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Sen. Lacson Chairs the 2019 Budget Hearings for the CHR and PLLO

Sen. Lacson chaired the Senate budget hearings for the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office and the Commission on Human Rights. At the hearing, he voiced support for the CHR’s efforts to set up 3 regional offices, and to make human rights transformational. “Stay relevant, stay focused and be more objective,” he advised the CHR.

Sen. Lacson Chairs the 2019 Budget Hearings for the PDEA and DDB

Sen. Lacson chairs the Senate hearing for the 2019 budgets of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and Dangerous Drugs Board.ย  Video courtesy: Senate of the Philippines.

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At a Glance: Questions Raised by Sen. Lacson in the DPWH Budget for 2019

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Tens of billions of pesos in Filipino taxpayers’ money may have been lost due to the implementation of road projects without first settling issues such as right-of-way and slope protection.

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Interview on DZMM | Aug. 17, 2018

In an interview on DZMM, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
– Possible pork in the 2019 budget
– SB 1898, transferring police recruits’ training to PNP

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๐Ÿ“ฐ Ping: Pork runs into hundreds of billions [Inquirer]

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From the Inquirer:ย โ€œIf you think pork has left, no it hasnโ€™t left,โ€ย said the senator, who renounced pork years ago. Continue reading “๐Ÿ“ฐ Ping: Pork runs into hundreds of billions [Inquirer]”

Interview at the #MeetInquirer multimedia forum | Aug. 16, 2018

At the #MeetInquirer multimedia forum, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
– ‘Hybrid’ budget
– National ID
– President Duterte’s reported thinking of stepping down
– Addressing the problems at BOC
– Pork barrel system
– PDEA’s need to refocus anti-drug strategy
– Sen. Tito Sotto as Senate President
– Political scene 2022

* video courtesy Inquirer.net Facebook page

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#PingSays: On the 2019 budget impasse, and President Duterte’s reported thoughts of ‘stepping down’| Aug. 15, 2018

In an interview, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
– the 2019 budget impasse
– President Duterte’s reported thoughts about stepping down or resigning

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#PingTweets: On the 2019 national budget standoff

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๐Ÿ“ฐ Back to โ€˜happy pork barrel daysโ€™ if proposed P3.757-T GAA not checked โ€” Lacson [Manila Bulletin]

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From the Manila Bulletin:ย โ€˜โ€™If not checked, we will be back to the happy โ€˜pork barrelโ€™ days of legislators in spite of the Supreme Court ruling outlawing the same,โ€™โ€™ Lacson said.ย  Continue reading “๐Ÿ“ฐ Back to โ€˜happy pork barrel daysโ€™ if proposed P3.757-T GAA not checked โ€” Lacson [Manila Bulletin]”

Guarding Against ‘Pork’ in the 2019 Budget

With the policy statement issued by Speaker Arroyo concerning all the congressmen’s earmarks for their respective districts, expect a massive mangling of the National Expenditure Program (NEP).

If not checked, we will be back to the happy ‘pork barrel’ days of legislators in spite of the Supreme Court ruling outlawing the same.

Worse, all the planning involved in the preparation of the national budget will be rendered inutile to the detriment of the medium development plan of the national government, as well as the local development plans submitted by the local government units (LGUs).

I hope some like-minded colleagues in the Senate will also work overtime, as I am determined to do, in scrutinizing the House version of the appropriations bill to expose and slice whatever โ€œporkโ€ there is in whatever form and no matter how deeply hidden, with the end in view of preventing the return of this malevolent practice now declared unconstitutional with finality by the Supreme Court.

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