Tag: Bagong Senado

Speech at the Senate’s Flag-Raising Ceremony

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On my way here this morning, I kept thinking: What if the Senate, let’s say the senators, didn’t have you? No secretariat, no staff, no employee, no rank-and-file, just us 24 senators? You know what, I stopped thinking, because it is simply unthinkable.  Continue reading “Speech at the Senate’s Flag-Raising Ceremony”

📰 Bagong bahay, dignidad ng Senado [Journal]


From Journal Online: Mas praktikal ang magpagawa (ang mga senador) ng panibago nilang gusali, kaysa ipa-renovate pa ang kasalukuyang Senate building na aabutin din ng bilyong piso.  Continue reading “📰 Bagong bahay, dignidad ng Senado [Journal]”

Interview on DZBB | June 6, 2018

In an interview on DZBB, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
– Bagong Senado
– need for a ‘designated survivor’

Quotes from the interview…  Continue reading “Interview on DZBB | June 6, 2018”

Facts vs ‘Basta!’

I based my figure (PHP4.58 billion project cost as submitted by AECOM) on facts; Mr. Tiglao based his on opinion, and said “Basta” with an exclamation point. Pray tell me if it’s worth arguing with him.

For the longest time, the Senate has been renting the use of its building from the Government Service Insurance System, and its parking lot from the Social Security System. For nearly 20 years, it has been paying rental fees worth P127 million per year or P2.24 billion.

Thus, the cost of our lease payments have become enough to construct a permanent, iconic home for the Senate.

More importantly, this project is not for me or any member of the present Senate in the 17th Congress, but for the future generations of legislators and the Filipino people, just like the other iconic landmarks built by our forefathers that continue to symbolize our culture.



On the allegations made by Bobi Tiglao

With all due respect to Mr. Bobi Tiglao, he got his info wrong. One major consideration why AECOM won over Henning Larsen, their nearest competitor, and the three other finalists is their project cost which is the lowest at P4.58 billion (if I remember correctly).

Anyway, the P127-million-per-year rental that the Senate is paying GSIS for a subpar legislative building is our main reason for finding a need to look for a new and permanent home.

Having said that, several attempts were made to find a permanent home for the Senate in the past 18 years. It’s only now, after my colleagues tasked me in an adopted resolution as Accounts Committee Chair to make it happen.

I am one who makes sure to accomplish a task assigned to me. That has always been my training and I will not back down unless my colleagues tell me in another resolution to stop pursuing the same.


Read: Senate Resolution 748, Confirming the Winner of the Global Conceptual Design Competition for the new Senate Building

“Finding a home that the Senate of the Philippines can call its own has long been a standing dream of this institution, and plans of relocating and constructing a permanent Senate building has been proposed and considered as far back as the year 2000 during the Senate Presidency of Senator Aquilino ‘Nene’ Pimentel Jr.”

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Bagong Senado: Confirmation of the Global Conceptual Design Winner

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Sen. Lacson’s Speech on the Global Conceptual Design Winner for the Senate’s New Home

Mr. President, distinguished colleagues, good afternoon. When we formally started the talks on the relocation of the Senate building, many have had their doubts if we can really translate this vision into reality.

Sponsorship Speech on the Senate’s Relocation
At a Glance: The Process of the Senate’s Relocation

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Update on the Senate’s Relocation | May 21, 2018

Mr. President, distinguished colleagues, as the chairman of your Committee on Accounts, I have the honor and privilege to give you an account of our progress on the construction and relocation of the new home for the Philippine Senate, as articulated in Senate Resolution No. 293 filed by Senator Sherwin Gatchalian and adopted by this august chamber on November 21, 2017.

Sponsorship Speech on the Senate’s Relocation
At a Glance: The Process of the Senate’s Relocation
Update on the Senate’s Relocation as of March 20, 2018

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Kapihan sa Senado forum | May 3, 2018

At the Kapihan sa Senado forum, Sen. Lacson answers questions on:
– Ombudsman’s resolution on P6.4B shabu shipment
– PDEA’s releasing of narco list
– Assessment of the government’s anti-drug war
– Charter change and shift to federalism
– CJ Sereno’s impeachment
– PH-Kuwait ties
– Blue Ribbon committee issues
– Senate transfer
– Senate leadership change

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Quotes from the interview…
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📰 Senate to move to Fort Bonifacio in Taguig by 2021 — Lacson [Manila Bulletin]


From the Manila Bulletin: Senator Panfilo Lacson said the Senate may move to its new home in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City by January 2021.

Updating colleagues on the Senate relocation
At a Glance: The process of the Senate’s relocation
Sponsorship speech on the Senate’s relocation

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