P/Gen Rodolfo Azurin Jr, Chief of the Philippine National Police; members of the command group and Directorial Staff and all the officers present; the men and women of the proud and brave organization, the PNP, magandang umaga po sa ating lahat.
It always feels good to be back home. To some of us in the Board of Trustees of the PNP Foundation Inc. Camp Crame is our home, a place where we spent most of our adult professional life facing challenges too many that we have lost count of the number. How time flies, and fast.
Twenty-two years ago, I used to preside and lead our regular Monday flag-raising ceremonies where we would start our week’s work in our offices, in the field, or wherever we could be deployed to serve and protect the people; unsure if we would still be alive to attend the next hoisting of the Philippine flag right on this spot where we stand now.
This is it. My long journey of 50 years now comes to an end. Looking back, I had a very simple childhood ambition. To become a lawyer and to start and cap my career as an agent of the NBI. With some unplanned twist of fate I graduated from the PMA. My dream then was to wear that insignia with a star on my shoulder. Instead I got four stars as chief of the nation’s police force and with a bang.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bad weather conditions may have prevented independent presidential aspirant Sen. Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson and his vice presidential bet Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III from visiting a flood-affected area in Iloilo, but their supporters made sure their presence is felt there.
Lacson and Sotto’s supporters, taking a cue from their idols, chipped in to mount relief operations in Estancia – one of the towns in Iloilo affected by floods brought by Tropical Cyclone Agaton – and in Iloilo City. The relief operations were organized in one day.
Tama na ang pananahimik. Panahon na para mag-ingay.
Ito ang panawagan ni independent presidential candidate Sen. Ping Lacson sa supporters niya at ni vice presidential bet Senate President Tito Sotto.
“Thank you ‘Pure Love’, ‘True Friends’, ‘Lacson Sotto Support Group’ for organizing your ‘Supporters Rally’ and making it happen today. It’s time to stop being silent. Get out of your echo chamber to be heard by the people. No balloons, no umbrellas, no props. Just pure love,” ani Lacson sa kanyang Twitter account Sabado ng gabi, matapos ang supporters’ rally para sa kanya at kay Sotto sa Quezon Memorial Circle.
It’s time to stop being silent and to start making yourselves heard.
On this note, independent presidential candidate Sen. Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson called on his and vice presidential bet Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III’s supporters to be more assertive in helping them convince voters to elect the most qualified, competent and experienced candidates.
“Thank you ‘Pure Love’, ‘True Friends’, ‘Lacson Sotto Support Group’ for organizing your ‘Supporters Rally’ and making it happen today. It’s time to stop being silent. Get out of your echo chamber to be heard by the people. No balloons, no umbrellas, no props. Just pure love,” Lacson said on his Twitter account Saturday evening, after he and Sotto attended the supporters’ rally at the Quezon Memorial Circle.
With the rigors and influence of money politics in this campaign, and the opportunism and treachery that go with it, I keep asking this question: Is the Filipino still worth fighting for?
Each time, I always get the same answer: Yes, the Filipino is worth fighting for.
Mahal ko ang aking bayan. Handa kong ipagtanggol laban sa mga dayuhang mananakop at sa mga may kapangyarihan na nagsasamantala sa mga kapos-palad nating mga kababayan.
Palagi naming naririnig – sayang daw ang boto sa mas kwalipikado dahil baka hindi lang manalo. Ang totoong sayang na boto ay para sa hindi karapat-dapat manalo at sa mga magnanakaw na dapat walang karapatang maluklok sa pwesto.
Maawa na po tayo sa ating mga kababayang Pilipino.
Today, I officially announce my resignation as Chairman and member of Partido Ng Demokratikong Reporma, which effectively makes me an independent candidate for the presidency in the upcoming May 2022 elections.
Yesterday, I was informed by the party president, former Speaker Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez, that their slate in Davao del Norte, led by the party secretary-general and Provincial Governor Edwin Jubahib, has decided to endorse another presidential candidate.
Considering that it is at the behest of these top-tier officials that I was recruited as a member and the party’s standard-bearer and thereafter elected as its chairman, I believe it is only decent and proper – consistent with my time-honored uncompromising principles – to make this decision.
Mula sa pagiging sundalo at alagad ng batas na lumaban sa terorismo, rebeldeng komunista at pusakal na kriminal; bilang Chief PNP na nagpatino at naglinis ng hanay ng kapulisan; bilang Senador na kailanman hindi nabahiran ng korapsyon, nais ko pong ipagpatuloy na magsilbi sa ating bayan.
Among all the Presidential aspirants — narito man o laging absent — walang sinuman kundi ako ang sadya at aktwal na nagsugal ng sariling buhay sa pagligtas sa panganib ng sinuman.
It takes a leader who is competent, qualified and experienced, to turn the promises of Unity, Bilis Aksyon, Angat Buhay into reality. Kailangan natin ng Pangulo na handang ipaglaban kayong lahat para ipanalo ang sambayanang Pilipino.
Ang pagkakaroon ng undercover operatives ang isa sa mga gagawin ni Senador Ping Lacson para mahuli ang mga tiwaling empleyado sa gobyerno sakaling mahalal siya bilang Pangulo.
Ani Lacson, sa paraang ito magtitino ang ilan sa takot na mahuli at maparusahan.
“Sa government bureaucracy, pwede tayong mag-field ng operatives na kunwari nag-a-apply… hanggang matanim sa isipan ng government employees and officials na delikado tayo, baka ang kinikikilan natin ay operative,” ani Lacson sa kanyang panayam sa Radyo 5.
Undercover operatives posing as applicants to catch extorting government employees will be among the drastic measures against corruption to be adopted by the administration of Sen. Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson should he be elected as President.
Lacson said that such drastic measures will keep even hardheaded members of the bureaucracy on their toes, for fear they would be caught and punished.
“Sa government bureaucracy, pwede tayong mag-field ng operatives na kunwari nag-a-apply… hanggang matanim sa isipan ng government employees and officials na delikado tayo, baka ang kinikikilan natin ay operative (In the bureaucracy, we can field operatives who pretend to be applicants, to catch mulcting employees. The corrupt employees will soon be on their toes because they don’t know if the applicant they are extorting from is a secret operative),” Lacson said in an interview on Radyo 5 Friday.
Binisto ni Senador Ping Lacson nitong Biyernes ang propaganda ng ilang grupo na nagsasabi na may mga aktibista na naaresto sa Cavite matapos magbabala ang senador hinggil sa posibleng “infiltration” ng mga miyembro ng legal front ng Communist Party of the Philippines sa kampanya ni Bise Presidente Leni Robredo.
Kinumpirma ni Lacson na ang naturang pag-aresto sa mga ito ay bunsod ng isang operasyon na pinangunahan ng Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.
“May naaresto pero drug operation ito sa Bacoor. Ang nag-operate, PDEA, anti-illegal drugs operation,” ani Lacson sa kanyang panayam sa Radyo 5.
Sen. Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson on Friday scored the propaganda by some groups that claimed activists were arrested in Cavite after he warned of the possible infiltration by the Communist Party of the Philippines and its legal fronts in the campaign of Vice President Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo.
Lacson said a fact-check showed the arrests were related to an operation of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency against illegal drugs in the province.
“May naaresto pero drug operation ito sa Bacoor. Ang nag-operate, PDEA, anti-illegal drugs operation (The arrests in Bacoor stemmed from an anti-illegal drug operation),” he said in an interview on Radyo 5.
The Lacson-Sotto tandem and some senatorial bets visited Sorsogon on March 3, 2022. Their schedule included meetings with local officials led by Gov. Chiz Escudero, and a meet-and-greet with 541 city and municipal barangay captains.
Pinasalamatan ni Senador Ping Lacson ang kanyang Alma Mater na Philippine Military Academy sa pagbigay sa kanya nito ng Lifetime Achievement Award noong Sabado. Para sa senador, magsisilbi itong inspirasyon sa kanya para maipagpatuloy ang mga nagawang kontribusyon sa serbisyo publiko.
Si Lacson ay miyembro ng PMA Matatag Class of 1971. Aniya, ang parangal na natanggap nya sa PMA ay ibinibigay sa mga alumni nito na nag-alay ng “dedicated, exemplary and unblemished service sa loob ng halos limang dekada.
Una muna, gusto kong batiin ang aking mga inaanak si Mayor Ramil at saka si Congresswoman Joanna. Of course, batiin ko rin si Governor Dotdot, Governor Edwin Jubahib ng Davao del Norte, si Vice Governor Franco Tito, at yung aking mga kasama; of course, si dating Speaker at Congressman Pantaleon ‘Bebot’ Alvarez na ngayo’y nasa First District ng Davao del Norte.
Ang sigaw ng Partido Reporma at ng tambalang Lacson-Sotto: Aayusin ang gobyerno upang maging maayos ang buhay ng bawat Pilipino. Ano ang aayusin natin sa gobyerno? Marami po. Kaya ang problema natin sa Pilipinas napakarami kasi may mga problema na binibigay ng ating gobyerno. Sa aming pananaw, ang pinakamalaking problema ng ating bayan, gobyerno; at ang solusyon, gobyerno rin. The biggest problem or the number one problem of our country is government, and the solution lies in the face of the government itself. It is called good government.
Una sa lahat, nais ko munang batiin ang youth leaders ng Tagum City. Alam niyo, gusto ko ring magbigay pugay sa ating butihing mayor, Mayor Allan Rellon. Dahil alam niyo, a true leader inspires; a true leader motivates.
At yan ang nakita ko kanina. Nagmamasid ako how inspired and how motivated the youth leaders of Tagum City are. Yun ang nakita ko kanina. So sabi ko nga si Mayor Rellon, pambihira ang ginagawa niya. How could he, you know, do such a wonderful thing? Tinatanong ko nga kay Speaker Bebot kanina, yan bang mga youth leaders sa Tagum City, yan yung na-organize ni Mayor Rellon? Totoo. So sa inyo, saludo po kami ni Senate President Tito Sotto at ang aming mga kasamahan.
In the celebration of the National Bible Day, we gather to reaffirm our faith and rejoice in the Word of God.
Please allow me to share: Noong nabubuhay pa ang aking INA – an extraordinary woman of faith who had always loved GOD and taught us, her children to do the same – dedicating her life to pass her pious ways to us. Palagi niyang ipinalala sa amin na ang Bibliya ang pinagmumulan ng PAG-ASA, PATNUBAY, at LAKAS.
Among the many verses that stand close to my heart is the passage in the Book of John, Chapter 10 Verse 10, where Jesus said, “the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.”
Never in our history has our nation sought and demanded a ‘time of healing’ with much fervor and tenacity than we do today — healing from the health crisis which scarred our people; healing from the economic, social, and political distress that, by and large, spoiled our nation.
I rise before you today for a parallel cause: a chance to heal the open wounds brought by our endless battle for peace and unification; an opportune time to embrace back into society those who went beyond the folds of our laws in furtherance of their political beliefs and aspirations.
FORT DEL PILAR, Baguio City – Katapangan, integridad at katapatan ang magiging gabay ni Senador Ping Lacson sa pagharap sa mga suliranin ng bansa sakaling palarin na mahalal sa pagka-Pangulo sa 2022.
Para kay Lacson, ito ang mga katangian ng isang lider na napulot nya bilang miyembro ng PMA Matatag Class of 1971 na magiging mahalaga sa pakikibaka laban sa mga samu’t saring isyu ng bansa.
“These virtues are much-warranted in today’s unprecedented challenges: the long-term impact of the pandemic, the ballooning national debt, the biggest dip of our economy, the maritime disputes in the West Philippine Sea, as well as the undeniable climate crisis,” ani Lacson sa kanyang talumpati sa ika-50 anibersayo ng PMA Class 1971.
FORT DEL PILAR, Baguio City – The values of Courage, Integrity and Loyalty will be the guide of Sen. Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson in addressing the challenges facing the country, should he be elected President in 2022.
Lacson said these virtues, which he learned as a member of the PMA Matatag Class of 1971, are much-needed in facing the “unprecedented” and humongous problems.
“These virtues are much-warranted in today’s unprecedented challenges: the long-term impact of the pandemic, the ballooning national debt, the biggest dip of our economy, the maritime disputes in the West Philippine Sea, as well as the undeniable climate crisis,” he said during his speech at the 50th anniversary of the PMA Class 1971 here.
In recent decades, scientists have been putting forward the radical idea that the human brain is designed to forget that old, unused memories wither over time like a photograph left under the sunlight.
This is exactly the reason why getting old sucks. Let me say what my “mistahs” hate to hear, but I will say it anyway: there is a moment in being old when nothing is left in your brain except happy, pleasant, even naughty memories that you cannot even remember. Do not get me wrong. The surviving members of this year’s Golden Jubilarians, the Matatag Class of 1971 are not there yet.
And when the inevitable happens to many of us – maybe ten to twenty years from now, or earlier – I am quite certain – that my brain would designate a special compartment that houses the good, the bad, the ugly and even the painful memories inside the resounding walls of our cadet barracks, the cadet mess hall and everywhere else within the confines of Fort del Pilar.
Sobra-sobra na nga ang regulasyon pero walang tigil pa rin ang nangyayaring pagpupuslit ng produktong pang-agrikultura.
Nanawagan si Senador Ping Lacson nitong Martes sa Bureau of Customs na kumpletuhin na ang kanilang mga hakbang para i-automate ang kanilang sistema para matigil na ang korapsyon na nagbibigay daan sa smuggling.
“Ang legitimate, overregulated. Ang illegal, walang regulation” ani Lacson sa pagdinig ng Senate Committee of the Whole hinggil sa isyu.
“Why are you killing your fellow Filipinos? Gusto nyo mawalan ng hanapbuhay ang kababayan natin sa La Trinidad?”
Kinuwestyon ni Senador Ping Lacson nitong Martes ang Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) sa ilalim ng Department of Agriculture dahil sa pagpayag ng ahensya na mag-import ng strawberries mula Korea.
Ipinarating din ni Lacson ang mga hinaing ng mga magsasaka sa La Trinidad kung saan maaari anila na makapasok ang mga peste at ibang sakit sa pananim dahil sa pagdating ng mga strawberries mula sa Korea.
“Why are you killing your fellow Filipinos? Gusto nyo mawalan ng hanapbuhay ang kababayan natin sa La Trinidad (Do you want our farmers in La Trinidad to lose their livelihood)?”
Sen. Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson directed this question Tuesday at the Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) for allowing the “invasion” or importation of Korean strawberries into the country, at the expense of strawberry farmers in La Trinidad.
Lacson also echoed the concerns of the La Trinidad farmers that the entry of strawberries from Korea may also introduce pests and diseases that may affect Philippine agriculture.
DUMAGUETE CITY, Negros Oriental – There is no time to waste in exploring and harnessing the energy sources in our part of the West Philippine Sea.
On this note, Sen. Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson said he supports a joint venture with other countries in exploring and harnessing such energy sources, so long as they follow the 60-40 formula in the Philippine Constitution.
“I’m supportive of a joint exploration with any country, not necessarily China. We don’t have the wherewithal or technical expertise to explore oil,” the Partido Reporma standard-bearer said at a lunch with local government officials and local business leaders here.
Umani ng suporta ang matagal nang krusada ni Senador Ping Lacson na palakasin ang local government units (LGUs) sa pamamagitan ng kanyang panukala na Budget Reform Advocacy for Village Empowerment (BRAVE).
Halos 12 local chief executives mula sa mga siyudad ng Naga, Talisay at Carcar ang dumalo sa Online Kumustahan sa Naga City nitong Biyernes kung saan isinulong ni Lacson ang pagsisiguro na ang mga mungkahi na programa, aktibidad at proyekto (PAPs) ay manggagaling ss LGUs.
“All PAPs should emanate from the LGUs. Diyan dapat manggaling,” ani Lacson sa Online Kumustahan na ginanap sa Enan Chiong Activity Center sa Naga City na pinalakpakan at mainit na tinanggap ng attendees.
Sen. Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson has won support in his adoptive province of Cebu for his crusade to empower local government units (LGUs) to implement key development projects, through his Budget Reform Advocacy for Village Empowerment (BRAVE).
At least 12 local chief executives from Naga, Talisay and Carcar Cities attended the Online Kumustahan in Naga City last Friday, where Lacson pushed to institutionalize the practice of making sure that programs, activities and projects (PAPs) originate from the LGUs.
“All PAPs should emanate from the LGUs. Diyan dapat manggaling (The PAPs should come from the LGUs),” he said at the Online Kumustahan at the Enan Chiong Activity Center in Naga City, to loud applause from the audience.
On this note, Sen. Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson welcomed Thursday the ruling of the Supreme Court on the petitions lodged against the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020.
“Peace wins over terror. Yan ang maliwanag diyan (Peace wins over terror. That much is clear),” Lacson, who is running for President under Partido Reporma, said at the weekly LACSON-SOTTO “Meet the Press” forum.
Good morning and welcome to the public hearing of the Sub-Committee of the Senate Committee on Public Services on Senate Bill No. 2322 or “An Act Providing for the Administrative Reform and Reorganization of the Philippine Coast Guard, Revising for the Purpose Republic Act No. 9993, otherwise known as the “Philippine Coast Guard Law of 2009,” authored by Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III.
We also take into consideration Senate Bill No. 2265 for the institutionalization of the PCG Auxiliary, authored by Sen. Richard Gordon; and Senate Bill No. 1112, which aims to establish the PCG Academy, authored by Sen. Imee Marcos.
The PCG traces its roots from the Bureau of Coast Guard and Transportation created in 1901 during the American Occupation. Mas matanda pa ito sa DND and the AFP, kasi created ito by virtue of Commonwealth Act No. 1, last Dec. 21, 1935.
Hindi lang isa o dalawa kundi tatlo: national security, food security, at economic security.
Ito ang mga aspeto ng seguridad sa bansa na naaapektuhan ng patuloy na panghihimasok ng China sa ating territorial waters sa West Philippines Sea, ayon kay Senador Ping Lacson nitong Lunes.
“More often than not, we only think of national security when we hear of China’s encroachment into our territorial waters. It’s actually much more than that… It has a great effect not only on our national security because that much is obvious – but our food security and our economic security are greatly affected,” ani Lacson sa pagdinig sa panukalang batas hinggil sa isyu ng WPS.
Not one or two, but three: national security, food security, and economic security.
These are the aspects of Philippine security that continue to be hit by China’s continued encroachment into our territorial waters in the West Philippine Sea, Sen. Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson said Monday.
“More often than not, we only think of national security when we hear of China’s encroachment into our territorial waters. It’s actually much more than that… It has a great effect not only on our national security because that much is obvious – but our food security and our economic security are greatly affected,” Lacson said at the hearing on proposed legislation on the WPS issue.
GENERAL TRIAS CITY, Cavite – Ituloy ang pagbabantay.
Ito ang mensahe ni Senador Ping Lacson sa kanyang mga senatorial bets – ang maging masigasig at mapanuring bantay ng kaban ng bayan kung saan nakilala si Lacson sa kanyang matagal na panunungkulan bilang senador.
Ayon kay Lacson, sa panahon ngayon pinakaimportante na masiguro na nagagamit nang tama ang kaban ng bayan lalo na’t nasa kalagitnaan pa rin tayo ng pandemya na nakakaapekto sa ating ekonomiya at lumolobong utang ng bansa na aabot na sa P13.42 trillion sa Hunyo 2022.
With these words, Sen. Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson passed to his senatorial bets the torch of being the watchdog of the national budget – a title he earned during his Senate days.
Lacson said the task of making sure the public’s funds are used properly has never become more important as now, with a pandemic affecting the economy and a national debt threatening to reach P13.42 trillion by June 2022.
Marami tayong magagaling na marino pero tila isang balintuna na ang mga barko na ginagamit nila ay luma na.
Dahil dito, nangako si Senador Ping Lacson na magbibigay siya ng tulong sa mga Pilipinong marino at sa lokal na shipping industry para masiguro na ligtas at di outdated ang mga barko na ginagamit nila.
Ayon kay Lacson na tumatayong presidential standard-bearer ng Partido Reporma, nais nyang magkaroon ng streamlining ng mga tungkulin ng ahensya na nakatuon sa maritime affairs para matulungan ang industriya.
Kung may “pressure” mang naramdaman ang dating admin officer ng Pharmally Pharmaceuticals Corp. na si Krizle Mago nang humarap siya sa Senado noong Setyembre, ito ay para sabihin ang katotohanan at hindi magsinungaling.
Pinabulaanan ni Senador Ping Lacson nitong Biyernes ang pahayag ni Mago na siya ay na-“intimidate” o tila napilit na sabihing damay ang ibang opisyal ng Pharmally sa pag-uutos na pekein ang expired labels sa mga face shield.
“Na-pressure siyang magsabi ng totoo. Hindi siya na-pressure mag-lie if at all totoong na-pressure siya. She was very calm and sabi ninyo kanina, unaided lahat,” ani Lacson matapos kwestyunin si Mago sa pagdinig ng Blue Ribbon Committee sa iregularidad sa procurement ng medical supplies para sa pag responde sa pandemya.
If former Pharmally Pharmaceuticals Corp. admin officer Krizle Mago was indeed pressured during her appearance before the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee last Sept. 24 as she claims, she was pressured to tell the truth, and not to lie.
Sen. Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson thus disproved Friday Mago’s claim that she was “intimidated” into implicating Pharmally officials in instructing a warehouseman to tamper with “expired” labels on face shields.
“Na-pressure siyang magsabi ng totoo. Hindi siya na-pressure mag-lie if at all totoong na-pressure siya. She was very calm and sabi ninyo kanina, unaided lahat (If she was pressured at all, she was pressured to tell the truth and not to lie. She was very calm and her testimony was unaided),” Lacson said after questioning Mago at the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on irregularities in the procurement of medical supplies to deal with the pandemic.