolina.

“We can conditionally suspend excise taxes on fuel when oil prices reach a threshold price in the international market such as $90 or even $100 per barrel. This could provide some breathing space not just for the transport sector but those affected by high fuel prices,” ayon kay Lacson sa isang panayam Linggo ng gabi.

Related: Lacson Pushes 2-Pronged Formula for ‘Breathing Room’ Amid Soaring Fuel Prices
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Lacson Pushes 2-Pronged Formula for ‘Breathing Room’ Amid Soaring Fuel Prices

A conditional suspension of the excise tax on fuel, and the scrapping of several lines of exemption in the Value-Added Tax (VAT).

Sen. Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson said this is the two-pronged formula that can give Filipinos some badly needed breathing room from the effects of prohibitive fuel prices.

“We can conditionally suspend excise taxes on fuel when oil prices reach a threshold price in the international market such as $90 or even $100 per barrel. This could provide some breathing space not just for the transport sector but those affected by high fuel prices,” Lacson said in an interview with the media Sunday evening.

Related: Lacson, May Solusyon sa Tumataas na Presyo ng Gasolina
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Lacson sa 19th Congress Senators: Ipagpatuloy Niyong Bantayan at Busisiin ang Kaban ng Bayan!

Umaasa si Senador Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson na ipagpapatuloy ng mga Senador ng 19th Congress ang krusada sa pagbubusisi at pagbabantay sa national budget laban sa mga kuwestiyunableng congressional insertions (a.k.a “pork barrel”) at mga hindi kapaki-pakinabang na appropriations.

“I hope somebody will take the cudgels and continue the fight because while the Supreme Court has ruled pork barrel as unconstitutional, there are so many ways to go around it,” pahayag ni Lacson sa media noong Linggo ng gabi sa Pasay City.

Idinagdag din ng Senador na magtatapos ang termino sa ika-30 ng Hunyo, na makakatulong nang husto sa budget scrutiny ang ilang miyembro ng kaniyang staff na ngayo’y magiging bahagi na rin ng opisina ng ibang mga senador.

Related: Lacson Hopes 19th Congress Senators to Continue Budget Scrutiny
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Lacson Hopes 19th Congress Senators to Continue Budget Scrutiny

Sen. Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson is hoping senators in the 19th Congress will continue his crusade of tenaciously scrutinizing the national budget and keeping it free from dubious congressional insertions (a.k.a. “pork barrel”) and useless appropriations.

“I hope somebody will take the cudgels and continue the fight because while the Supreme Court has ruled pork barrel as unconstitutional, there are so many ways to go around it,” Lacson, who ends his Senate term on June 30, told media in Pasay City Sunday evening.

He added some members of his staff who have joined other senators can be a great help in scrutinizing the budget for dubious insertions.

Related: Lacson sa 19th Congress Senators: Ipagpatuloy Niyong Bantayan at Busisiin ang Kaban ng Bayan!
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On the Blocking of Websites ‘Affiliated to and Supporting’ Terrorist Organizations

If the blocked websites had to do with financing the activities of the CPP-NPA which the Anti-Terrorism Council had already designated as a terrorist organization, there is legal basis under the law for such action undertaken by the NTC.

That being said, the action may be challenged before the court because it is the basic right of an “aggrieved” party to do so as it has something to do with the interpretation of the law.

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On the Appointment of Ret. Gen. Jose Faustino Jr.

Image Courtesy: CNN Philippines

Having capped his career as the AFP Chief of Staff easily qualifies Gen. Faustino as the next Secretary of National Defense in November, in consideration of the one-year ban on the appointment of newly retired AFP officers under RA 11709.

My objection to his appointment earlier as a 3-star general being the Commanding General of the Philippine Army had nothing to do with his competence but his disqualification due to the prohibition under Presidential Decree 1638, having less than one year before retirement.

Only the Chief of Staff, AFP is exempted from such ban.

I remember making a commitment to SND Lorenzana then that even if Faustino was on floating status and appointed Chief of Staff, I would not object to his confirmation as 4-star general and even move for his confirmation in the Commission on Appointments as a member of the Senate panel, which I did.

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Lacson Offers Prayers for DND Sec. Lorenzana’s Health

Courtesy: Sec. Lorenzana’s Facebook

Sen. Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson on Sunday offered prayers for the health of Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, who fainted during the Independence Day flag-raising ceremony in Manila.

“Prayers, prayers for SND Del’s health,” Lacson said on his Twitter account.

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Pagbaba ng VAT Rate at Pag-alis ng Exemptions, Itinulak ni Ping Para Makalikom ng Pondo ang Gobyerno Para Bayaran ang Utang

Itinulak ni Sen. Ping Lacson ang pagbaba ng rate ng Value-Added Tax (VAT) at pagtanggal ng exemptions dito para makalikom ng pondo ang gobyerno na hindi dadagdag sa pabigat sa ordinaryong Pilipino.

Ayon kay Lacson, kung nasunod lang ang formula na isinulong niya noon pang 2018, maaari nang lumikom ng hindi bababa sa P117 bilyon kada taon na dagdag na tax revenues kahit na binaba ang VAT rate sa 10 percent mula sa kasalukuyang 12 percent.

“The Department of Finance should have adopted my proposal when Congress was deliberating on Train 1. We could have earned at least P117 billion in additional tax revenues in 2018 alone, even with a reduced VAT rate from 12% to 10%, by removing 78 lines of exemption from some sectors such as the power sector, cooperatives, housing, and economic zones,” ani Lacson, matapos mapaulat na isusulong ng Department of Finance sa susunod na administrasyon ang pagtanggal ng VAT exemption para makalikom ng P142.5 bilyon kada taon. Ang pondo diumano ay gagamitin para bayaran ang utang ng bansa.

Related: Lowering VAT Rate, Cutting Exemptions: Lacson Pushes Formula to Shore Up Revenues
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Lowering VAT Rate, Cutting Exemptions: Lacson Pushes Formula to Shore Up Revenues to Pay Debts

Bringing down the rate of the Value-Added Tax (VAT) while removing VAT exemptions in several sectors will go a long way in raising much-needed revenues for the government while lessening the burden on ordinary Filipinos.

Sen. Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson said this formula, which he proposed as early as 2018, could have raised at least P117 billion a year in additional tax revenues even with a VAT rate of 10 percent, lower than the current 12 percent.

“The Department of Finance should have adopted my proposal when Congress was deliberating on Train 1. We could have earned at least P117 billion in additional tax revenues in 2018 alone, even with a reduced VAT rate from 12% to 10%, by removing 78 lines of exemption from some sectors such as the power sector, cooperatives, housing, and economic zones,” Lacson said, following reports the DOF will ask the next administration to remove VAT exemptions to generate at least P142.5 billion every year, with the amount potentially used for debt payments.

Related: Pagbaba ng VAT Rate at Pag-alis ng Exemptions, Itinulak ni Ping Para Makalikom ng Pondo ang Gobyerno
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Deserve! Papugay Para sa mga Sundalong Nagsugal ng Buhay Para Sagipin ang Indo Fishers sa Abu Sayyaf, Tiniyak ni Lacson

Higit sa mga matataas na opisyal, dapat bigyang pugay at parangal ang mga sundalong nagsusugal ng buhay para sa bayan.

Iginiit ito ni Senador Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, nang itinulak niyang isama sa resolusyon kaugnay sa pagsagip ng mga Indonesian fishermen laban sa mga Abu Sayyaf noong Disyembre 2019 ang pangalan ng higit 50 sundalo na nagsagawa ng rescue operation.

“Praise the commanders to high heavens if we must; just don’t forget the soldiers who literally risked their lives to make the feat happen,” ani Lacson, chairman ng Senate Committee on National Defense, sa kanyang Twitter account nitong Lunes ng hapon.

Related: Lacson Ensures ‘Lower-Ranking’ Soldiers in Indo Fishers’ Rescue are Equally Recognized
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Lacson Ensures ‘Lower-Ranking’ Soldiers in Indo Fishers’ Rescue are Equally Recognized

More than the commanders, the soldiers on the ground who risked their lives deserve to be honored.

Sen. Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson stressed this as he pushed for the inclusion of more than 50 soldiers’ names in a resolution citing Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and former Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Cirilito Sobejana for the rescue of Indonesian fishermen from the Abu Sayyaf in December 2019.

“Praise the commanders to high heavens if we must; just don’t forget the soldiers who literally risked their lives to make the feat happen,” Lacson, who heads the Senate Committee on National Defense and Security, said on his Twitter account Monday afternoon.

Related: Deserve! Papugay Para sa mga Sundalong Nagsugal ng Buhay Para Sagipin ang Indo Fishers sa Abu Sayyaf, Tiniyak ni Lacson
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On the Passing of Ms. Susan Roces

“ANG SINUNGALING AY KAPATID NG MAGNANAKAW!” – how can we forget such feisty words from the queen herself, sans script or direction from anyone behind the camera. It was all from Ms Susan Roces – a spontaneous and honest expression of the sad state of politics in the country.

Batas na Tutuldukan ang ‘Revolving-Door Policy’ ng AFP, Isa sa Mga Legacy ni Ping sa AFP, DND

Sen. Ping Lacson upholds professionalism in the AFP.

Ang bagong batas na nagtatakda ng “fixed terms” para sa Chief of Staff at ibang matataas na opisyal ng Armed Forces of the Philippines ay isa sa mga legacy ni Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson sa ating military at defense establishment.

Isninulong ni Lacson noong Setyembre bilang chairman ng Senate Committee on National Defense and Security ang Senate Bill 2376, na kasama ang House Bill 10521 ay naging basehan ng Republic Act 11709 na pinirmahan ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte.

“Finally, we will see an end to the revolving-door policy in the AFP. The leaders of our AFP will have the opportunity to implement their legacy programs instead of staying in office too briefly,” ani Lacson, na nagsilbi sa Philippine Constabulary ng 20 taon matapos mag-graduate sa Philippine Military Academy noong 1971.

Related: Law Ending ‘Revolving-Door Policy’ Caps Lacson Legacies to AFP, DND
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Law Ending ‘Revolving-Door Policy’ Caps Lacson Legacies to AFP, DND

Sen. Ping Lacson upholds professionalism in the AFP.

A new law prescribing fixed terms for the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Chief of Staff and senior officers will cap the key legacies of Sen. Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson to the military and defense establishment.

Lacson, who chairs the Senate Committee on National Defense and Security, pushed last September Senate Bill 2376, which with House Bill 10521 forms the basis of what President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law as Republic Act 11709.

“Finally, we will see an end to the revolving-door policy in the AFP. The leaders of our AFP will have the opportunity to implement their legacy programs instead of staying in office too briefly,” said Lacson, who upon graduating from the Philippine Military Academy in 1971 served in the Philippine Constabulary until 1991.

Related: Batas na Tutuldukan ang ‘Revolving-Door Policy’ ng AFP, Isa sa Mga Legacy ni Ping sa AFP, DND
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Going Home

I’m going home. After being away too long looking after the needs of other people, it is time to serve my family for a change. Enjoying peace and quiet in these challenging times will probably be my life’s greatest reward.

Ping, Umaasa sa Muling Pagkakaisa, Kapayapaan ng Sambayanan sa Pagtatapos ng Kampanya

Sa pagtatapos ng kampanya at halalan sa Mayo 9, umaasa si independent presidential candidate Senador Ping Lacson na ito na rin ang magiging katapusan ng pagkakawatak-watak at girian na nanaig sa nakararaming botanteng Pilipino noong nakaraang 90 araw.

Sa kanyang Twitter post nitong Sabado ng umaga, ipinahayag ni Lacson ang pag-asa niya na maging isang bansa at nagkakaisang sambayanan muli ang mamamayang Pilipino.

“Dear God. Thank You for keeping us ALL safe from illness and injury as we finish the race to submit ourselves to the will of the people. May the bitterness and animosity be buried with the memories of the most grueling 90 days of our lives and be one nation, one people again,” ani Lacson.

Related: Lacson Hopes for Unity, End to Animosity as Campaign Period Ends
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Lacson Hopes for Unity, End to Animosity as Campaign Period Ends

As the campaign period for the May 9, 2022 elections concludes, independent presidential bet Sen. Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson is hoping that the bitterness and animosity of the last 90 days will come to an end as well.

In a post on his Twitter account early Saturday, Lacson voiced hopes that the Philippines and the Filipino people will become “one nation, one people again.”

“Dear God. Thank You for keeping us ALL safe from illness and injury as we finish the race to submit ourselves to the will of the people. May the bitterness and animosity be buried with the memories of the most grueling 90 days of our lives and be one nation, one people again,” he said.

Related: Ping, Umaasa sa Muling Pagkakaisa, Kapayapaan ng Sambayanan sa Pagtatapos ng Kampanya
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Ping, Humiling ng Isang Mapayapang Rebolusyon sa Mayo 9

CARMONA, Cavite – Sa kanilang ginanap na miting de avance Biyernes ng gabi, hinikayat ni independent presidential aspirant Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson ang sambayanan na maglunsad sa Mayo 9 ng isang mapayapang rebolusyon sa pamamagitan ng paggamit ng kanilang karapatan na bumoto ng karapat-dapat na lider ng bansa.

Ito ang panawagan ni Lacson at ng kanyang ka-tandem na si Senate President Tito Sotto sa harap ng mahigit sa 50,000 supporters na dumalo sa Verdant Square.

“Nananawagan ako sa inyo. Inaanyayahan ko kayo na maglunsad tayo ng isang rebolusyon. Hindi po rebolusyon na tulad ng pinaglaban ng ating mga ninuno ng ating mga bayani. Ito po ay isang tahimik na rebolusyon kung saan ang ating gamit ay ang ating mga panulat upang i-shade sa balota ang mga pangalan ng mga dapat at karapat-dapat na mamuno sa ating bansa,” ani Lacson.

Related: Lacson to Filipinos: Launch Silent Revolution on May 9
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Lacson to Filipinos: Launch Silent Revolution on May 9

CARMONA, Cavite – On May 9, let us launch a silent revolution – not the kind our forefathers launched against foreign invaders and conquerors, but a silent one using our pens to shade the names of our country’s next leaders.

This was independent presidential bet Sen. Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson’s invitation to Filipino voters Friday evening at his and vice presidential bet Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III’s miting de avance attended by some 50,000 cheering people at the Verdant Square here.

“Nananawagan ako sa inyo. Inaanyayahan ko kayo na maglunsad tayo ng isang rebolusyon. Hindi po rebolusyon na tulad ng pinaglaban ng ating mga ninuno ng ating mga bayani. Ito po ay isang tahimik na rebolusyon kung saan ang ating gamit ay ang ating mga panulat upang i-shade sa balota ang mga pangalan ng mga dapat at karapat-dapat na mamuno sa ating bansa (I am inviting you to take part in a revolution. Not the revolution that our forefathers waged against conquerors and invaders. This is a silent revolution where we will use our pens to shade the names of deserving leaders in our ballots),” he said.

Related: Ping, Humiling ng Isang Mapayapang Rebolusyon sa Mayo 9
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Ping, Nakatanggap ng Mainit, Umaapaw na Suporta sa Pagbisita sa Mindanao

Di magkamayaw na tao at isang mainit na pagtanggap ang sumalubong kay independent presidential aspirant Sen. Ping Lacson sa kanyang pagbisita sa Maguindanao at Cagayan de Oro City nitong Huwebes.

Taliwas ang nakitang suporta ng senador sa sinasabing zero support sa Mindanao base sa inilabas na resulta ng isang survey firm.

Bilang natatanging presidential candidate na bumisita sa bayan ng Ampatuan, umaapaw ang saya at init ng pagtanggap kay Lacson at sa kanyang senatorial candidates na sina Minguita Padilla at Manny Piñol sa kanilang pagbisita sa Kamasi Multipurpose Hall.

Related: Big Crowds, Rousing Welcomes in Maguindanao, CDO Fortify Support for Lacson in Mindanao
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Big Crowds, Rousing Welcomes in Maguindanao, CDO Fortify Support for Lacson in Mindanao

Big crowds, rousing welcomes and unequivocal affirmations of support in Maguindanao province and Cagayan de Oro City marked the town hall meetings of presidential aspirant Sen. Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson in Mindanao on Thursday.

The show of support for Lacson in both areas also belied the projection of a survey firm that he may get zero votes in Mindanao on Election Day.

In Maguindanao, Lacson – accompanied by senatorial candidates Minguita Padilla and Emmanuel Piñol – received an enthusiastic welcome at the Kamasi Multipurpose Hall in Ampatuan town, as some residents lauded him for being the first presidential candidate to visit them.

Related: Ping, Nakatanggap ng Mainit, Umaapaw na Suporta sa Pagbisita sa Mindanao
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Ping sa PhilHealth: Ipagpaliban Muna Ang Pagtaas ng Premium

Nanawagan si independent presidential aspirant Sen. Ping Lacson sa Philhealth na pansamantalang ipagpaliban ang napipintong pagtaas ng kanilang premium sa Hunyo para makahinga sa dagdag gastusin ang mga miyembro na lubhang naapektuhan ng pandemya.

Bagama’t pinahihintulutan ang PhilHealth na itaas ang kanilang premium sa ilalim ng Universal Health Care Act, hindi aniya napapanahon para gawin ito.

“It is within the provisions of the Universal Health Care Act to increase, although it may not be advisable at this point in time because we are still reeling from the effects of the pandemic. Baka hindi timely,” ani Lacson sa isinagawang presscon sa Cagayan de Oro City nitong Huwebes ng hapon.

Related: Lacson to PhilHealth: Defer Planned Premium Hike
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Lacson to PhilHealth: Defer Planned Premium Hike

The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) may need to defer its planned premium rate hike in June to allow members whose livelihoods were affected by the pandemic to recover, presidential aspirant Sen. Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson said.

Lacson said that while PhilHealth is allowed to raise its premium under the Universal Health Care Act, doing so now is untimely and not advisable.

“It is within the provisions of the Universal Health Care Act to increase, although it may not be advisable at this point in time because we are still reeling from the effects of the pandemic. Baka hindi timely (It may not be timely),” Lacson said at a press conference in Cagayan de Oro City Thursday afternoon.

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Ping, Ramdam ang Init ng Suporta sa Dumaguete, Bais Sa Kabila ng Umano’y ‘Zero’ Support sa Visayas

Tila kabaligtaran ng resulta ng isang survey firm ang ipinakitang mainit na suporta kay Senador Ping Lacson nang siya ay bumisita sa Negros Oriental nitong Miyerkules.

Matatandaan na base sa resulta ng survey kamakailan ay sinasabi na zero o walang suporta ang mga taga-Visayas sa kandidatura ng independent presidential aspirant.

Sinalubong si Lacson sa Dumaguete City ni Elsie Lee at ang kanyang pamilya. Ang anak ni Mrs. Lee na si Emmanuel ay na-kidnap noon at si Lacson ang nanguna sa pagligtas sa kanilang anak mula sa kidnappers.

Related: What ‘Zero in Visayas’ Projection? Lacson Gets Warm Welcome in Dumaguete, Bais
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What ‘Zero in Visayas’ Projection? Lacson Gets Warm Welcome in Dumaguete, Bais

The zero support in the Visayas that a survey firm projected for independent presidential bet Sen. Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson was debunked on Wednesday by the warm reception he got in Negros Oriental.

Lacson was welcomed in Dumaguete City by Elsie Lee and her family upon his arrival. Mrs. Lee’s son Emmanuel was a kidnap-for-ransom victim who Lacson rescued during his law enforcement days.

Lacson, accompanied by senatoriable Emmanuel Piñol, were then feted at the Lee Plaza before they paid a courtesy call on Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo at City Hall.

Related: Ping, Ramdam ang Init ng Suporta sa Dumaguete, Bais Sa Kabila ng Umano’y ‘Zero’ Support sa Visayas
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Voters’ Enlightenment, ‘Silent Revolution’ Magiging Legacy ng Lacson-Sotto Tandem

Anuman ang maging resulta ng eleksyon sa Mayo 9, tiwala ang magka-tandem na sina Senador Ping Lacson at Senate President Tito Sotto na may maiiwan silang “legacy” sa bayan – ang pagbigay kaalaman sa nakararaming botante.

Ito anila ang resulta ng serye ng town hall meetings at pakikipag-dayalogo sa lahat ng kanilang mga nakausap sa kasagsagan ng kanilang kampanya.

“Come what may, maybe on May 9, 2022 – o sa mga susunod na eleksyon sa 2025, 2028, 2031 and beyond – baka yun man lang ang legacy na maiwan namin. Somehow, nag-contribute kami na mabago ang kultura ng eleksyon sa bansa, kung saan sa ngayon, kung sino ang magaling mag-entertain, magaling mambola ay tinatangkilik,” ani Lacson sa kanilang press conference na ginanap sa Tagaytay City.

Related: Lacson, Sotto See Voters’ Enlightenment, ‘Silent Revolution’ as Their Indelible Legacies
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Lacson, Sotto See Voters’ Enlightenment, ‘Silent Revolution’ as Their Indelible Legacies

Regardless of the outcome of the May 9 elections, independent presidential aspirant Sen. Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson and his vice presidential bet Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III will have left an indelible legacy: voters’ enlightenment.

Lacson and Sotto said Tuesday they believe they achieved this through the town hall meetings – all with dialogues or open forums – in the places that they have visited during the campaign.

“Come what may, maybe on May 9, 2022 – o sa mga susunod na eleksyon sa 2025, 2028, 2031 and beyond – baka yun man lang ang legacy na maiwan namin. Somehow, nag-contribute kami na mabago ang kultura ng eleksyon sa bansa, kung saan sa ngayon, kung sino ang magaling mag-entertain, magaling mambola ay tinatangkilik (Come what may, whether it is on May 9, 2022 or in future elections in 2025, 2028, 2031 and beyond, at least we will leave a legacy for the next elections by improving our election culture from the current one where those who know how to entertain and smooth-talk are the projected winners),” Lacson said at a press conference in Tagaytay City.

Related: Voters’ Enlightenment, ‘Silent Revolution’ Magiging Legacy ng Lacson-Sotto Tandem
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On the Latest Pulse Asia Survey: A Call to Active and Silent Supporters

Aside from the constant 2% survey results that they’ve been giving me for the past few months, now it is zero scores in both Visayas and Mindanao. Instead of speculating, it is best for me to just wait for the May 9 election results which is not too long a wait after all.

That being said, I call on all my active and silent supporters and those who truly believe in good, honest governance to go out on May 9 and cast their votes as it is the ultimate show of support that matters to Filipinos of the present and future generations.

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Mga Munisipalidad, Mas Madali Na Maging Siyudad Dahil sa Bagong Batas ni Ping

Mas mapapadali na para sa mga mauunlad na munisipalidad ang magpa-convert bilang siyudad, dahil sa isang panukalang batas na inihain ni Senador Ping Lacson.

Naging basehan ng Republic Act 11683 ang Senate Bill 255 na inihain ni Lacson noong July 2019, at ang counterpart measure nito na House Bill 8207.

“By opening the doors to cityhood for qualified municipalities, the new law allows the local governments to fully operationalize their functions. As such, we address the inequity in national resources, we provide a greater number of our people the effectual impact of being a city – better delivery of public services and a fair share of our progress,” ani Lacson, na matagal nang adhikain ang palakasin ang local government units sa buong bansa.

Related: Lacson Bill Easing Requirements for Cityhood Becomes Law
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Lacson Bill Easing Requirements for Cityhood Becomes Law

Prosperous municipalities now have one less obstacle to becoming cities, after a bill filed by Sen. Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson to ease the requirements on converting municipalities to component cities became law.

Republic Act 11683, which lapsed into law on April 10, 2022, is based on Senate Bill 255 filed by Lacson in July 2019, as well as on House Bill 8207.

“By opening the doors to cityhood for qualified municipalities, the new law allows the local governments to fully operationalize their functions. As such, we address the inequity in national resources, we provide a greater number of our people the effectual impact of being a city – better delivery of public services and a fair share of our progress,” said Lacson, a champion of empowering local government units.

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Ping, Mas Dumarami Pa Ang Nakumbinsing Mga Botante sa Bicol

Mas dumarami pa ang nakumbinsing mga botante ni independent presidential candidate Sen. Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson nang bumisita siya sa Bicol nitong Biyernes.

Ayon kay Lacson at senatorial bet Minguita Padilla, maganda ang naging pagtanggap ng mga residente ng Catanduanes at Camarines Sur sa kanilang pakikipag-usap sa mga ito sa naganap na townhall meeting sa lugar.

“Sa una, parang kaunti lang ang responses na narinig, yung reactions. But then after the open forum, something really changed, talagang na-reversed ang situation, so we would like to think na yung conversation napakalaki. Kasi naiba talaga, very very visible,” ani Lacson.

Related: Lacson Wins Converts in Bicol
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Lacson Wins Converts in Bicol

Independent presidential candidate Sen. Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson managed to win over converts in parts of Bicol where he campaigned on Friday.

Lacson and senatorial bet Minguita Padilla noted the audiences at their town hall meetings in Catanduanes and Camarines Sur became enthusiastic after noticing he and Padilla listen to their problems.

“Sa una, parang kaunti lang ang responses na narinig, yung reactions. But then after the open forum, something really changed, talagang na-reversed ang situation, so we would like to think na yung conversation napakalaki. Kasi naiba talaga, very very visible (At first, there seemed to be little response from the audience in our town hall meeting. But after the open forum, something really changed. The situation was reversed. So we would like to think there was a conversion),” Lacson said.

Related: Ping, Mas Dumarami Pa Ang Nakumbinsing Mga Botante sa Bicol
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Kanselasyon ng Sorties sa Bicol, Fake News – Lacson Camp

Target ng fake news si independent presidential bet Sen. Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson kung saan sinasabi na kinansela niya ang kanyang pangangampanya sa Bicol, partikulatlt na sa Naga, Camarines Sur ngayong Biyernes.

Ayok sa mga local organizers, may nagsabi raw sa local media na dadalo sana sa kampanya sa Naga na kanselado na ang pagbisita ng independent presidential aspirant.

Related: Lacson Camp Scores Fake News that Bicol Sorties ‘Canceled’
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Lacson Camp Scores Fake News that Bicol Sorties ‘Canceled’

Independent presidential bet Sen. Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson was the target of fake news spreading Friday that he had canceled his campaign events in Bicol, particularly in Naga, Camarines Sur.

Local organizers cited information reaching them that local media who were to attend Lacson’s campaign in Naga were advised that the events were canceled.

Related: Kanselasyon ng Sorties sa Bicol, Fake News – Lacson Camp
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Ping, Masaya para sa ‘Yolanda Graduates’ Na Malaking Tulong sa Mga Komunidad na Nasalanta ng Bagyo

Karamihan sa mga development at community planning officers sa Visayas na nakatanggap ng scholarship grant mula sa Office of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (OPARR) noong 2014 ay kasalukuyang tumutulong na sa mga komunidad na nasalanta rin ng kalamidad tulad ng Bagyong Odette at Agaton.

Ang scholarship grant na ito na nagkakahalaga ng US$10-million ay mula rin sa United States Agency for International Development (USAID) sa pakikipagtulungan ng OPARR noong pinamunuan ito ni Senador Ping Lacson na dating nagsilbi bilang Presidential Assistant on Rehabilitation and Recovery.

Sa kanyang pagbisita sa Ormoc, Leyte nitong Miyerkules kasama ang kanyang ka-tandem na si Senate President Tito Sotto, nakausap nila ang ilan sa mga planning officers na naging scholars ng nasabing programa.

Related: Seeing ‘Yolanda Graduates’ Making a Difference vs Calamities in Ormoc Makes Lacson Feel Fulfilled
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Seeing ‘Yolanda Graduates’ Making a Difference vs Calamities in Ormoc Makes Lacson Feel Fulfilled

Many of the development and community planning officers in the Visayas who received scholarship grants from the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (OPARR) through the US$10-million technical support and assistance extended by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) after their areas were devastated by Super Typhoon Yolanda are now helping their communities deal with similar disasters like Odette and Agaton – and independent presidential candidate Sen. Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson is very proud of them.

Lacson, who as Presidential Assistant on Rehabilitation and Recovery facilitated their schooling eight years ago, met with some of the planning officers during his and vice presidential bet Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III’s visit to Ormoc, Leyte on Wednesday.

“Parang fulfilling. Of course tinamaan na naman ng Odette, tinamaan na naman ng Agaton. And we take pride in one of our legacy projects na nabanggit ko kanina, nagpa-scholar kami ng 162 planning officers who are now giving services sa kanilang respective municipalities (It was very fulfilling to see some of the 162 planning officers who underwent training via scholarships now giving services to their respective municipalities and dealing with the effects of recent cyclones like Odette and Agaton),” Lacson said.

Related: Ping, Masaya para sa ‘Yolanda Graduates’ Na Malaking Tulong sa Mga Komunidad na Nasalanta ng Bagyo
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Ping: Tapusin na Ang Karahasan sa Abra, Iba Pang Hotspots sa Bansa

Kasabay ng dasal para sa isang mapayapang eleksyon sa Abra at iba pang hotspots sa bansa, kasama rin sa plano ni independent presidential candidate Sen. Ping Lacson ang matuldukan ang kultura ng karahasan sa mga naturang lugar.

Sinabi ni Lacson nitong Martes sa kanyang pagbisita sa Abra na tapusin na ang pamamayagpag ng mga warlord na kumokontrol sa mga residente at lalong nagpapahirap sa kanilang buhay.

“Of course ginawa ko noong Chief PNP ako – pay special attention not only to Abra but in areas na traditionally historically magulo, not only during election period,” ani Lacson sa kanyang panayam sa media.

Related: Lacson Bares Plan to End Bloodshed in Abra, Other Violence-Prone Provinces
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Lacson Bares Plan to End Bloodshed in Abra, Other Violence-Prone Provinces

Even as he prayed for peaceful elections in Abra and other hotspots on May 9, independent presidential aspirant Sen. Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson has mapped out a plan to put an end to the culture of violence in such areas.

Lacson, who was in Abra on Tuesday, also stressed it is time to end the culture where “warlords” keep residents poor and ignorant, and always dependent on them.

“Of course ginawa ko noong Chief PNP ako – pay special attention not only to Abra but in areas na traditionally historically magulo, not only during election period (I have done this when I headed the Philippine National Police – pay special attention not only to Abra but to areas that have been traditionally and historically prone to violence not only during the election period),” he said in an interview with media.

Related: Ping: Tapusin na Ang Karahasan sa Abra, Iba Pang Hotspots sa Bansa
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Lacson-Sotto, Tiwala na Magkakaroon ng Vote Swing sa Mayo

Maliban sa pag-asang tumaas sa survey, tiwala pa rin ang tambalan ni presidential aspirant Sen. Ping Lacson at vice presidential bet niyang si Senate President Tito Sotto na magkakaroon ng vote swing sa darating na halalan sa Mayo.

“Ang isip pwedeng magpalit even in a split second. Pagpasok mo sa polling booth, pwedeng magbago ang shi-shade-an mo because nakapag-discern ka. That’s the reason why yun ang panawagan naming lahat sa voters, maging discerning. Tignan kung sino ang pinaka-qualified, pinaka-competent, pinaka-experienced,” ani Lacson sa isinagawang press conference sa Rizal nitong Biyernes.

Related: Lacson, Sotto See Last-Minute Vote Swing from Discerning Voters
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Lacson, Sotto See Last-Minute Vote Swing from Discerning Voters

More than a better showing in a recent survey, independent presidential aspirant Sen. Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson and his vice presidential bet Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III are counting on a last-minute vote swing from discerning voters in their favor on Election Day.

While Lacson and Sotto maintained that surveys are a snapshot of people’s sentiments on a particular day, they believe voters can still change their minds at the last second.

“Ang isip pwedeng magpalit even in a split second. Pagpasok mo sa polling booth, pwedeng magbago ang shi-shade-an mo because nakapag-discern ka. That’s the reason why yun ang panawagan naming lahat sa voters, maging discerning. Tignan kung sino ang pinaka-qualified, pinaka-competent, pinaka-experienced (People can change their minds in a split second. Even after entering the polling booth and before shading the ballots you can still change your mind. That’s why we keep telling voters to be discerning and look at who is the most qualified and experienced),” Lacson said at a press conference in Rizal Friday.

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Mga Miyembro ng Reporma sa Aklan, Antique, Nagpahayag ng Suporta sa Lacson-Sotto Tandem

Patuloy na nagpahayag ng suporta sa kandidatura nina independent presidential aspirant Sen. Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson at ka-tandem nito na si Senate President Tito Sotto ang mga miyembro ng Partido Reporma sa Aklan at Antique sa kabila ng pagbitiw ni Lacson sa partido bilang Chairman noong nakaraang Marso.

Nakipagpulong si Lacson kasama ang mga miyembro ng dati niyang partido nitong Martes ng gabi matapos ang ginanap na town hall session sa Kalibo, Aklan. Ayon sa independent presidential candidate, ang mga miyembro ng Reporma ang nag-organisa ng naturang meeting.

“Kaya kami pumunta ng Aklan and Caluya, meron kaming candidates doon, nag-request sila kung pwedeng puntahan ko sila. Ang Reporma (members), they continue to support me. Sabi nila kaya kami nag-Reporma because of you,” ani Lacson.

Related: Reporma Members in Aklan, Antique Throw Support Behind Lacson-Sotto
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Reporma Members in Aklan, Antique Throw Support Behind Lacson-Sotto

Members of Partido Reporma in Aklan and Antique continue to support the electoral bids of independent presidential aspirant Sen. Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson, even after he had left the party last March.

Lacson met with members of his former party Tuesday evening following a town hall session in Kalibo, Aklan. The Reporma members had requested the meeting, he said.

“Kaya kami pumunta ng Aklan and Caluya, meron kaming candidates doon, nag-request sila kung pwedeng puntahan ko sila. Ang Reporma (members), they continue to support me. Sabi nila kaya kami nag-Reporma because of you (This is the reason we were scheduled to visit Aklan and Caluya. Some candidates from Reporma asked for our presence. They continue to support me. They told me they joined Reporma because of me),” he said.

Related: Mga Miyembro ng Reporma sa Aklan, Antique, Nagpahayag ng Suporta sa Lacson-Sotto Tandem
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Lacson: Never Too Late to Respect the Filipino Voters

Statements of Sen. Ping Lacson and SP Tito Sotto on the issues involving the April 17, 2022 press conference

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Ping: Lalabanan Natin Ang Anumang Hakbang para Hadlangan ang Demokrasya

Nanindigan si independent presidential candidate Sen. Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson nitong Linggo na patuloy niyang lalabanan ang anumang hakbang para hadlangan ang karapatan ng mga botante na bumoto sa ilalim ng demokrasya.

Ayon kay Lacson, hindi siya nag-iisa sa karanasan kung saan kinukumbinsi siya at ibang kandidato sa pagka-Presidente na umatras kapalit ng pera at iba pang konsiderasyon.

“Sinu-subvert na natin ang will ng electorate maski wala pang halalan,” saad ni Lacson sa presscon kasama ang iba pang presidential candidates sa Manila Peninsula Hotel sa Makati City.

Related: Lacson Vows to Fight Attempts to Subvert Democracy
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Lacson Vows to Fight Attempts to Subvert Democracy

Independent presidential candidate Sen. Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson on Sunday vowed to fight moves by some sectors to subvert democracy by “convincing” him and some of his fellow presidential aspirants to withdraw from the presidential race.

Lacson said he was not alone in getting feelers to withdraw from the presidential derby in exchange for financial and other considerations.

“Sinu-subvert na natin ang will ng electorate maski wala pang halalan (This is an attempt to subvert the will of the electorate even before Election Day),” he said at a press conference with fellow presidential candidates at the Manila Peninsula Hotel in Makati City.

Related: Ping: Lalabanan Natin Ang Anumang Hakbang para Hadlangan ang Demokrasya
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On the Presidential Veto of the Proposed SIM Card Registration Act

I may have to agree with the presidential veto. Mandating social media registration could be violative of the “one subject one title rule” as defined under the 1987 Constitution, not to mention the absence of safeguards or guidelines in the said provision not even covered by the title of the measure itself.

That being said, my version of the bill simply calls for the mandatory registration of all the Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards with the service providers as being practiced in other jurisdictions.

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Mga Taga-Suporta ng Lacson-Sotto Tandem, Nag-Organisa ng Relief Ops sa Iloilo

Hindi man nakabisita ang tandem ni independent presidential aspirant Sen. Ping Lacson at vice presidential bet niyang si Senate President Tito Sotto sa Iloilo bunsod ng masamang panahon, siniguro naman ng kanilang mga taga-suporta na ramdam ang kanilang presensya sa lugar upang magbigay ng tulong.

Sama-sama silang nag-organisa ng relief operations sa Iloilo City at Estancia na isa sa mga bayan sa Iloilo na lubhang naapektuhan ng pagbaha dulot ng Tropical Cyclone Agaton.

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