Tag: 2019 budget

Sen. Lacson Chairs the 2019 Budget Hearing for the DND

Sen. Lacson chaired the Senate hearing for the 2019 budget of the Department of National Defense and its attached agencies.

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#PingSays: Senators’ unity vs pork, ‘M-I-A’ mayors, Bato in politics | Sept. 19, 2018

In an interview, Sen. Lacson answers questions on:
– pork in the 2019 budget
– fate of ‘missing-in-action’ mayors in Ompong-hit areas
– Bato dela Rosa’s prospective entry into politics

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Sen. Lacson Chairs the 2019 Budget Hearings for ARMM, OPAPP, MinDA, SPDA and NCMF

Sen. Lacson chaired the Senate budget hearings for:
– Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao
– Mindanao Development Authority
– Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process
– Southern Philippines Development Authority
– National Commission on Muslim Filipinos

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Interview on DZRH | Sept. 18, 2018

In an interview on DZRH, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
– traces of pork in the 2019 budget
– vicious cycle of the pork barrel system
– ‘improvements’ in the DPWH’s procedures due to anti-pork efforts

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Sen. Lacson Chairs the 2019 Budget Hearings for the CHR and PLLO

Sen. Lacson chaired the Senate budget hearings for the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office and the Commission on Human Rights. At the hearing, he voiced support for the CHR’s efforts to set up 3 regional offices, and to make human rights transformational. “Stay relevant, stay focused and be more objective,” he advised the CHR.

At a Glance: Questions Raised by Sen. Lacson in the DPWH Budget for 2019

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Tens of billions of pesos in Filipino taxpayers’ money may have been lost due to the implementation of road projects without first settling issues such as right-of-way and slope protection.

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At the Hearing on the Budget of the DPWH for 2019

At the Senate hearing on the budget of the DPWH for 2019, Sen. Lacson noted tens of billions of pesos in taxpayers’ money may have been wasted on road projects whose implementation was suspended due to right-of-way issues.

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Interview on DWIZ | Sept. 1, 2018

In an interview on DWIZ, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
– theΒ Isulan bombing and Senate Bill 1956 (Anti-Terrorism Act of 2018)
– pork in the proposed 2019 national budget
– need for government to shift its attention to the economy
– President Duterte’s recent strong statements against possible abuses by China
– timetable of Senate relocation

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#PingSays: On the 2019 budget impasse, and President Duterte’s reported thoughts of ‘stepping down’| Aug. 15, 2018

In an interview, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
– the 2019 budget impasse
– President Duterte’s reported thoughts about stepping down or resigning

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Guarding Against ‘Pork’ in the 2019 Budget

With the policy statement issued by Speaker Arroyo concerning all the congressmen’s earmarks for their respective districts, expect a massive mangling of the National Expenditure Program (NEP).

If not checked, we will be back to the happy ‘pork barrel’ days of legislators in spite of the Supreme Court ruling outlawing the same.

Worse, all the planning involved in the preparation of the national budget will be rendered inutile to the detriment of the medium development plan of the national government, as well as the local development plans submitted by the local government units (LGUs).

I hope some like-minded colleagues in the Senate will also work overtime, as I am determined to do, in scrutinizing the House version of the appropriations bill to expose and slice whatever β€œpork” there is in whatever form and no matter how deeply hidden, with the end in view of preventing the return of this malevolent practice now declared unconstitutional with finality by the Supreme Court.

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