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#PingSays: ‘Shared’ House Speakership; Death Penalty Bill; Sen. Bato | July 9, 2019

In an interview, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
possible effects of a ‘shared’ House Speakership
– possible ‘pork’ in the budget, amending the 1987 Constitution
– Senate’s continued independence even with ‘the President’s men’
– passage of death penalty bill
– Sen dela Rosa’s ‘S*** happens’ statement

Quotes from the interview…
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On ‘Haters’ and Bashers

Sen. Lacson urges ‘haters’ to look at issues differently: Dapat sa tama o mali.

“You know me. When I need to call out the President I do it. And when I need to support whatever advocacies he has, I also do so and I openly express myself.”

“Ang problema kasi ang divisiveness sa bansa natin has become too deep. It’s either kasi pag meron kang position na mukhang tingin nila favor sa kanila isang partisan group, expect nila lahat na sasabihin mo dapat pabor sa kanila otherwise mali ka na, which is a wrong attitude. Hindi ba pwedeng doon tayo sa whether tama o mali ako?”

“At least pinaniniwalaan kong tama doon ako papunta, and that’s my call. But to accuse me of being magulo and di malaman ang position, balimbing, and so forth, that is also unfair.”

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Kapihan sa Senado forum | June 19, 2019

At the Kapihan sa Senado forum, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
– irregularities involving the PhilHealth board and Chairman Francisco Duque III
– maritime ‘hit-and-run’ at the West Philippine Sea
– dealing with ‘critics’

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#PingSays: On China’s Maritime Hit-and-Run: ‘We were tested…’ | June 18, 2019

Could the sinking of a Philippine fishing boat by a Chinese vessel in the West Philippine Sea last June 9 have been a ‘test’? Did the Philippines pass or fail?

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Interview on CNN Philippines: Maritime ‘Hit-and-Run’ at West Philippine Sea; New Irregularity at PhilHealth | June 18, 2019

In an interview on CNN Philippines, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
– President Duterte’s take on the ‘hit-and-run’ at the West Philippine Sea
– newly discovered irregularity involving the PhilHealth board

Quotes from the interview…
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Interpellation of SB 2233 (Increasing the Excise Tax on Tobacco Products)

In his interpellation on the Senate bill seeking to increase the excise tax on tobacco products, Sen. Lacson stressed the need to plug leakages in tax collection to raise enough revenues. “We keep raising taxes. We keep passing new revenue measures. But we don’t look at some other potential sources of revenues which is I think ito ang mas malaki. Nami-miss natin.”

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“What a Mess: A Dumping Ground of Garbage and Drugs”

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We spend a great deal of taxpayers’ money for an automated processing system, x-ray scanners, even for brokers’ accreditation, not to mention fairly high salaries for seasoned military men at the helm of the Bureau of Customs. But at the end of the day – all our efforts be damned — we are still one hell of a mess.

Mr. President, distinguished colleagues, I rise before you on a matter of personal and collective privilege.

To say that our country is treated like trash appears to be true, as in literally, amid news reports of tons of waste being illegally shipped into our lands, no thanks to local and foreign smugglers, unscrupulous Customs brokers and corrupt Customs officials.

Related:
At a Glance: A Dumping Ground of Garbage and Drugs
“KITA KITA” (sa Customs): Paglahad sa Payola sa Bureau of Customs
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Speech at the 74th Anniversary of the PNP Crime Laboratory

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In both formal and informal occasions, I often stress that this is the point in my life where I certainly have more yesterdays than tomorrows. I tell you, as I gaze into my ‘yesterdays,’ I cannot help but realize how much has really changed in every aspect of our lives.

Let me share with you — in the late 1950s, when I was a young elementary student in a sleepy town of Imus, Cavite, I had a vivid memory of a lone policeman we simply referred to as “Kabo.”

He was a highly esteemed and respected man assigned to keep peace and order in our almost obscure barangay called Barrio Bayanluma then.

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Interpellation of the Solar Para sa Bayan Corp. franchise bill

“Kailangan pa ba ng franchise ang Solar Para Sa Bayan Corp.? Ayon sa batas, hindi. Kaya bakit?”

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“If we grant them the franchise, they will have exclusive right to operate in those areas. Therefore, they will deny other qualified third parties so they will go through competitive process. If that’s the case why do we need a franchise for SPSB?”

“If they have to go through a competitive process, we might as well disregard the franchise. May competitive process, anyway. Why would we still grant a franchise? There’s no need.”

“My other issue is, are we not establishing a precedent in passing this bill? Iniiba natin ang nature ng franchise. (W)e’re actually amending EPIRA. Sabi kanina ng sponsor iba ang definition ng unviable sa unserved and underserved. If that’s the case we’re amending the EPIRA law.”

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Opening Prayer at the Senate Regular Session

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“We come before you, O loving Heavenly Father as the sun rises into this new day.
May your eternal love rise in our hearts, a love that makes us instrument of Thy peace, a love that seeks only truth and harmony.
“In the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.”