Tag: House of Representatives

On Speaker Arroyo’s Recommendation of Withdrawal from the Inter-Parliamentary Union

First, Speaker Arroyo’s recommendation is based on the wrong premise. The IPU has yet to act on its Human Rights Committee’s recommendation to the IPU Governing Council. Having said that, it is premature, if at all, to denounce the IPU as a whole, much less withdraw membership from the body.

Second, by withdrawing, it would imply that the Philippine Senate acknowledges the political persecution of opposition senators.

Contrarily, the recent resolution of Sen. Trillanes’ coup d’etat case by the Makati RTC Branch 148 is proof enough that the judicial process works in our country, and that the separation of powers and the independence of the judiciary from the executive and legislative is evident and clear.

Third, it is the Senate, not the House of Representatives, that is a member of the IPU, so I’m not sure where Speaker GMA is coming from.

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#PingSays: On the President’s health, latest proposed amendments to the Constitution | Oct. 10, 2018

In an interview, Sen. Lacson answers questions on:
– speculations on the health of President Duterte
– proposed amendments to the Charter by the House
– possibility of suspending fuel taxes

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๐Ÿ“ฐ Editorial: Efforts continue to weed out โ€˜porkโ€™ from the natโ€™l budget [Manila Bulletin]

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From the Manila Bulletin:ย This year, Sen. Panfilo Lacson, who has never sought his share of the โ€œpork,โ€ charged that the current budget proposal of P3.7576 trillion includes about P51 billion inserted by lawmakers. He charged that one reason some legislators want the โ€œporkโ€ is they get commissions of 10 percent from the contractors who get to carry out the projects.ย  Continue reading “๐Ÿ“ฐ Editorial: Efforts continue to weed out โ€˜porkโ€™ from the natโ€™l budget [Manila Bulletin]”

๐Ÿ“ฐ Loathsome pork barrel [Malaya]

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From Malaya:ย The good senator will definitely be encountering stiff resistance in his efforts not only from House members but also from some pork barrel-loving senators. He will need strong and moral support from President Rodrigo Roa Duterte aka Digong who is as determined as Lacson to stamp out corruption. Will Digong give it to him?ย  Continue reading “๐Ÿ“ฐ Loathsome pork barrel [Malaya]”

#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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Interview on DZRH | Sept. 18, 2018

In an interview on DZRH, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
– traces of pork in the 2019 budget
– vicious cycle of the pork barrel system
– ‘improvements’ in the DPWH’s procedures due to anti-pork efforts

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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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