Category: Statements

Kapihan sa Senado forum | Nov. 15, 2018

At the Kapihan sa Senado forum, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
– return of the Balangiga Bells from the US to PH
– portrayal of PNP leadership in ‘FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano’
– suspension of excise tax on fuel products in 2019
– President Duterte’s supposed ‘power nap’ at the ASEAN Summit
– possible arrest of former First Lady Imelda Marcos
– bringing down VAT and cutting the number of exemptions
– possible Senate inquiry into recent killing of local executives
– rogue cops abusing their authority amid a pay raise starting January 2019
– prospective third telco
– DICT leadership change
– legislation transferring training of police recruits from PPSC to PNP
– ‘rampant corruption’ at Customs
– possible extension of martial law in Mindanao

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#PingTweets: On the future of Philippine information and communication technology

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Ping: DPWH Road Project sa CAR, Kulang sa Plano Kaya Lustay Pondo Na, Buwis Buhay Pa

Kahit sangkaterbang pera na ng pamahalaan ang nagagastos para rito, mananatili pa ring panganib sa buhay ng mga motorista at publiko ang isang kalsadang proyekto ng Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) sa Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), dahil sa kakulangan ng pagpaplano.

Ito ang isiniwalat ni Senador Panfilo Lacson sa pagdinig ng Senado sa panukalang badyet ng ahensiya para sa susunod na taon, na personal na dinaluhan ni Secretary Mark Villar.

Partikular na tinukoy ni Lacson ang Baguio-La Trinidad-Itogon-Sablan-Tuba-Tublay (BLISTT) Circumferential Road matapos na magsagawa ng malalimang imbestigasyon at pag-aaral ang kanyang tanggapan.

Humigit-kumulang P1.84 bilyon na ang nailaan sa nabanggit na proyekto mula noong 2017, kabilang na rito ang P590 milyon para sa susunod na taon.

Related:
Lacson: Lack of Planning in DPWH Cordillera Road Project Can Waste Funds, Cost Lives
At a Glance: Issues Hounding the DPWH’s Sariaya, BLISTT Projects

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Lacson: Lack of Planning in DPWH Cordillera Road Project Can Waste Funds, Cost Lives

Wasting taxpayers’ money is bad enough, but potentially endangering lives is worse.

Yet, this could be the fate of multibillion-peso infrastructure projects that lack planning – such as the Baguio-La Trinidad-Itogon-Sablan-Tuba-Tublay (BLISTT) Circumferential Road in the Cordillera Administrative Region, Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson said.

“It’s bad enough that we lose money to corruption. It’s worse if we lose more due to lack of planning and preparation – or simply put, incompetence. We should take all possible factors into consideration,” Lacson said at the Senate committee hearing on the budget of the Department of Public Works and Highways for 2019.

“While there is no doubt road projects such as the BLISTT are important as they promise shorter travel time and stimulation of economic activity, there should have been planning to address various concerns, such as safety,” he added.

Related:
Ping: DPWH CAR Road Project, Kulang sa Plano Kaya Lustay Pondo Na, Buwis Buhay Pa
At a Glance: Issues Hounding the DPWH’s Sariaya, BLISTT Projects

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Lacson to PNP, PDEA: Let street pushers lead to big-time drug suppliers

Instead of killing street pushers, the Philippine National Police and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency must exhaust efforts to arrest them, so they can lead to the big-time suppliers of illegal drugs.

Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson offered this formula to the two agencies so they can deal the drug trade a major blow.

“Don’t kill the street pushers; arrest them. Make them lead you to the big-time suppliers, then finish the job by engaging those suppliers in a shootout. Get another street pusher and continue the cycle,” Lacson said in a post on his Twitter account on Thursday.  Continue reading “Lacson to PNP, PDEA: Let street pushers lead to big-time drug suppliers”

On Abuses by Some PNP Personnel Amid Upcoming Hefty Pay Hike

Starting January 2019, when the salary increase of policemen takes effect in compliance with Joint Resolution No. 1, it bears watching if ‘kotong cops’ will disappear from the street corners and dark alleys and instead focus on their job of protecting and serving the people.

I have high hopes that it will materialize, since with all the benefits and unprecedented salary hike accorded to the military and uniformed personnel, thanks to the strong political will of President Rodrigo Duterte who almost singlehandedly pushed for the same, there is every reason for right-thinking police officers to love and secure their profession, not to mention to be motivated enough to show a debt of gratitude to their Commander-in-Chief who made an almost impossible legislation to pass.

Looking back, I can’t help but realize how we – starting from our cadetship in the Philippine Military Academy, all the way to retirement from the uniformed service, were fed, clothed, sheltered, and provided with all the logistical support and more – should have no reason whatsoever not to give back all we can, even our lives to government and the Filipino taxpayers who spent for all that we needed.

That is why it is deplorable, to say the least, when we hear of ranking military and police officers who abuse their positions, steal government funds, and even the meal allowances of their men.

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Ping: Mga Militar sa BOC, Huwag na Sana Matukso

Huwag lang lapitan ng mga mapanukso.

Ito ang naging pahayag ni Senador at dating Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Panfilo Lacson kaugnay sa mistulang pagtatalaga ng mga nasa hanay ng militar sa Bureau of Customs (BOC), makaraan ang eskandalo sa naipuslit na shabu.

Sa kanyang Twitter post, binanggit ni Lacson na noong dekada 1960, dati nang napangasiwaan ng militar ang BOC at naging maayos umano ang operasyon nito dahil hindi umubra ang mga tangkang panunuhol ng mga smugglers.

Nagkaaberya lamang umano ang operasyon ng ahensiya sa naturang dekada matapos na gumamit ng mga naggagandahang mga kababaihan ang mga nakikipagtransaksiyon sa mga ahensiya.

“In the early 60’s, some young, idealistic AFP officers were put in charge of the BOC operations. They learned fast, they couldn’t be bribed or intimidated. The smugglers used equally young, beautiful women to influence them.  The rest is history we don’t want to remember,” pagsisiwalat ni Lacson.

Related: Lacson Cites Three-Pronged Solution vs Corruption at Customs
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Lacson Cites Three-Pronged Solution vs Corruption at Customs

Learn from history, establish a focused counter-intelligence system to curb corruption, and prioritize leadership by example.

These can help the Bureau of Customs curb corruption without having to tap officers from the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson said Monday.

Lacson, a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class 1971, cited a lesson from the 1960s showing the use of idealistic AFP officers to run the BOC did not work, after the smuggling rings used women to sway them.

“In the early 60’s, some young, idealistic AFP officers were put in charge of the BOC operations. They learned fast, they couldn’t be bribed or intimidated. The smugglers used equally young, beautiful women to influence them. The rest is history we don’t want to remember,” Lacson said in a post on his Twitter account.

Related: Ping: Mga Militar sa BOC, Huwag na Sana Matukso
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#PingTweets: On the reported plan to tap AFP to stop corruption at BOC

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