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On the DBM Chief’s Possible Recommendation for a Special Session on the 2019 Budget

Mr. President, Iโ€™m not interpellating on the budget of the Offce of the President. This is just a very quick manifestation and Iโ€™d like to take advantage of the presence of Executive Secretary Medialdea. I would like to issue an appeal to him not to endorse the anticipated recommendation of Secretary of DBM Ben Diokno to call for a special session.

Because looking at the schedule, Mr. President, after this agency, the Office of the President, we still have to tackle some big ones. Department of Tourism, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Justice โ€“ at least the Bureau of Immigration, Commission on Audit, Comelec, Ombudsman, DOH, DND, DILG. And even if the President calls for a special session, even if we extend our session for another five days, for another week, it is impossible, Mr. President, for us to enact the budget bill before the year ends.

So Iโ€™d like to again reiterate of course with the concurrence of this body, Iโ€™d like to make that appeal. Quoting Jesus Christ: โ€˜the Spirit is willing but the flesh is weak,โ€™ Mr. President.

Thank you Mr. President, and may we have the commitment of the Executive Secretary… that he will not endorse and he will block, as a matter of fact, Mr. President?

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Interpellation of the DILG budget for 2019

Some P16 billion in โ€œporkโ€ lump sums will now be available for โ€œurgentโ€ items in the proposed P3.7-trillion budget for 2019, after Sen. Lacson moved for this Tuesday evening.

Lacson: P9 Billion in โ€˜Porkโ€™ Lump Sum Now Available for Urgent Items in 2019 Budget

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At least P9 billion in โ€œporkโ€ lump sums will now be available for โ€œurgentโ€ items in the proposed P3.7-trillion budget for 2019, after Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson moved for this Tuesday evening.

The P9 billion represents the increase in the Assistance to Local Government Unit (ALGU), after the proposed national budget went through the House of Representatives.

โ€œYung P9 billion, baka pwede ma-realign natin to other items in the budget,โ€ Lacson said during his interpellation of the budget of the Department of Interior and Local Government for the coming year.

He pointed out the DILG did not propose the additional P9 billion for the ALGU, nor had a role in evaluating it. Continue reading “Lacson: P9 Billion in โ€˜Porkโ€™ Lump Sum Now Available for Urgent Items in 2019 Budget”

Interpellation of the 2019 national budget: Possible ‘pork’ in ALGU fund

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In his continuing interpellation of the 2019 budget’s general principles, Sen. Lacson questioned the possible pork in the Assistance to LGUs Fund.

Related: At a Glance: ‘Pork’ in the Assistance to LGUs (ALGU) Fund
Quotes from the interpellation…
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At the Hearing on the Budget of the DILG for 2019

At the Senate hearing on the budget of the DILG for 2019, Sen. Lacson called for a stop to the shameful racket involving ‘overpriced’ fire extinguishers. He also said the DILG has a big role to play in ending the pork barrel system and the dole-out mentality.

#PingSays: Senators’ unity vs pork, ‘M-I-A’ mayors, Bato in politics | Sept. 19, 2018

In an interview, Sen. Lacson answers questions on:
– pork in the 2019 budget
– fate of ‘missing-in-action’ mayors in Ompong-hit areas
– Bato dela Rosa’s prospective entry into politics

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Sponsorship Speech: Committee Report on Senate Bill 1898 (Transferring Police Recruits’ Training to PNP)

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Mr. President, at the outset, let me state here and now: there is something unique in this piece of legislation. There are two most unlikely people in the world to become one and united in pushing for its immediate passage: Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, the principal author; and President Rodrigo Duterte, who personally conveyed through the Senate President, Sen. Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, and the chairman of the House Committee on Public Order, Rep. Romeo Acop, that I give priority in sponsoring this measure. For a moment Mr. President, I toyed with the idea to have this picture PhotoShopped parang magka-holding hands sila, pero baka pareho sila magalit at mademanda pa ako.

It may be worth mentioning that Congressman Acop agreed to adopt the Senate version once we approve it on third reading.

For these reasons and more, it may be enough to just go through the motion of having this bill approved on second reading the soonest possible time.

Related:ย At a Glance: Senate Bill 1898, Placing the Training of Police Recruits Under the PNP
Continue reading “Sponsorship Speech: Committee Report on Senate Bill 1898 (Transferring Police Recruits’ Training to PNP)”

Read: Senate Bill 1869, An Act Providing for the Rank Classification in the PNP

Senate Bill 1869, which amends Section 28 of RA 6975, aims to eliminate public confusion on PNP terminologies and to bring the police force closer to the populace.

Furthermore, this bill seeks to promote interoperability between police officers and equivalent military officers in the field, which in turn could enhance joint PNP-AFP internal security operations, counter-terrorism operation, and operations against threats to national security.

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๐Ÿ“ฐ New ‘Racket’ in Boracay: Local execs exploiting โ€˜no ID, no entryโ€™ policy? [Panay News]

From Panay News: Sen. Lacson said his information is based on the “spontaneous reaction of a friend who was being told he should cough up P400,000 for IDs that he was requesting for his staff and employees based and housed in Boracay.” Continue reading “๐Ÿ“ฐ New ‘Racket’ in Boracay: Local execs exploiting โ€˜no ID, no entryโ€™ policy? [Panay News]”

Counter-intelligence at entrapment, tugon sa Boracay ‘raket’

“Trabaho ng DILG yan mag-counter-intelligence sila roon. Kung kinakailangan, magsagawa sila ng entrapment operation.” – Sen. Lacson on the reported ‘racket’ of some barangay officials asking hefty sums for non-residents’ IDs in Boracay

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Related:
Ping exposes scam in Boracay ID issuance
Beautiful Boracay threatened by ‘ugly’ extortion