Tag: House of Representatives

FICTIONAL?? Read Rep. Castroโ€™s Lobby Letter to Sen. Lacson

In a letter dated Sept. 19, 2019, Capiz Rep. Fredenil Castro lobbied with Sen. Lacson for financial assistance to construct a municipal building for Dumalag town, costing P258 million. The stamp indicating the time and date it was received at Sen. Lacsonโ€™s office belies Castro’s claim that the lobbying was ‘fictional.’

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#PingSays: Tuloy ang Pagbusisi sa Budget! | Sept. 26, 2019

In an interview, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
– ‘ceasefire’ with some House members on 2020 budget
– call from the House to cut the Senate’s budget
– passage of 2020 budget in the Senate in 2-3 weeks

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On the Whining and Howling over ‘Pork’

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I was alone in this fight against pork for a long time. Now that many like-minded colleagues in the Senate are equally committed to do the same, with more reason I should be more vigilant.

The whining and howling of Congressman Castro and his like-minded colleagues will not distract me from performing my mandate of scrutinizing the budget measure.

As for those House members who abused the hard-earned money of taxpayers for the longest time that they availed of ‘pork,’ they are the ones who should apologize to the Filipino people.

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#PingSays: ‘Shared’ House Speakership; Death Penalty Bill; Sen. Bato | July 9, 2019

In an interview, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
possible effects of a ‘shared’ House Speakership
– possible ‘pork’ in the budget,ย amending the 1987 Constitution
– Senate’s continued independence even with ‘the President’s men’
– passage of death penalty bill
– Sen dela Rosa’s ‘S*** happens’ statement

Quotes from the interview…
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Ping, Gumalaw Na Para Mabusisi Rin ng Publiko ang Pambansang Badyet

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Senate Bill 2219 discourages ‘pork’ insertions by getting the public directly involved in the preparation of the national budget.

Mas maraming mata, mas madaling mabibisto ang tangkang pangungupit ng mga makakapal ang mukhang mambabatas na nais magpakasasa sa kaban ng bayan.

Ito ang pangunahing adhikain ng Senate Bill 2219 na inihain ni Senador Panfilo M. Lacson, na nagpapahintulot sa publiko na makapanood nang personal at makasali sa talakayan ng mga mambabatas sa pambansang badyet.

Layunin ng panukala na magkaroon ng karapatan ang publiko na malaman ang ginagawa ng mambabatas sa badyet mula sa komite ng Senado at Kamara hanggang sa bicameral conference committee.

“Now is the time for Congress to recognize the importance of the direct participation by people’s organizations and non-government organizations in the budget deliberation,” paliwanag ni Lacson sa kanyang panukala.

“We should institutionalize the practice of legislature-civil society collaboration in order to achieve a people-oriented budget as well as establish transparency and accountability in the budget process,” dagdag ng mambabatas.

Related: Stronger Safeguard vs Pork: Lacson Bill Encourages Public to Help Guard Budget Process
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Stronger Safeguard vs Pork: Lacson Bill Encourages Public to Help Guard Budget Process

sb2219 Peoples Participation Bill
Senate Bill 2219 discourages ‘pork’ insertions by getting the public directly involved in the preparation of the national budget.

Taxpayers themselves will soon serve as the biggest safeguard against pork barrel being sneaked into the national budget, with a bill filed by Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson.

Senate Bill 2219 institutionalizes the direct participation of people’s organizations and non-government organizations in the preparation of the spending bill.

“Now is the time for Congress to recognize the importance of the direct participation by people’s organizations and non-government organizations in the budget deliberation,” Lacson said in his bill.

“We should institutionalize the practice of legislature-civil society collaboration in order to achieve a people-oriented budget as well as establish transparency and accountability in the budget process,” he added.

Related: Ping, Gumalaw Na Para Mabusisi Rin ng Publiko ang Pambansang Badyet
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Interview on DWIZ: Alleged New Vote-Buying Scheme? | April 13, 2019

In an interview on DWIZ, Sen. Lacson answers questions on:
– possible veto of the 2019 budget
–ย resolution calling out US senators for arrogance
– new vote-buying scheme using 4Ps, up to P25,000 per vote?
– Holy Week 2019

Quotes from the interview…
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On the Possible Veto of the 2019 Budget

Undoubtedly, and as I have always pointed out, the 2019 national budget measure had been subjected to abuse and indiscretions by some legislators from both houses of Congress, with the House of Representatives’ leadership even going beyond the mandate of the law and time-honored legislative practice.

At the end of the day, it is greed and insatiability of those who cannot control their appetite for more and more โ€˜porkโ€™ and all the perks and commissions that go with it.

Having said that, the President is well within his legal authority to veto in whole or in parts the Enrolled Bill already before him if he and his economic team see it wise to do so.

As for me, I am prepared to fight the next battle when the National Expenditure Program for the 2020 national budget is submitted by the President at the opening of the First Regular Session of the 18th Congress.

It is tiring and frustrating, but I am always ready and able to fight another day for my career-long advocacy as an elected Senator of the Republic – that of fighting corruption, particularly in the authorization phase of the budgeting process.

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โœ‰ Letter to the Editor: Answering some questions in the budget conundrum [Manila Times]

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Sen. Lacson’s office answers repeated questions and accusations about the 2019 budget in this letter to The Manila TimesApril 1, 2019 editorial. The letter sought to answer some questions in the editorial that were addressed to the senator, though it has yet to be published.

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Related:
UsaPing Katotohanan: Pork and the National Budget
UsaPing Katotohanan: Pork at ang Pambansang Badyet
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Interview on DWIZ: Budget and Anti-Drug War | March 30, 2019

In an interview on DWIZ, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
– update on the 2019 budget
– the government’s anti-drug war

Quotes from the interview…
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