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.