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On the Appointment of Ret. Gen. Jose Faustino Jr.

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Having capped his career as the AFP Chief of Staff easily qualifies Gen. Faustino as the next Secretary of National Defense in November, in consideration of the one-year ban on the appointment of newly retired AFP officers under RA 11709.

My objection to his appointment earlier as a 3-star general being the Commanding General of the Philippine Army had nothing to do with his competence but his disqualification due to the prohibition under Presidential Decree 1638, having less than one year before retirement.

Only the Chief of Staff, AFP is exempted from such ban.

I remember making a commitment to SND Lorenzana then that even if Faustino was on floating status and appointed Chief of Staff, I would not object to his confirmation as 4-star general and even move for his confirmation in the Commission on Appointments as a member of the Senate panel, which I did.

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Batas na Tutuldukan ang ‘Revolving-Door Policy’ ng AFP, Isa sa Mga Legacy ni Ping sa AFP, DND

Sen. Ping Lacson upholds professionalism in the AFP.

Ang bagong batas na nagtatakda ng “fixed terms” para sa Chief of Staff at ibang matataas na opisyal ng Armed Forces of the Philippines ay isa sa mga legacy ni Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson sa ating military at defense establishment.

Isninulong ni Lacson noong Setyembre bilang chairman ng Senate Committee on National Defense and Security ang Senate Bill 2376, na kasama ang House Bill 10521 ay naging basehan ng Republic Act 11709 na pinirmahan ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte.

“Finally, we will see an end to the revolving-door policy in the AFP. The leaders of our AFP will have the opportunity to implement their legacy programs instead of staying in office too briefly,” ani Lacson, na nagsilbi sa Philippine Constabulary ng 20 taon matapos mag-graduate sa Philippine Military Academy noong 1971.

Related: Law Ending ‘Revolving-Door Policy’ Caps Lacson Legacies to AFP, DND
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Law Ending ‘Revolving-Door Policy’ Caps Lacson Legacies to AFP, DND

Sen. Ping Lacson upholds professionalism in the AFP.

A new law prescribing fixed terms for the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Chief of Staff and senior officers will cap the key legacies of Sen. Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson to the military and defense establishment.

Lacson, who chairs the Senate Committee on National Defense and Security, pushed last September Senate Bill 2376, which with House Bill 10521 forms the basis of what President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law as Republic Act 11709.

“Finally, we will see an end to the revolving-door policy in the AFP. The leaders of our AFP will have the opportunity to implement their legacy programs instead of staying in office too briefly,” said Lacson, who upon graduating from the Philippine Military Academy in 1971 served in the Philippine Constabulary until 1991.

Related: Batas na Tutuldukan ang ‘Revolving-Door Policy’ ng AFP, Isa sa Mga Legacy ni Ping sa AFP, DND
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Ping, Kinwestiyon ang Panukalang Paglipat ng P35B ng AFP Modernization Fund sa SPF

Kinuwestyon ni Senador Panfilo Lacson nitong Biyernes ang panukala ng Department of National Defense (DND) na ilipat ang P35 bilyon mula sa regular budget ng Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) papunta sa Special Purpose Fund (SPF).

Ayon kay Lacson, ang pondong ililipat sa SPF ay magiging “lump sum” na maaaari lamang i-release kapag inaprubahan ng Pangulo.

“You are proposing that P35 billion be transferred from the regular budget to the SPF. Why is that? The SPF is used to augment the regular budget and is released only upon approval of the President. Bakit inaalis nyo sa regular budget?” tanong ni Lacson kay DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana sa pagdinig ng Senado sa panukalang badyet ng DND para sa 2022.

Related: Lacson Questions Proposed Transfer of P35B in AFP Modernization Fund to SPF
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Lacson Questions Proposed Transfer of P35B in AFP Modernization Fund to SPF

Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson on Friday questioned a proposal of the Department of National Defense (DND) to transfer at least P35 billion from the regular budget of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to the Special Purpose Fund (SPF).

Lacson said such a transfer to the SPF effectively turns the amount into a “lump sum” that will be released only upon the approval of the President.

“You are proposing that P35 billion be transferred from the regular budget to the SPF. Why is that? The SPF is used to augment the regular budget and is released only upon approval of the President. Bakit inaalis nyo sa regular budget (Why do you want to remove it from the regular budget)?” he asked DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana at the Senate committee hearing on the DND’s proposed budget for 2022.

Related: Ping, Kinwestiyon ang Panukalang Paglipat ng P35B ng AFP Modernization Fund sa SPF

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On Defunding the NTF-ELCAC

Since 2016, I have been defending the budget of the Department of National Defense (DND) and all its attached agencies. Last year, I stubbornly fought to retain the P16.5-billion anti-insurgency fund of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) for 2021, arguing that it was intended for development programs, activities and projects in areas that had been cleared of the presence of the New People’s Army (NPA), and not for armed anti-insurgency operations.

Early this year, the Senate approved in plenary my Committee’s recommendations on the red-tagging issue – including the immediate relief of Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr. as spokesperson of NTF-ELCAC, not only because his civilian position is violative of the Constitution. He has in fact, on many occasions, become a “liability” to the overall efforts of the government, as well as the government’s position on the pending 37 petitions against the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 before the Supreme Court, mainly due to his careless remarks and flawed interpretation of certain provisions of the law.

Unfortunately, the DND has openly ignored the Senate in that regard. Thus, I am not sure if I will still defend their budget this year with the same tenacity as I did the previous years – especially if the NTF-ELCAC spokesperson continues to threaten to affect its mission with uncalled-for statements.

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Ping: Pagpapawalambisa sa UP-DND Accord, Puwede Ipagpaliban

May mga pangyayari na puwedeng pagbatayan para ipagpaliban muna ang pagpapawalambisa sa 1989 UP-DND Accord.

Ayon kay Senador Panfilo Lacson, ang listahan ng mga estudyante ng University of the Philippines na diumano’y naging miyembro ng New People’s Army (NPA) at napatay sa pakikipagsagupaan sa militar ay isa sa mga pangyayaring dapat na tingnan.

“I think it is prudent now for Secretary Delfin Lorenzana to at least suspend the termination of the UP-DND accord and hold a dialogue as he already mentioned he would do,” paliwanag ni Lacson, chairman ng Senate Committee on National Defense and Security, sa panayam ng CNN Philippines.

Ayon sa mambabatas, lumalabas na base sa maling impormasyon ang naging basehan ng DND para i-terminate ang kasunduan, dahil ang mga nasa listahan nila na diumano’y nahuli o napatay ay buhay at malaya pa pala.

“They based their decision to terminate the UP-DND accord, signed way back, on what appears now to be false information. They included personalities that they said were captured or killed in action by the military, but turned out to be alive and not captured at all,” banggit ni Lacson.

Related: Lacson: Prudent to Suspend UP-DND Accord Termination
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Lacson: Prudent to Suspend UP-DND Accord Termination

Recent developments involving decisions based on “false” information may merit at least a suspension of the Department of National Defense’s decision to end its agreement with the University of the Philippines, Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson said Monday.

Lacson said this after DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana apologized for an “unpardonable gaffe” involving the military’s list of UP students supposedly recruited by the New People’s Army and killed or captured in clashes.

“I think it is prudent now for Secretary Delfin Lorenzana to at least suspend the termination of the UP-DND accord and hold a dialogue as he already mentioned he would do,” Lacson, who chairs the Senate Committee on National Defense and Security, said in an interview on CNN Philippines.

“They based their decision to terminate the UP-DND accord, signed way back, on what appears now to be false information. They included personalities that they said were captured or killed in action by the military, but turned out to be alive and not captured at all,” he added.

Related: Ping: Pagpapawalambisa sa UP-DND Accord, Puwede Ipagpaliban
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Ping: Panibagong ‘Pact’ sa UP at Security Sector, Dapat Buuin

Kailangan na magkaroon ng panibagong kasunduan ang University of The Philippines (UP) at security sector bunga ng pagkakapawalambisa sa kasunduan noong 1989 na nagbabawal sa pagpasok ng pulis at militar sa unibersidad nang walang coordination.

Ayon kay Senador Panfilo Lacson, chairman ng Senate Committee on National Defense, kailangang mapapanatili ang academic freedom sa loob ng “State U.”

“Once the pact is terminated, what will the security sector do? We don’t know that yet. Probably they could come to an agreement that there are boundaries to be observed,” banggit ni Lacson sa panayam ng ANC.

Related: Lacson: Boundaries Should be Observed after Ending of 1989 UP Pact
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Lacson: Boundaries Should be Observed after Ending of 1989 UP Pact

With the termination of a 1989 pact banning the entry of police and military forces without prior coordination, the security sector should come up with an agreement with the University of the Philippines on boundaries to be observed, Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson said Tuesday.

Lacson, who chairs the Senate Committee on National Defense, said this is to prevent the move from negatively affecting the culture of academic freedom in the state university.

“Once the pact is terminated, what will the security sector do? We don’t know that yet. Probably they could come to an agreement that there are boundaries to be observed,” Lacson said in an interview on ANC.

Related: Ping: Panibagong ‘Pact’ sa UP at Security Sector, Dapat Buuin
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#PINGterview: Enough Funds for COVID Vaccines in 2021 Budget

In an interview on CNN Philippines, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
* funds for COVID-19 vaccines in the 2021 budget
* more agencies with cuts in the 2021 budget

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Sponsoring the 2021 Budget of the Department of National Defense

Sen. Lacson sponsored the budget of the Department of National Defense for 2021, amounting to P215.705 billion. This includes P1.3B for the Government Arsenal, P139.7M for the National Defense College of the Philippines, P1.25B for the Office of Civil Defense, P842.4M for the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office, and P2.177B for the Veterans Memorial Medical Center; and P209B for the AFP.

Senate Committee Hearing on ‘Red-Tagging’

Sen. Lacson chaired the Senate hearing on red-tagging and red-baiting, as chairman of the Senate Committee on National Defense and Security, Peace, Unification, and Reconciliation.

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#PINGterview: Walang Pondo para sa COVID-19 Vaccine/Response sa 2021 kung Reenacted ang Budget

In an interview on DZBB/GMA News TV, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
* effect of reenacted budget on COVID-19 response in 2021
* connection between DPWH lump sums and delay of budget bill in the House of Representatives

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Senate Hearing on Disaster Management and Resilience

At the Senate hearing on disaster resilience and management, Sen. Lacson cited issues that should be addressed before the Senate can even consider coming up with a committee report creating an entirely new department to address disaster management. Lacson, who chaired the hearing, also stressed the need to shift disaster response and management from reactive to proactive.

During the hearing, Sen. Lacson also questioned where the unspent disaster funds in past years went, even as he stressed the need to allocate more government resources to research and development.

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Sponsoring the 2020 Budget of the Department of National Defense

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Sen. Lacson sponsored the proposed PhP191,340,253,000 budget of the Department of National Defense for 2020. The amount is about 4% of the 2020 budget. The key security strategy for 2018 indicated a minimum of 2% of the budget for the DND.

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AFP Modernization, West Philippine Sea Updates, and National Security: Sen. Lacson Chairs the 2020 Budget Hearing for the DND

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At the hearing on the 2020 budget of the Department of National Defense (DND), Sen. Lacson cited the need to revisit the AFP Modernization Program for the country to achieve its goal of a minimum credible defense posture, and asked if the DND should get compensation from telcos that set up facilities inside military camps.

Lacson also pushed for a sustainable long-term program that would provide for the pension requirements of uniformed personnel. He inquired about the status of a new infantry battalion that would fight terrorism and similar threats in the Mindanao area.

The DND is seeking a budget of P258.35 billion for 2020, including P119.118B for personnel services; P69.704B for pension; P40.701B for MOOE; and P28.831B for capital outlay.

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PingBills | Senate Bill 249, The National Defense Act of 2019

“Hence, this bill is envisioned to update national defense policies, principles and concepts, to institutionalize needed improvements and to codify various laws on national defense, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and the civilian bureaus, with the end in view of streamlining and further professionalizing our country’s defense department.”

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

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In the Spirit of Transparency: Lacson Details Institutional Amendments to 2019 Budget

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Citing the need for transparency, Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson has made public the details of the institutional amendments he proposed in the P3.7-trillion national budget for 2019.

Lacson expressed hope other proponents of amendments to the budget will do the same, to remove speculations that the bicameral conference committee is a venue for “horse trading” and compromises among legislators.

“In the spirit of transparency, I instructed my staff to make public all my amendments in the 2019 national budget. I hope all proponents will do the same to remove all suspicions that the bicameral conference is a venue for sneaky horse trading among legislators,” he said in a post on his Twitter account.

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List: Institutional Amendments Proposed by Sen. Lacson in the 2019 Budget
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#PingSays: On the 2019 budget and Sulu church bombing | Jan. 28, 2019

In an interview, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
– bicameral conference committee discussions on the 2019 budget
– Sulu church bombing

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Kontra-Terorismo: AFP Binuhusan ni Ping ng P4.7 Bilyon

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Sen. Lacson stresses a point during bicameral conference committee discussions on the 2019 national budget on Jan. 28, 2019.

Isinulong ni Senador Panfilo Lacson ang pag-ayuda sa Sandatahang Lakas ng Pilipinas kontra sa lumalalang terorismo sa pamamagitan ng paglaan ng halos P5 bilyon sa badyet nito sa kasalukuyang taon.

Sa kanyang pagdalo sa bicameral panel meeting para sa 2019 national budget, isiniwalat ni Lacson na ang P4.78 bilyon ay kanyang iminumungkahing ilaan para sa karagdagang Infantry Division ng Philippine Army.

“It is an institutional amendment that I introduced, for the activation of an infantry division as requested by the Department of National Defense (DND),” paliwanag ni Lacson sa harap ng mga kasamahang bumubuo sa bicameral panel ng budget.

Related: Lacson Pushes P4.78-B Institutional Amendment for Mindanao Infantry Unit
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Ping: Operasyon sa Hanjin, Saluhin na lang ng Gobyerno

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Gobyerno na ang magpatakbo sa nabangkaroteng Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction sa Subic, Zambales.

Ito ang naging mungkahi ni Senador Panfilo Lacson kay Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana sa kasagsagan ng pagdepensa ng mambabatas sa badyet ng Department of National Defense sa Senado.

Nai-convert sa Committee of the Whole ang deliberasyon upang mas lumawak ang talakayan sa isyu ng Hanjin.

“What if the Philippine government will just take over Hanjin and bid out to possible partners, private entities?” tanong ni Lacson kay Lorenzana.

“This will mean potential income for the government,” dagdag pa ng mambabatas.

Related: Lacson: Deleted Budget Insertions Can Fund Potential PH Gov’t Takeover of Hanjin Shipyard
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Lacson: Deleted Budget Insertions Can Fund Potential PH Gov’t Takeover of Hanjin Shipyard

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Instead of potentially letting foreign firms do so, it would be better if the Philippine government take over the shipyard of Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction in Subic, Zambales.

Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson raised this proposal Wednesday during the Senate’s deliberations on the 2019 budget of the Department of National Defense.

Lacson pointed out the government may use “insertions” deleted from the P3.7-trillion proposed 2019 budget, including P75 billion of the Department of Public Works and Highways.

“What if the Philippine government will just take over Hanjin and bid out to possible partners, private entities? This will mean potential income for the government,” said Lacson, who earlier moved to have the Senate constitute itself into a Committee of the Whole to discuss the issue while tackling the DND’s budget.

Related: Ping: Operasyon sa Hanjin, Saluhin na lang ng Gobyerno
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On the DBM Chief’s Possible Recommendation for a Special Session on the 2019 Budget

Mr. President, I’m not interpellating on the budget of the Offce of the President. This is just a very quick manifestation and I’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 – 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 I’d like to again reiterate of course with the concurrence of this body, I’d like to make that appeal. Quoting Jesus Christ: ‘the Spirit is willing but the flesh is weak,’ 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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Ping sa DND: Pumasok na kayo sa cyber-world

Pinabibilisan ni Senador Panfilo Lacson sa Department of National Defense (DND) ang pagbuo ng modernong kakayahan at kasanayan sa pagbabantay at pagtatanggol sa bansa laban sa mga pagtatangka buhat sa mga masasamang elemento.

Sa pagdinig ng Finance Subcommittee ng Senado na pinamunuan ni Lacson sa panukalang badyet ng DND para sa susunod na taon, personal na sinabihan ng mambabatas si DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana na kailangan nang magkaroon ng matibay na pundasyon ang ahensiya sa usapin ng cyber- and technological capabilities.

Ayon kay Lacson, ang kasalukuyang panahon ay mabilis na umuusad patungo sa pagiging ganap na cybertechnology-capable kung kaya’t dapat makasabay ang DND bilang pangunahing sangay-tanggulan ng bansa.

Related: Lacson to DND: Pursue cyber, tech capabilities in age of modern warfare
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Lacson to DND: Pursue cyber, tech capabilities in age of modern warfare

In this age of biotechnology and artificial intelligence, the Philippines should be developing its cyber- and technological capabilities to ward off threats on those fronts.

Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson stressed this on Tuesday as he exhorted the Department of National Defense to exhaust all means to pursue this course of action.

“We are in an age of biotechnology and artificial intelligence. We should be looking at control of the airwaves and cyberspace,” Lacson said at the hearing for the DND’s 2019 budget at the Senate.

Related: Ping sa DND: Pumasok na kayo sa cyber-world
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Sen. Lacson Chairs the 2019 Budget Hearing for the DND

Sen. Lacson chaired the Senate hearing for the 2019 budget of the Department of National Defense and its attached agencies.

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Senate Hearing on Increasing the Old-Age Pension of Military Veterans

Sen. Lacson attends a Senate hearing on a bill seeking to increase the old-age pension of military veterans. Present at the hearing were DND and PVAO officials, and representatives of military veterans.

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Bagong Diskarte vs Karahasan at Terorismo, Itinulak ni Ping

Bunga na rin ng patuloy na pagtaas ng banta ng terorismo at iba pang karahasan, kumilos na si Senador Panfilo Lacson upang mapalakas ang kakayahan ng pamahalaan na labanan ang mga ito.

Ito ay sa pamamagitan ng paghahain ni Lacson ng Senate Bill 1734, na naglalayong gawing mas epektibo ang mga sistemang ginagamit ng gobyerno para mapalakas ang defense system ng bansa.

“This bill is envisioned to update national defense policies, principles and concepts, to institutionalize needed improvements and to codify various laws on national defense, the AFP and the civilian bureaus, with the end in view of streamlining and further professionalizing our country’s defense establishment,” paliwanag ni Lacson sa panukala.

Related: Lacson seeks to upgrade measures to fight terrorism, national security threats

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Lacson Seeks to Upgrade Measures to Fight Terrorism, National Security Threats

A bill by Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson seeks to upgrade the government’s capabilities against insurgency, terrorism and other threats to national security via several measures, including streamlining the procurement process for defense equipment and prohibiting the sale of strategic defense real properties.

In Senate Bill 1734, Lacson pushed for a stronger defense department that will implement a more credible national defense system to address inside and outside threats.

“This bill is envisioned to update national defense policies, principles and concepts, to institutionalize needed improvements and to codify various laws on national defense, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the civilian bureaus, with the end in view of streamlining and further professionalizing our country’s defense establishment,” he said.

Related: Bagong diskarte vs karahasan at terorismo, itinulak ni Ping

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Para protektahan ang mamamayan sa banta ng terorismo at karahasan, P3.5B ang dinagdag ng Senado sa P195.48B na pondo ng DND para sa 2018

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Panoorin: Isinulong ni Sen. Lacson ang budget ng DND para sa 2018

Sen. Lacson Sponsors the Budgets of DDB/PDEA and DND at Day 6 of Senate Deliberations for the 2018 Budget

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Day 1 of Senate deliberations on the 2018 budget, Oct. 5, 2017
Day 2 of Senate deliberations on the 2018 budget, Oct. 6, 2017
Day 3 of Senate deliberations on the 2018 budget, Oct. 9, 2017
Day 4 of Senate deliberations on the 2018 budget, Oct. 10, 2017
Day 5 of Senate deliberations on the 2018 budget, Oct. 11, 2017

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#PingSays: On the DND budget and reported talks with the Marcoses | Sept. 14, 2017

In an interview, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
– DND budget
– reported talks with the Marcoses

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Sen. Lacson Presides Over the Committee Hearing for the Budget of the DND for 2018

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Lacson Backs P390-million DND ‘Love of Country Builders’ Program

Instead of being viewed as “pathetic dependents,” Filipino war veterans may soon have a better chance of inspiring young Filipinos to love their country.

This is the idea behind the Department of National Defense’s “Love of Country Builders” program, which Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson is supporting.

“From one veteran to another although we don’t look like (veterans yet), approved, Sir, as far as the committee is concerned,” Lacson told DND Undersecretary and Philippine Veterans Affairs Office administrator Ernesto Carolina at a budget hearing for the DND.

Related: Ping: Buhayin ang tunay na pagmamahal sa bayan

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Ping: Buhayin ang Tunay na Pagmamahal sa Bayan

Tutulong ang Mataas na Kapulungan ng Kongreso sa mithiin ng Department of National Defense (DND) na pasiglahin ang nananamlay na kultura ng mga Pinoy sa pagmamahal sa sariling bayan.

Ito ay makaraang isiwalat ni Senador Panfilo Lacson, miyembro ng Philippine Military Academy Class 1971, na personal niyang sinusuportahan ang programa ng DND na “Love of Country Builders” ng ahensiya na naglalayong muling buhayin ang dating kaugalian ng mga mamamayan na mahalin ang sariling bayan.

“From one veteran to another although we don’t look like (veterans yet), approved, Sir, as far as the committee is concerned,” banggit ni Lacson kay DND Undersecretary at Philippine Veterans Affairs Office administrator Ernesto Carolina sa pagdinig ng Senado sa panukalang badyet ng ahensiya.

Related: Lacson backs P390-million DND ‘Love of Country Builders’ program

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Lacson Seeks Funds to Repair ‘Condemned’ Barracks for PMA Cadets

To make sure the Philippine Military Academy’s cadets have safe barracks, Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson on Tuesday asked the Department of National Defense to allot funds for the repair of the PMA Florendo Hall.

Lacson, a member of PMA Class 1971, also said an investigation is in order into how the condition of Florendo Hall had been allowed to deteriorate.

“Florendo Hall is shaking (and the) cadets have no barracks,” he said at a Senate hearing on the DND’s budget for 2017.

Related: Ping kay Lorenzana: Isalba ang Florendo Hall ng PMA

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Ping kay Lorenzana: Isalba ang Florendo Hall ng PMA

Ipinakukumpuni na ng Mataas na Kapulungan ng Kongreso sa Department of National Defense (DND) ang Florendo Hall sa Philippine Military Academy (PMA) sa Fort Del Pilar sa Baguio City upang magamit ito ng mga kadete.

Sa pagdinig sa panukalang badyet ng DND, diretsahang inirekomenda ni Senador Panfilo Lacson, miyembro ng PMA Class 71, kay DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana ang pagpapasaayos sa nabanggit na pasilidad upang magamit na tuluyan ng mga kadete.

“Florendo Hall is shaking (and the) cadets have no barracks,” seryosong banggit ni Lacson kay Lorenzana habang tinatalakay ang panukalang gastusin ng PMA para sa papasok na taon.

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