Tag: anti-drug war

Interview on CNN Philippines: Thwarting Pork in the 2020 Budget | Nov. 19, 2019

In an interview on CNN Philippines, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
– thwarting ‘pork’ in the proposed 2020 budget
– role of VP Robredo in anti-drug war

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Sponsoring the 2020 Budgets of the DDB and PDEA

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Sen. Lacson sponsored the proposed PhP553.661-million budget of the Dangerous Drugs Board. The proposed 2020 budget of the DDB is lower than the 2019 budget due to, among other factors, the non-recurring funding for the nationwide survey on the extent of drug abuse in the Philippines.

Lacson also sponsored the PhP2.480-billion budget of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, higher than the current year’s budget.

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On the VP’s Acceptance of the Challenge to Handle the Anti-Drug Campaign

Kudos to Vice President Robredo. I take my hat off to her for accepting the daunting challenge. Nobody in this world cannot be incapable of accomplishing a task as long as he or she puts his or her mind and conscience into the job.

Experience counts but sincerity and mental honesty, not to mention the willingness to learn, should count more. We should all give her the support she needs to contribute her share in battling this pestering problem of illegal drugs that destroys lives, families and the youth to whom we will bequeath the future of our beloved country.

In my case, I am ready and willing to humbly share whatever modest law enforcement experience I gained in my previous life.

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On the President’s Offer/Challenge to the VP to Handle the Anti-Drug Campaign

Only the President can wield sufficient authority and power over our law enforcement officials. Unless he delegates a blanket authority, including the power to hire and fire, no one else in the government bureaucracy can do it better than the Chief Executive under any other given circumstances.

Having said that, the President is easily peeved when his administration’s top priorities – such as eliminating illegal drugs and corruption, which he used as his campaign platform – become the subject of criticisms.

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Interview on DZBB: Baloyo Pa More; Gen. Albayalde’s Fate | Oct. 6, 2019

In an interview on DZBB, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
โ€“ continued drug recycling by P/Maj Baloyo’s ‘colleagues’ who are still out there
โ€“ fate of Chief PNP Albayalde and race for his successor
โ€“ generals reportedly involved in drug trade

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How to Stop Drug Recycling? Sen. Lacson Chairs the 2020 Budget Hearings of PDEA, DDB

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Sen. Lacson chaired the resumption of the hearing on the 2020 budget of the PDEA and DDB, where the problem of recycling of seized illegal drugs was taken up. Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta and Court Administrator Midas Marquez attended the hearing, upon the Senate’s investigation.

Sen. Lacson cited the problem raised by the PDEA in the previous budget hearing. “Right now, whatโ€™s stocked in the warehouse of PDEA is P22B worth of different kinds of drugs. We donโ€™t know because the problem exists as PDEA claims, they have to wait for a court order before they can finally destroy the drugs confiscated. Weโ€™d like to find out anong magandang gawin para di ma-recycle ang drugs on account of stocking.”

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‘Body Cams vs Drug Recycling’: Sen. Lacson Chairs the 2020 Budget Hearings for PDEA and DDB

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At the hearings for the budgets of theย Philippine Drug Enforcement Agencyย and theย Dangerous Drugs Boardย for 2020, Sen. Lacson stressed the need for preemptive action against the recycling of seized illegal drugs, after learning the extent of the problem. “We have to find a resolution to this festering issue. Social menace ito, di lang law enforcement problem. If we have P22 billion worth of drugs seized, P20 billion of which is shabu and as far back as 9 years ago we really have a serious problem.”

In an interview with media after the hearing, Sen. Lacson also cited other preventive measures such as joint operations, and closer coordination with the judiciary in destroying illegal drugs seized as evidence.

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On the Release of Convicted Drug Lords via GCTA

It is the biggest irony that while the government has spent so much time, energy and resources to build up intelligence, gather evidence leading to the arrest of big-time drug traffickers especially Chinese drug lords, then spend more to prosecute and convict those arrested and charged, here is Faeldon and whoever else was responsible, by the stroke of their pens, would release at least 48 drug convicts out of the 1,914 heinous crime convicts under questionable circumstances.

If the President does not take drastic action on this latest caper of an official who was recycled in spite of questionable actions committed in his previous assignment like the P6.4-billion shabu smuggling that got away under mysterious circumstances, on top of the organized โ€œtaraโ€ on smuggled goods, we should start thinking if there is seriousness in this administrationโ€™s much-touted war against drugs and corruption midway into his six-year term.

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Interviews on DWIZ: Remedies to GCTA Law; Who Signed Release Papers for Chiong Case Convicts? | Aug. 31, 2019

In interviews on DWIZ, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
– possible legislative remedies to the GCTA law
irony of the release of convicted drug lords via GCTA amid anti-drug war
– the woman who signed the release papers for Chiong case convicts
– ‘Designated Survivor’ bill

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Interview on DZBB: National Dignity in UN-HRC Resolution and WPS Issues | July 14, 2019

In an interview on DZBB, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
โ€“ national dignity factor in UN-HRC resolution on killings
โ€“ ‘double standard’ in UN, WPS issues?
โ€“ reported claim that VP Robredo’s stand on UN-HRC resolution is a ground for impeachment

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