Tag: Anti-corruption

📰 Editorial: Bank secrecy exemption [Philippine Star]

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From The Philippine Star: As long as there are sectors pushing for a genuine anti-corruption campaign, proponents of the reform must not lose hope.

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PingBills | Ping: Presidente, Gov’t Officials Ekis na sa Bank Secrecy Law

Papayagan na ang awtoridad na silipin ang mga bank accounts ng mga matataas na opisyal ng pamahalaan, kabilang na ang Pangulo, sa oras na maisabatas ang panukalang inihain ni Senador Panfilo Lacson.

Layunin ng Senate Bill 26 na amyendahan ang ilang nilalaman ng Republic Act 1405 o ang Bank Secrecy Law bunga na rin ng pagiging “madamot” nito sa publiko kaugnay sa mga detalye ng bank accounts ng mga mga opisyal at kawani ng pamahalaan.

Ang bahaging nagbabawal sa mga bangko na isiwalat ang mga bank accounts ng mga opisyal, halal man o itinalaga, at mga kawani ng pamahalaan ang nais ni Lacson na mabago batay sa nilalaman ng kanyang panukala.

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

Related: PingBills | Ping: Presidente, Gov’t Officials Ekis na sa Bank Secrecy Law
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Interview on DZBB/GMA News TV: WPS Issue a Matter of Nationalism | June 30, 2019

In an interview on DZBB/GMA News TV, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
– Nationalism amid West Philippine Sea row
– On possibly bigger graft case at PhilHealth
– Corruption at the Bureau of Customs

Quotes from the interview…
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Tugon sa Tangkang Pagtatakip ni ‘Atty’ Gonzalo Duque sa Usaping Conflict of Interest

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Abogado pa naman siya. Pakisaksak sa baga niya the following provision of RA 6713 (Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials), para magkaalaman kung sino ang tanga or nagtatanga-tangahan:

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Sec. 7., Prohibited Acts and TransactionsIn addition to acts and omissions of public officials and employees now prescribed in the Constitution and existing laws, the following shall constitute prohibited acts and transactions of any public official and employee and are hereby declared to be unlawful:

(a) Financial and material interest. – Public officials and employees shall not, directly or indirectly, have any financial or material interest in any transaction requiring the approval of their office.

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Ayan. Ang sabi ng batas, directly or INDIRECTLY.

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Related: Read: PhilHealth’s Contract to Rent a Building Owned by DOH Sec. Duque’s Family

Read: PhilHealth’s Contract to Rent a Building Owned by DOH Sec. Duque’s Family

The Philippine Insurance Health Corp. (PhilHealth)’s Regional Office 1 in Dagupan City is leasing a building owned by the family of PhilHealth board chairman and Health Secretary Francisco Duque III.

If this is not conflict of interest, I don’t know what is. Building mo, naka-contract of lease ka, and that is a family corporation,” said Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson, who disclosed the contents of the contract, at the Kapihan sa Senado forum on June 19, 2019.

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Interview on DZBB: PhilHealth Row and Universal Health Care | June 16, 2019

In an interview on DZBB, Sen. Lacson answered questions on the PhilHealth row, including:
– possible implications on the government’s Universal Health Care program
– how the NBI is handling the case
– how the National ID system can help stop fraudulent health claims
– how the public can help prevent a repeat of the mess

Quotes from the interview…
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📰 Special Report: Wasteful projects traced to kickbacks [Inquirer]

From the Inquirer: According to Sen. Panfilo Lacson, one of the new manifestations of pork in the budget (is) where contractors shortchange taxpayers by using low-grade materials for infrastructure projects, while gifting agency officials and lawmakers with huge commissions in exchange for the contracts.

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