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At the Confirmation Hearing of DBM Sec. Wendel Avisado

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At the Commission on Appointments, Sen. Lacson supported the confirmation of Wendel Avisado as Department of Budget and Management Secretary.

Sen. Lacson urged Sec. Avisado to continue budget reforms at the DBM. “(President Duterte) cannot do it without your input and wise counsel. Please continue what you started,” he said.

Earlier, Sen. Lacson thanked Avisado for requiring agencies to obtain certifications from Regional Development Councils before including their projects in the national budget. “This is a step in the right direction that we must follow,” he said.

He also lauded the DBM for withholding at least P80B in congressional realignments at the expense of the “Build, Build, Build” flagship program.

On Constitutional Concerns Regarding the Senate Hearing on ABS-CBN’s Franchise

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Speaker Cayetano may have a point since the Constitution provides that bills of local application like franchise measures must originate from the House of Representatives.

He is wrong in equating it to the Charter change issue, though, since as practiced and for expediency, we conduct committee hearings on tax and budget measures even before the House transmits its approved version of the bill to the Senate.

What can be considered blatantly violative of the Constitution is if the Senate committee chairperson reports out on the floor for plenary debates the committee report. This is something we have not done and will never do.

Having said that, what I understand to be tackled by the Public Services Committee are not the bills in connection with the ABS-CBN franchise but a filed resolution to conduct an inquiry in aid of legislation on the alleged violations of ABS-CBN that is being questioned by the Office of the Solicitor General before the Supreme Court via a quo warranto petition in which I have earlier expressed reservation out of courtesy to a co-equal branch that has already given due course to the said petition.

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πŸ“° Lacson’s budget bill to benefit Baguio, LGUs [SunStar Baguio]

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From SunStar Baguio: Senator Panfilo Lacson assured that Baguio City and all local government units in the country will benefit from the Budget Reform for Village Empowerment (BRAVE) Act he filed in the Senate.

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#PingSays: ‘Shared’ House Speakership; Death Penalty Bill; Sen. Bato | July 9, 2019

In an interview, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
possible effects of a ‘shared’ House Speakership
– possible ‘pork’ in the budget,Β amending the 1987 Constitution
– Senate’s continued independence even with ‘the President’s men’
– passage of death penalty bill
– Sen dela Rosa’s ‘S*** happens’ statement

Quotes from the interview…
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PingBills | Ping: Publiko, Isali Na sa Pagbusisi sa Pambansang Badyet

Kung isasali ang publiko sa pagsusuri ng mga miyembro ng Mataas at Mababang Kapulungan ng Kongreso sa paghubog ng pambansang gastusin ng pamahalaan taun-taon, mas mahirapang makakalusot ang tangkang pagpapakasasa sa kaban ng bayan ng mga mambabatas na makakapal ang mukha.

Malinaw itong nakasaad sa Senate Bill 24 na inihain ni Senador Panfilo Lacson, kung saan ay pinapahintulutan ang publiko na makapanood nang personal at makasali sa talakayan ng mga mambabatas sa pambansang badyet mula sa komite hanggang sa bicameral conference committee.

β€œNow is the time for Congress to recognize the importance of the direct participation by people’s organizations and non-government organizations in the budget deliberation,” paliwanag ni Lacson sa kanyang panukala.

Dapat din ma-institutionalize ang legislature-civil society collaboration “to achieve a people-oriented budget as well as establish transparency and accountability in the budget process,” dagdag ni Lacson.

Related: PingBills | Preventing Pork: Lacson Bill Encourages Public Participation in Budget Process
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PingBills | Preventing Pork: Lacson Bill Encourages Public Participation in Budget Process

To keep greedy parties from inserting β€œpork” into the national budget, Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson has filed a bill institutionalizing the direct participation of taxpayers in the budget process.

Senate Bill 24, the β€œPeople’s Participation in the National Budget Process Act of 2019,” provides privileges and incentives for accredited groups that take part in the budgeting process.

β€œNow is the time for Congress to recognize the importance of the direct participation by people’s organizations and non-government organizations in the budget deliberation,” Lacson, an avowed enemy of the pork barrel system, said in his bill.

Related: PingBills | Ping: Publiko, Isali Na sa Pagbusisi sa Pambansang Badyet
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Interview on DWIZ: On Chinese Vessel Sinking PH Boat; Sen-elect Bong Go’s Help vs ‘Pork’ | June 15, 2019

In an interview on DWIZ, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
– sinking of a Philippine fishing boat by a Chinese vessel
– corruption at PhilHealth
– Sen-elect Bong Go’s potential help vs pork

Quotes from the interview…
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Ping, Gumalaw Na Para Mabusisi Rin ng Publiko ang Pambansang Badyet

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Senate Bill 2219 discourages ‘pork’ insertions by getting the public directly involved in the preparation of the national budget.

Mas maraming mata, mas madaling mabibisto ang tangkang pangungupit ng mga makakapal ang mukhang mambabatas na nais magpakasasa sa kaban ng bayan.

Ito ang pangunahing adhikain ng Senate Bill 2219 na inihain ni Senador Panfilo M. Lacson, na nagpapahintulot sa publiko na makapanood nang personal at makasali sa talakayan ng mga mambabatas sa pambansang badyet.

Layunin ng panukala na magkaroon ng karapatan ang publiko na malaman ang ginagawa ng mambabatas sa badyet mula sa komite ng Senado at Kamara hanggang sa bicameral conference committee.

“Now is the time for Congress to recognize the importance of the direct participation by people’s organizations and non-government organizations in the budget deliberation,” paliwanag ni Lacson sa kanyang panukala.

“We should institutionalize the practice of legislature-civil society collaboration in order to achieve a people-oriented budget as well as establish transparency and accountability in the budget process,” dagdag ng mambabatas.

Related: Stronger Safeguard vs Pork: Lacson Bill Encourages Public to Help Guard Budget Process
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Stronger Safeguard vs Pork: Lacson Bill Encourages Public to Help Guard Budget Process

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Senate Bill 2219 discourages ‘pork’ insertions by getting the public directly involved in the preparation of the national budget.

Taxpayers themselves will soon serve as the biggest safeguard against pork barrel being sneaked into the national budget, with a bill filed by Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson.

Senate Bill 2219 institutionalizes the direct participation of people’s organizations and non-government organizations in the preparation of the spending bill.

“Now is the time for Congress to recognize the importance of the direct participation by people’s organizations and non-government organizations in the budget deliberation,” Lacson said in his bill.

“We should institutionalize the practice of legislature-civil society collaboration in order to achieve a people-oriented budget as well as establish transparency and accountability in the budget process,” he added.

Related: Ping, Gumalaw Na Para Mabusisi Rin ng Publiko ang Pambansang Badyet
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#PingSays: On pork in the 2019 budget | Dec. 3, 2018

In an interview, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
– pork in the House version of the 2019 budget
– calls for legalization of marijuana

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