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Lacson Eyes Pork, Other Duplicative Projects to Fund National ID, UHC, Tertiary Education Act in 2020 Budget

Several funded items in the P4.1-trillion proposed national budget for 2020 can be realigned to more worthwhile programs to fund three landmark laws passed under the present administration: the PhilSys Act (National ID) program, Universal Health Care Act, and the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act, Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson said.

Lacson lamented the National ID measure, which was passed into law in 2018 after he championed it in the Senate, could not reach its potential because of a severe funding gap.

“There are many items in the 2020 budget that can be realigned for the National ID. One of them is the National Greening Program of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources,” he said in an interview on DZMM Wednesday.

Related: Ping, Nakahanap ng Pondo Para sa ‘Landmark’ Programs ng Duterte Administration
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Interview on DZMM: Funding for National ID in 2020 | Nov. 20, 2019

In an interview on DZMM, Sen. Lacson answered questions on addressing the funding gap for the National ID system in 2020.

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‘Poor Planning’: Interpellation of the 2020 Budget of the DPWH

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In his interpellation of the 2020 budget of the Department of Public Works and Highways, Sen. Lacson pointed out several questionable items, as he reiterated the national budget is “not a guessing game” and has to be studied painstakingly.

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#PINGterview: ‘Pork’ na Parked Funds sa 2020 Budget? | Nov. 4, 2019

In an interview, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
– potentially problematic items in the 2020 budget
– P20B lump sum in the proposed budget

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FINE-TOOTHED COMB: Sen. Lacson Poses Questions at the 2020 Budget Hearing for the DPWH

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At the hearing on the 2020 budget of the Department of Public Works and Highways, Sen. Lacson raised several questions involving the agency’s use of funds for infrastructure projects. “Sabi kasi ni Senate President, we will go through the budget with a fine-toothed comb. So we are going through all this.”

Sen. Lacson questioned the lodging of two-thirds of the DPWH’s budget in the central officeΒ ; unrecouped advance payments to erring contractorsΒ ; and the delay and/or non-implementation of projects due to poor planningΒ . He inquired as well if the issue involving road-right-of-way (RROW) has become a hopeless caseΒ .

But he also made clear these are not the only questionable cases, adding this is not to find fault. “We are going through all this. This is not to find fault but for (our) future reference.

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#PingSays: On Hazing at PMA; Possible Pork in 2020 Budget | Sept. 23, 2019

In an interview, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
– hazing at PMA
– possible pork in the 2020 budget
– corruption at BuCor

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Interview on DZBB: PhilHealth Row and Universal Health Care | June 16, 2019

In an interview on DZBB, Sen. Lacson answered questions on the PhilHealth row, including:
– possible implications on the government’s Universal Health Care program
– how the NBI is handling the case
– how the National ID system can help stop fraudulent health claims
– how the public can help prevent a repeat of the mess

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πŸ“° Mga mambabatas masahol pa sa linta [Pilipino Star Ngayon]

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Mula sa kolum ni Jarius Bondoc sa Pilipino Star Ngayon: Mahigit P390 bilyon ang binisto ni Sen. Ping Lacson na isiningit na pork barrels sa 2019 national budget.

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#PingSays: House ‘blinks’ on budget row | March 18, 2019

In an interview at the sidelines of the groundbreaking of the new Senate building, Sen. Lacson discloses the House has agreed to recall its version of the 2019 budget with post-ratification tweaks. Other topics in the interview included:
* Rep Andaya accusation that Senate removed P17B from the DPWH RROW budget
* timeline for the New Senate building

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Ping: Publiko, Nililito na ng House Leadership para Maipuslit ang Pork Barrel

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Nililito ng liderato ng Mababang Kapulungan ng Kongreso ang publiko gamit ang paiba-ibang palusot ng mga kaalyado nito upang maitago ang ginawang pagkalikot sa P3.757-trilyon 2019 budget kahit matapos na ito ratipikahan, pero lalo lamang silang nabubuking.

Ayon kay Senador Panfilo Lacson, kahit pa gumamit ng sangkaterbang “talking heads,” hindi maitatago ng liderato ng Kamara ang ginawang pagkalikot sa mga pondong nakapaloob sa pambansang badyet.

Binanggit pa ni Lacson na hindi uubra ang palusot na isa lamang umanong “itemization” ang ginawa ng mga kaalyado ni Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo sa budget dahil maliwanag na maliwanag na realignment ng pondo ang ginawa ng mga kaalyado ni Arroyo.

“National budget: Don’t be fooled by congressmen tasked to make us believe they merely ‘itemized’ when in fact, they arbitrarily realigned to favored districts several appropriations already approved by both houses of Congress thereby sacrificing already vetted infra projects,” pagsisiwala ni Lacson sa pamamagitan ng kanyang Twitter account.

Related: Lacson: House’s Post-Ratification Realignments in 2019 Budget Bill Make Talking Heads’ ‘Transparency’ Claims Worthless
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