Tag: House of Representatives

Interview on DZRH | Jan. 17, 2019

In an interview on DZRH, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
– need to tighten Bank Secrecy Act and related legislation after Ligot acquittal
– passage of the 2019 national budget
– potential PH takeover of Hanjin shipyard in Subic

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#PingSays: On the P75-B removed from the DPWH’s 2019 budget | Jan. 15, 2019

In an interview, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
– what to do with the P75B removed from the DPWH’s budget
– justice for landowners affected by RROW projects

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Ping: May Pondo sa Dagdag-Suweldo ng Gov’t Workers, Re-Enacted Man ang Badyet

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Re-enacted man o maging batas na ang P3.7-trilyon na pambansang badyet para sa 2019, kailangang ipatupad na ngayong buwan ang umento sa suweldo ng mga kawani ng pamahalaan.

Ito ang naging tugon ni Senador Panfilo Lacson sa pagkakabalam sa pagpapatupad sa pagtaas sa suweldo ng mga empleyado ng pamahalaan, na ayon sa Department of Budget and Management (DBM) ay bunga ng hindi pa pagkakapasa sa pambansang gastusin para ngayong taon.

“Mr. DBM Secretary, implement the salary increase now. It is not unconstitutional. It has basis in law and there is PhP99.446 billion under the MPBF in the 2018 budget,” mensahe ni Lacson sa pamunuan ng ahensiya sa pamamagitan ng kanyang Twitter account.

“Pointing to a re-enacted budget won’t fly,” dagdag pa ng mambabatas.

Related: Lacson: Reenacted Budget Doesn’t Block Government Workers’ Pay Hike
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Lacson: Reenacted Budget Doesn’t Block Government Workers’ Pay Hike

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The stalemate over the proposed P3.7-trillion budget for 2019 should not be a reason to put on hold a scheduled salary increase for government workers, Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson said Thursday.

Lacson said the Department of Budget and Management can use P99.446 billion under the Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Fund (MBPF) in the 2018 budget for the purpose.

“Mr. DBM Secretary, implement the salary increase now. It is not unconstitutional. It has basis in law and there is PhP99.446 billion under the MPBF in the 2018 budget,” he said in a post on his Twitter account.

“Pointing to a re-enacted budget won’t fly,” he added.

Related: Ping: May Pondo sa Dagdag-Suweldo ng Gov’t Workers, Re-Enacted Man ang Badyet
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Pork-Laden Budget Much Worse than a Delayed or Re-enacted One

A pork-laden budget is far worse than a delayed or re-enacted one.

Scrutinizing the national budget to get rid of excessive, unconscionable, unreasonable and irregular appropriations is not playing partisan politics. Rather, I consider it a patriotic duty of every legislator who wishes to be the vanguard of good governance through conscientious spending of the Filipino people’s money.

The national budget is the lifeblood of the country. Therefore, we must see to it that we do our role in making sure it serves its purpose and not just stuff the pockets of some insatiably greedy politicians.

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✉ Letter to the Editor: Senator Lacson seeks to set the record straight [Manila Times]

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To The Manila Times: This is in connection with the column of Mr. Rigoberto Tiglao published on Dec. 21, 2018, where he made several baseless accusations and innuendoes against Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson.  Continue reading “✉ Letter to the Editor: Senator Lacson seeks to set the record straight [Manila Times]”

📰 Editorial: Parked pork [Malaya]

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From Malaya: We support Lacson’s advocacy of fighting the system of pork barrel which has metamorphosed into a more sophisticated mechanism of corruption, and hope that the Office of the Ombudsman and the two congressional chambers themselves could act in unison to stem impunity in the legislature. Continue reading “📰 Editorial: Parked pork [Malaya]”

Interview on DWIZ | Dec. 15, 2018

In an interview on DWIZ, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
– new scheme involving parking of ‘pork’
– bill seeking the abolition of the Road Board
– moves to amend the 1987 Constitution

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Ping: Ombudsman Puwede Nang Imbestigahan ang ‘Pork’ Insertions

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Kailangan na ring mag-imbestiga ang Ombudsman sa maeskandalong pagkakabunyag sa ‘pork insertions’ ng mga kongresistang kadikit ng kasalukuyang pamunuan sa Mababang Kapulungan ng Kongreso.

Ito ang naging mensahe ni Senador Panfilo Lacson, makaraang inguso ni House Majority Leader Rolanda Andaya Jr. ang isang contractor na umano’y nakakopo na sa mga proyekto sa susunod na taon kahit hindi pa aprubado ang 2019 national budget.

Sa kanyang Twitter post, inihayag ni Lacson na puwede nang manghimasok ang Ombudsman, bukod pa sa maaring gawin ng Kongreso matapos ang pagbubunyag ni Andaya.

“Expose pa more! A single contractor bagging 30 flood control projects worth billions of pesos calls for a congressional inquiry/Ombudsman investigation. Thank God I found an unlikely ‘ally’ in Cong. Andaya,” saad ni Lacson.

Related: Lacson: Time for Ombudsman to Step into ‘Pork’ Insertion Mess
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Lacson: Time for Ombudsman to Step into ‘Pork’ Insertion Mess

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With exposes on “pork” in the proposed P3.7-trillion budget for 2019 now coming out left and right, it may be time for new Ombudsman Samuel Martires to step into the picture.

Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson said this Tuesday as he thanked an unlikely ally for revealing that a single contractor hogged no less 30 flood control projects worth billions of pesos.

Lacson said both the House of Representatives and the Office of the Ombudsman can conduct their own probes into the revelations.

“Expose pa more! A single contractor bagging 30 flood control projects worth billions of pesos calls for a congressional inquiry/Ombudsman investigation. Thank God I found an unlikely ‘ally’ in Cong. Andaya,” Lacson said in a post on his Twitter account.

Related: Ping: Ombudsman Puwede Nang Imbestigahan ang ‘Pork’ Insertions
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