PingBills | Nowhere to Hide: Lacson Bill Removes Bank Secrecy Act Protection for Gov’t Officials, Employees

Government officials and employees who enrich themselves while in office will now have a harder time hiding their ill-gotten wealth, with a bill filed by Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson excluding all public servants from the Bank Secrecy Law.

Lacson’s Senate Bill 26 strips public servants of the “protection” from Republic Act 1405, which prohibits disclosure or inquiry into bank deposits as a general rule.

He noted the Bank Secrecy Act’s provision prohibiting the disclosure of or inquiry to bank deposits has frequently been exploited to “hamper and stall investigations” of government officials and employees suspected of enriching themselves while in public office.

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PingBills | Ping: Pag Prepaid SIM Cards Rehistrado, Sigurado Walang Makapanloloko

Kapag rehistrado ang SIM card ng mobile device ng isang tao, hindi niya ito basta-bastang magagamit sa paggawa ng krimen at ibang ilegal na aktibidad, lalo na ang panloloko sa kapwa para magkapera lamang.

Ito ang pangunahing nilalaman ng Senate Bill 25 o “Prepaid Subscriber Identity Module Cards Regulations Act of 2019” na inihain ni Senador Panfilo Lacson.

Kabilang sa mga layunin ng Senate Bill 25 ang sugpuin ang krimen at mga kabulastugang nagaganap gamit ang mga mobile gadgets gaya ng cellular phones, sa harap na rin ng katotohanan na nahihirapan ang mga awtoridad na ma-monitor at makontrol ang nagaganap na abuso sa mga makabagong teknolohiya ng komunikasyon.

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PingBills | To Stop ‘Tapon-SIM’ Scams, Crimes: Lacson Files Bill Requiring Prepaid SIM Card Registration

A bill by Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson may finally help stop online scams and so-called “Tapon-SIM” crimes where criminals use prepaid SIM cards that can be disposed of to throw law enforcers off their trail.

Senate Bill 25, dubbed the “Prepaid Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) Cards Regulations Act of 2019,” requires the registration of prepaid SIM cards to prevent their illegal or malicious use.

“Not only is this prepaid SIM card easily accessible, i.e., it can be bought almost anywhere, the owners thereof can likewise easily evade detection since prepaid SIM cards are virtually undetectable. Due to this, unscrupulous individuals almost always take advantage of the same in the pursuit of their criminal activities to the detriment not only of a particular interest but that of the whole nation,” Lacson, who as a law enforcer had fought kidnap-for-ransom gangs that used such ‘Tapon-SIM’ tactics, said in his bill.

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PingBills | Ping: Publiko, Isali Na sa Pagbusisi sa Pambansang Badyet

Kung isasali ang publiko sa pagsusuri ng mga miyembro ng Mataas at Mababang Kapulungan ng Kongreso sa paghubog ng pambansang gastusin ng pamahalaan taun-taon, mas mahirapang makakalusot ang tangkang pagpapakasasa sa kaban ng bayan ng mga mambabatas na makakapal ang mukha.

Malinaw itong nakasaad sa Senate Bill 24 na inihain ni Senador Panfilo Lacson, kung saan ay pinapahintulutan ang publiko na makapanood nang personal at makasali sa talakayan ng mga mambabatas sa pambansang badyet mula sa komite hanggang sa bicameral conference committee.

“Now is the time for Congress to recognize the importance of the direct participation by people’s organizations and non-government organizations in the budget deliberation,” paliwanag ni Lacson sa kanyang panukala.

Dapat din ma-institutionalize ang legislature-civil society collaboration “to achieve a people-oriented budget as well as establish transparency and accountability in the budget process,” dagdag ni Lacson.

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PingBills | Preventing Pork: Lacson Bill Encourages Public Participation in Budget Process

To keep greedy parties from inserting “pork” into the national budget, Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson has filed a bill institutionalizing the direct participation of taxpayers in the budget process.

Senate Bill 24, the “People’s Participation in the National Budget Process Act of 2019,” provides privileges and incentives for accredited groups that take part in the budgeting process.

“Now is the time for Congress to recognize the importance of the direct participation by people’s organizations and non-government organizations in the budget deliberation,” Lacson, an avowed enemy of the pork barrel system, said in his bill.

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On the Reported Verbal Agreement Allowing CN Fishermen in PH EEZ

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A verbal agreement between President Duterte and President Xi is what it is – a verbal agreement. Is that verbal agreement already part of our national policy? Is it being carried out? It is my humble view that it is not. Why? There is no showing that the Department of Foreign Affairs as well as the Department of National Defense are implementing that so-called verbal agreement.

In fact, on occasion, the two frontline agencies have expressed different views. Having said that, we will be better off to just leave it at that.

Maybe our problem is, we have a spokesman who talks more than he should. He telegraphs every move and every plan that the executive has on issues that need a little diligence and study.

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PingBills | BRAVE Bill ni Ping, Rektahan ang Pagbigay ng Pondo sa LGUs

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Rektang pagkakaloob sa mga lokal na pamahalaan ang pondo para sa kanilang proyektong pampamayanan. Ito ang pangunahing nilalaman ng Senate Bill 23 o ang proposed Budget Reform for Village Empowerment (BRAVE) Act of 2019 na isinulong ni Senador Panfilo Lacson.

Ito ang nakikitang solusyon ng mambabatas upang matapos na ang mistulang pamamalimos ng mga pinuno ng LGU mula sa mga malalayong lalawigan at bayan sa mga tanggapan ng mga senador at kongresista, at maging sa mga sangay ng pamahalaan, para lamang maambunan ng pondo ang kanilang mga proyekto.

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PingBills | Lacson’s BRAVE Bill Empowers LGUs to Achieve Inclusive Growth

Local government units will soon get much-needed funding for their key development projects with the proposed Budget Reform for Village Empowerment (BRAVE) Act of 2019 filed by Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson.

Senate Bill 23 guarantees an annual Local Development Fund to help LGUs in provinces, cities, towns and barangays implement their three-year Comprehensive Development Plans.

Under the bill, a LDF for financing development projects, activities and programs will be given to:

* Provinces: P500 million to P1 billion per year
* Cities: P100 to P200 million each per year
* Towns/municipalities: P50 to P100 million each per year
* Barangays: P3 to P5 million each per year

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PingBills | Ping: Mga Sangkot sa Droga, Money Launderers, Nagbabalak Mag-Kudeta, I-Wiretap Na!

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Maaari nang i-wiretap ang komunikasyon ng mga sangkot sa krimen tulad ng droga at money laundering, at sa mga nagnanais patalsikin ang pamahalaan.

Ito ang pangunahing hangad ng muling pagsasampa ni Senador Panfilo Lacson ng panukalang Anti-Wiretapping Law.

Sa pagsasampa ng Senate Bill 22 na naglalayong amyendahan ang 54-taon nang Republic Act 4200, ipinunto ni Lacson na kailangan nang mas palawakin ang kapangyarihan ng mga alagad ng batas sa pagmanman laban sa mga kriminal.

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PingBills | Lacson Bill Updates, Expands Anti-Wiretapping Law

A bill filed by Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson will give law enforcers more teeth against dangerous crimes like drugs, money-laundering and coups, by allowing wiretaps against those involved in such cases.

Senate Bill 22, which seeks to amend and update the 54-year-old Republic Act 4200, also contains provisions protecting people’s right to privacy.

“With the following exceptions, wiretapping, though limited in its applications, has been an effective tool by our law enforcement agencies against criminal elements who have wreaked havoc, instability and lack of equanimity in our country to the detriment of many of our peace-loving citizens. Unfortunately, there are still certain crimes that are not covered under the said exceptional cases, which put not only the lives and property of our people in paramount danger, but also pose a grave threat to our nation’s security. The peace-and-order situation in the country gives testament to this fact and thus, it is imperative for us to revisit RA 4200 in order to further enhance its effectiveness,” he said.

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