Lacson Bill Seeks to Privatize Pagcor Casinos

The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) may have to give up its operation of casinos, if a bill filed by Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson is passed into law.

Senate Bill 1471 aims to address Pagcor’s “conflicting” roles of regulating and operating gambling casinos by having the agency focus on regulating the industry and giving up its role as operator of such establishments.

“In order to promote a level playing field in the gambling industry and avoid conflict of interests, Pagcor should cede its role as operator of all gambling and gaming activities. Through such manner, it can focus and put premium to its regulatory authority, which is its governmental role,” Lacson said in his bill.

Related: Lacson bill: PAGCOR out na sa operasyon ng mga casino

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Lacson Bill: PCSO Patitibayin pa sa Pagtulong sa Mahihirap

Ibayo pang kapangyarihan para makapag-impok ng pondong pantulong sa mga mahihirap na mamamayan sa bansa ang nakatakdang matamasa ng Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) sa ilalim ng panukalang isinulong ni Senador Panfilo Lacson.

Batay sa nilalaman ng Senate Bill 1470 na inihain ni Lacson, magiging pangunahing mandato na ng PCSO ang pangangalap ng pondo para sa pangmedikal na alalay sa mga mahihirap na mamamayan ng bansa kaya paiiksin na rin ang pangalan ng ahensiya.

Mula sa umiiral na PCSO, tatanggalin na ang salitang “sweepstakes” kung kaya’t sa ilalim ng panukala, ang ahensiya ay tatagurian nang Philippine Charity Office (PCO) dahil sa nabanggit na prayoridad nito.

Related: PCSO gets new name, much-needed charter update vs graft via Lacson bill

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PCSO Gets New Name, Much-Needed Charter Update vs Graft via Lacson Bill

After being mired in irregularities in past years, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office may get a much-needed update in its charter to help it keep up with new variations of lotteries and make it more accountable.

Senate Bill 1470, filed by Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson, also gives the agency – whose present charter dates way back to 1954 – a new name: the Philippine Charity Office.

“The provisions in this bill allow the PCSO Charter to adapt to the changing system of and emerging variations of lotteries and similar activities. The bill also seeks to strengthen the Charter by one, making the PCSO more accountable to the public; and two, limiting its discretion in the distribution of its funds,” Lacson said.

Related: Lacson bill: PCSO patitibayin pa sa pagtulong sa mahihirap

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Sponsorship Speech for Committee Report 77

(for Senate Bill 909, An Act Increasing the Penalties for Other Illegal Gambling Activities)

Mr. President, distinguished colleagues, I have the honor to report on the floor Senate Bill 909, authored by Hon. Sherwin Gatchalian and co-authored by the Hon. Joel Villanueva, entitled An Act Increasing the Penalties for Other Illegal Gambling Activities, amending for the Purpose RA 9287 entitled An Act Increasing the Penalties for Illegal Numbers Games, amending certain provisions of PD 1602 and for Other Purposes as embodied in Committee Report 77.

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Sponsorship Speech for the Committee Report on the Claims of SPO3 Arturo Lascañas

Mr. President, fellow members of this august chamber, I have the honor to report on the Senate floor the result of the inquiry, in aid of legislation, conducted by the Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs on the Privilege Speech of Sen. Antonio F. Trillanes IV regarding the public confession of retired SPO3 Arturo Lascañas on the existence of the Davao Death Squad (DDS), as embodied in Committee Report No. 97.

Mr. President, one night in September 2015, an ailing man while undergoing dialysis in a hospital in Davao City, dreamt that the devil was inside his room. The dream seemed so real, he even had flashbacks on certain incidents of his life, particularly the times when he killed people. He recalled calling the name of Jesus and made a promise to serve His will from thereon. Thereafter, he found himself saved by a child-like image appearing from a bright light. He then woke up from his dream and became a renewed man. That was the story of the spiritual awakening of Mr. Arturo Lascañas.

More than a year later, or on October 3, 2016, the same man was summoned by the Senate committee on justice and human rights to testify under oath as to the alleged existence of and the President’s participation and involvement in the Davao Death Squad (DDS). Before proceeding, he took an oath before everyone present in this very hall and in front of the entire nation, invoking the name of God to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

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Ping: Publiko, Obligasyon na Bantayan ang P9-T Proyektong Imprastraktura

Related: Lacson: Guard vs possible graft in implementation of P9-T infra program

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Lacson: Guard vs Possible Graft in Implementation of P9-T Infra Program

Related: Ping: Publiko obligasyon na bantayan ang P9-T proyektong imprastraktura

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Speech Before the Rotary Club of Makati Central

Delivered at the New World Hotel, Makati City

Italian poet Cesare Pavese said, and I wish to paraphrase: “Men do not tend to remember days. They remember moments.”

Every time we look back to stories of the past, we cannot always tell specifically what happened “before” and “after,” what really transpired in between, who did what, and why. However, if we recall every important event in our lives – those that were so crucial and transformative – we can easily single out one very striking episode and say:  that moment changed everything.

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On the Decision of the Administration Not to Accept the Billion-Peso Grant from EU

It only shows a significant shift in the country’s foreign policy under the Duterte administration, which is apparently a declaration of independence from the influence of the west, i.e. US and EU, who are using grants and trade as the proverbial stick and carrot.

It also speaks volumes about the President’s determined position to stand up against the traditional patrons of former colonies like the Philippines.

I am not ready to say this early if this is the right direction of our foreign policy. Only time can tell if it will do our country right or not, or if it is all worth giving a chance to be tested.

If only we do not have a territorial dispute with China, it is easier to concede that it is all worth the gamble.

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