Tag: Anti-corruption

Interview on DZBB: PhilHealth Mafia, Revisiting Anti-Graft Laws | Aug. 15, 2019

In an interview on DZBB, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
– PhilHealth mafia and related irregularities
– revisiting existing anti-graft laws

Quotes from the interview…
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📰 Lacson to Duterte: Insatiable greed starts with simple, petty graft [Inquirer]

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From the Inquirer: Lacson also cautioned that greed could be “more addicting” than drugs, and that no rehabilitation facility available to cure addiction to money.

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PhilWealth and Department of Wealth

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Mr. President, I stand before you on a matter of personal and collective privilege.

During his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA), we heard President Rodrigo Roa Duterte loud and clear:

“You are free to investigate. I don’t take offense. If there is anything wrong in my department, the executive, you are free to investigate. Feel free to expose anything….”

In all of my years as a public servant and as a member of this revered institution, I have been unflinching in my fight against corruption and wrongdoings, blowing the lid off anomalous activities in the government – from the money-laundering scheme by one Jose Pidal; the diversion of P728 million in fertilizer funds engineered by one Jocjoc Bolante; Comelec Commissioner Virgilo Garcillano’s “Hello, Garci” tapes; the botched $329-million contract between the Philippine government and China’s ZTE for a national broadband network project; the “chopper scam” where secondhand helicopters were sold as brand-new to the Philippine National Police; the “Tara List” or Payola in the Bureau of Customs; and the cholesterol-rich pork barrel, to name a few.

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PingBills | Senate Bill 248, Whistleblower Act of 2019

“This proposed legislation seeks to encourage whistleblowers to come out in the open and put an end to the corrupt practices of some government officials or employees. At the same time, it aims to strengthen the present machinery in ensuring the full protection and security of these brave witnesses against any form of retaliation or ostracism, and establish a rewards-and-benefits system in order to ensure the livelihood and welfare of these whistleblowers.”

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📰 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

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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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