NAGA CITY, Cebu – Walang gas at logistics? Walang problema.
Ganitong mindset ang pinairal ng batang lieutenant colonel noon na si Panfilo “Ping” Lacson para resolbahin ang krimen sa Cebu nang pinamunuan niya ang Cebu Metropolitan District Command (MetroDisCom) mula 1989 hanggang 1992.
Nag-utos sya na magkaroon ng foot patrols na naging susi sa pagpapababa ng krimen hindi lamang sa Cebu City kundi pati na rin sa Mandaue at Lapu-Lapu. Kalaunan ay nagsilbi si Lacson bilang hepe ng Philippine National Police mula 1999 hanggang 2001.
NAGA CITY, Cebu – No gas? No logistics? No problem.
With this mindset, a young lieutenant colonel named Panfilo “Ping” Lacson solved the crime problem in this province when he headed the Cebu Metropolitan District Command (MetroDisCom) from 1989 to 1992.
Lacson, who eventually went on to head the Philippine National Police from 1999 to 2001, said he ordered foot patrols that turned out to be the key to bringing down crime rates not only in Cebu City but also in Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu Cities.
Bago pa man ikonsidera ang pag-aarmas sa mga civilian “volunteers” para maawat ang paglaganap ng krimen, dapat ipakita muna ng Philippine National Police (PNP) na kaya nitong protektahan ang publiko, ayon kay Senador Panfilo Lacson.
Ayon kay Lacson na namuno sa PNP taong 1999 hanggang 2001, dapat maging mas mahigpit ang PNP sa pag-isyu ng Permits to Carry Firearms Outside Residences (PTCFORs) sa mga sibliyan kabilang na ang mga senador, kongresman at iba pang matataas na opisyal ng pamahalaan.
“The PNP should make it a point first to show that it is efficient, professional, and competent to protect civilians on the streets from malefactors – including those with unlicensed guns and irresponsible gun holders that make them a threat – before it issues PTCFORs to deputize civilian ‘volunteers’ as force multipliers,” paliwanag ni Lacson sa panayam ng Teleradyo.
“Otherwise, the public would wonder if the PNP is that helpless to ask for help from civilians,” dagdag ng mambabatas. “Besides, we do not want guns to end up with those prone to road rage and similar incidents.”
Before entertaining thoughts of arming civilian “volunteers” to help stop criminality, the Philippine National Police (PNP) should focus on showing it can protect them, Senator and former PNP Chief Panfilo M. Lacson said.
Lacson also reiterated the PNP must be stricter especially in issuing Permits to Carry Firearms Outside Residences (PTCFORs) to civilians including senators, congressmen and other ranking government officials.
“The PNP should make it a point first to show that it is efficient, professional, and competent to protect civilians on the streets from malefactors – including those with unlicensed guns and irresponsible gun holders that make them a threat – before it issues PTCFORs to deputize civilian ‘volunteers’ as force multipliers,” Lacson, who headed the PNP from 1999 to 2001, said in an interview on TeleRadyo.
“Otherwise, the public would wonder if the PNP is that helpless to ask for help from civilians,” he added. “Besides, we do not want guns to end up with those prone to road rage and similar incidents.”
Mas istrikto na panuntunan sa pagpapahintulot sa pagdadala ng baril sa labas ng tahanan o maaring pagkansela sa Permits to Carry Firearms Outside Residences (PTCFORs) ang mas epektibong solusyon sa patuloy na paglaganap ng krimen, kumpara sa pag-armas ng sibilyan.
Ito ang iginiit ni Senador at dating Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Panfilo Lacson matapos na lumutang ang ideyang pag-aarmas sa mga sibilyan laban sa mga kriminal.
Ayon kay Lacson na namuno sa PNP mula 1999 hanggang 2001, magbubunsod lamang ng karagdagang krimen kung pag-armasin ang ilang sibilyan partikular na ang tinaguriang anti-crime “volunteers.”
“Arming civilians to fight criminality could backfire, especially if they don’t have the proper training and mindset. In the United States, there have been so many fatal shootings due to loose firearm laws,” paliwanag ni Lacson sa isang media forum sa Maynila.
Stricter gun control measures by the Philippine National Police, including the more stringent issuance or even suspension of Permits to Carry Firearms Outside Residences (PTCFORs), would be a better solution to stopping criminality than arming civilians, Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson said Sunday.
Lacson, who headed the PNP from 1999 to 2001, warned that the prospect of issuing firearms to anti-crime “volunteers” to help enforce the law may result in even more crime, especially if this is abused.
“Arming civilians to fight criminality could backfire, especially if they don’t have the proper training and mindset. In the United States, there have been so many fatal shootings due to loose firearm laws,” he said at a forum in Manila.
“The shooting incidents involving policemen not on duty – such as Jonel Nuezca in December 2020, and Hensie Zinampan earlier this year – should serve as a valuable lesson to us. That is why I had suggested as a policy recommendation that policemen should turn in their issued firearms to their units’ armorer or supply officer when on off-duty status, and should not be issued PTCFORs while still in the active service. If our law enforcers who are supposed to be trained are prone to lapses, how much more in the case of untrained civilians?” Lacson added.
In both formal and informal occasions, I often stress that this is the point in my life where I certainly have more yesterdays than tomorrows. I tell you, as I gaze into my ‘yesterdays,’ I cannot help but realize how much has really changed in every aspect of our lives.
Let me share with you — in the late 1950s, when I was a young elementary student in a sleepy town of Imus, Cavite, I had a vivid memory of a lone policeman we simply referred to as “Kabo.”
He was a highly esteemed and respected man assigned to keep peace and order in our almost obscure barangay called Barrio Bayanluma then.
Even during the 2016 presidential campaign, when he persistently pitched for a six-month deadline to solve the drug problem in the country, I already pointed out it was impossible. It remains as impossible as saying he can stop crime.
After two years, it may be wise and prudent for his top advisers to go back to the drawing board and reassess what they did wrong and what they are doing right, not only in the fight against crime and corruption, which is the centerpiece of the Duterte administration’s deliverables, but in the economic sector as well.
For one, the peace-and-order strategy is long on crime suppression and short on prevention. It should be the other way around. We prevent crimes, and those that cannot be prevented from being committed must be suppressed with solid solution through efficient investigative work and techniques.
On the revenue side, the TRAIN law needs to be revisited and amended, and the President, with all his strong influence over Congress, must put his foot down on vested interests of some members of both houses.
On the expenditure side, a.k.a. the General Appropriations Act, the same influence is suggested to minimize wastage of the government’s hard-earned resources by strictly adhering to the existing jurisprudence outlawing pork barrel, which is still evident among selected members of Congress, a few of whom enjoyed as high as nine-figure insertions during the last two budget years under the Duterte administration.
“(T)he Philippines is just about one of the very few countries in the whole wide world na walang National ID system. Parang napaka-primitive natin in that regard.” – Sen. Lacson, at the first Senate hearing on the National ID system, Dec. 4, 2017
I believe it’s time for the President to become multi-dimensional, not later, but starting New Year’s Day. Anyway, the anti-drug war is being addressed with more than enough vigor by our law enforcement agencies, particularly the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, the Philippine National Police, and the National Bureau of Investigation. He can still be the driving force behind the scene.
Corruption in government is one area where he can really make a difference, owing to his political will and resoluteness in getting things done. Once corruption is eradicated, many great things can happen to our country as a matter of course.
He could very well be the best president we’ve ever had if he learns to discard some old habits of a mayor and develop some good traits of a national leader. For a start, he can “Google” how to become a real statesman.
The bottom line for me is, I want him to succeed because like him and most Filipinos, I also love my country. There may not be a better gift that my and the president’s generation can bequeath to the next generation than a proud Filipino nation worthy of respect from all the other countries in the world. Singapore sans dictatorial rule should serve as a good role model for him to follow.
Mr. President, fellow members of this august chamber, I have the honor to report on the Senate floor Senate Bill No. 1239 entitled “An Act Amending Sec. 35 B (4) of Republic Act No. 6975, Otherwise Known as “An Act Establishing the Philippine National Police Under A Reorganized Department of the Interior and Local Government, And For Other Purposes,” as embodied in Committee Report No. 10, in substitution of Senate Bill No. 1052.
Mr. President, fellow members of this august chamber, I have the honor to report on the Senate floor Senate Bill No. 1210, entitled “An Act Expanding the Scope and Coverage of Republic Act No. 4200, otherwise known as an Act to Prohibit and Penalize Wire Tapping and other Related Violations of the Privacy of Communication, and for Other Purposes,” as embodied in Committee Report No. 4, in substitution of Senate Bills 21, 48, 871 and 950.
The Philippine National Police’s investigative capability may get a major boost from a bill filed by its former chief, now Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson: the restoration of its power to subpoena people and documents for investigation.
Senate Bill 1052 seeks to strengthen the PNP’s Criminal Investigation Unit (now the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group) by restoring its authority to issue subpoena by amending Republic Act 6975, the act establishing the PNP.
“Under the present law, the CIU (now CIDG) is mandated to undertake the monitoring, investigation and prosecution of all crimes involving economic sabotage, and other crimes of such magnitude and extent as to indicate their commission by highly-placed or professional criminal syndicates and organizations. Hence, it is somewhat contradicting that the primary investigative unit does not possess the power to issue administrative subpoenas for the conduct of their mandated duties,” Lacson said of the bill, which has been referred to the Senate committee on public order and illegal drugs.
Ibabalik ang kapangyarihan ng Philippine National Police (PNP) na makapag-isyu ng subpoena sa mga tao at mga dokumentong kinakailangan para sa mga isinasagawang imbestigasyon.
Ito ang pangunahing layunin ng Senate Bill 1052 na iniakda at inihain ni Senador at dating PNP Chief Panfilo Lacson sa hangaring magkaroon ng mas mataas na kredibilidad ang resulta ng mga imbestigasyong isinasagawa ng ahensiya.
Sa ilalim ng panukala ni Lacson, partikular na binibigyan ng kapangyarihan na makapag-isyu ng subpoena ay ang Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG).
With the growing popularity of smart mobile devices such as phones, tablets and watches comes the risk of text-based and online scams, some of which may allow an attacker to steal a user’s identity and commit crimes in his or her name.
To fight this, Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson filed a bill requiring the registration of prepaid subscriber identity modules (SIMs) dubbed the “Prepaid Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) Cards Regulations Act of 2016.”
“Possession of the most modern technology comes with tremendous responsibility. A mechanism must be put in place to ensure its effective use for the good of all while preventing its illegal or malicious use to benefit a few. Towards this end, the State shall regulate the use and sale of pre-paid SIM cards for users of cellular phones and other mobile devices only to persons who shall comply with the requirements herein set forth,” Lacson said in Senate Bill 252.
Ganitong uri ng patakaran ang ipapatupad ng pamahalaan sa sandaling maisabatas na ang panukalang inihain ni Senador Panfilo Lacson tungkol sa paghihigpit sa pagbibenta ng prepaid subscriber identity module (SIM) card sa publiko.
Pangunahing layunin ng Senate Bill 252 na tinaguriang Prepaid Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) Cards Regulations Act of 2016, na sugpuin ang krimen at mga kabulastugang nagaganap gamit ang mga gadgets gaya ng mga cellular phones at iba pang mga kauri nito.
Philippine law enforcers may soon have more teeth against dangerous crimes like drugs, money-laundering and coups, with a bill filed by Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson allowing wiretaps against those involved in such cases.
Lacson’s Senate Bill 48 seeks to amend Republic Act 4200 to include certain crimes where wiretapping may be deemed lawful under certain circumstances.
“(W)iretapping, 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.
Dapat na i-wiretap ng mga awtoridad ang mga linya ng komunikasyon ng mga indibiduwal o grupong sangkot sa ilegal na droga, money laundering at pagpapatalsik sa pamahalaan upang ang mga ito ay madaling mausig at mapanagot sa batas.
Ito ang pangunahing layunin ni Senador at dating Philippine National Police Chief Panfilo Lacson sa paghahain ng Senate Bill 48 na naglalayong amyendahan ang Republic Act 4200 o ang Anti-Wiretapping Law para baguhin ang mga probisyon tungkol sa mga binabantayan na kalaban ng lipunan at mga awtoridad.
“(W)iretapping, 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,” paliwanag ni Lacson sa kanyang panukala.
The public may soon have an easier time transacting with the Philippine government with the establishment of a National Reference System, as provided for in Senate Bill 41, filed by Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson.
Lacson noted it is becoming growingly impractical for a person to remember various numbers issued by government agencies, such as tax identification, student, passport, and government and social security numbers.
Also, Lacson – who headed the Philippine National Police from 1999 to 2001 – said a National Reference System can help government law enforcers deter criminality and terrorism by facilitating the processes of apprehension and prosecution.
Kung isang identification card (ID) na lamang buhat sa pamahalaan ang ibibigay sa publiko, laking ginhawa ang tatamasahin ng mga ito sa pakikipagtransaksiyon sa iba’t ibang mga ahensiya, pampubliko man o pribado.
Ito ang pangunahing adhikain ni Senador Panfilo Lacson sa pagsusulong ng Senate Bill 41 na natutungkol sa paglikha ng National Reference System na nagsusulong na pag-isahin na lamang ang mga ID na iniisyu ng pamahalaan.
Paliwanag ng mambabatas sa kanyang panukala, napakahirap umano para sa isang mamamayang Filipino na isaulo ang mga numero ng iba’t ibang ID na iniisyu ng pamahalaan kaya’t natural lamang babagal ang proseso at transaksiyon ng mga ito.
Speech before the Question Mark Club, Hagonoy, Bulacan
This is my first time to come to Hagonoy to deliver a speech after last year’s elections. I am greatly honored.
Hagonoy has become the home of titans. One of them is my esteemed mentor at the Senate, the Honorable BIas Ople. He has taught me a lot. I have yet a lot to learn from his vast wealth of experience and intelligence. I hope to ripen into a statesman of his stature someday.
Speech Before Government Association of Certified Public Accountants
First of all, I would like to thank all of you – most specially National President TITO NABUA – for your very kind invitation. I welcome your hand in my new work as Senator. And you can count on my help, too.
This is my first time to address your Association. I am profoundly grateful. And if you plan to invite me again next year, I am now accepting in advance your invitation.
Speech at PNP Night tendered by the Manila Overseas Press Club Manila Hotel Ballroom
This is the first time I am given the privilege to address the prestigious Manila Overseas Press Club. This privilege comes on my ninth month as Chief of the Philippine National Police. Hence, I have chosen to deal on what we have been doing so far. I hope to touch also on some problems confronting the PNP.
What exactly are the responsibilities of the policeman and policewoman, regardless of rank, position and place of duty? These are three. One, to prevent crime together with the community. Two, to solve crime according to the mandates of our Criminal Justice System. Three, and while doing both, to live a simple, decent, and dignified life both as a person and as a professional.
These responsibilities are demanded by the nature of the police service. They are, in fact, the highest expectations by the Filipino people. Interestingly, our people have also made known the priorities that PNP should take. One, stopping illegal drugs. Two, breaking up organized, syndicated crime. Three, cleansing the police.
Let me first dispose of these three priorities in the minds and hearts of our people.