To the Inquirer: Please allow us to set the record straight regarding Solita Monsod’s Sept. 14 column, “Three against Leila,” where she insinuated that Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson had an “axe to grind” against Sen. Leila M. de Lima as his motive in inviting former Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) OIC Rafael Ragos and Jovencio Ablen Jr. of the National Bureau of Investigation as resource persons to the Senate hearing on corruption at the BuCor last Sept. 12.
From the Inquirer: Two influential government officials — a senator with a strong anticrime advocacy and the country’s top financial regulator — want incoming lawmakers to make it easier for authorities to examine bank deposits for evidence of potential wrongdoing.
From Ramon Farolan’s column in the Philippine Daily Inquirer: Obviously, when one is as strongly opposed to pork as Lacson has been, not too many politicians, particularly at the local government level, would be encouraged to support you and this support is needed. But if there is one thing Lacson has to offer, it is leadership.
Napatawad ko na kayo, maraming salamat sa pagtutuwid.
Ito ang tugon ni Senador Panfilo Lacson sa paghingi ng paumanhin ng pahayagang Philippine Daily Inquirer sa pagsusulat ng maling balita tungkol sa kanya halos 20 taon na ang nakakalipas.
“Time heals, forgives. Thank you, Philippine Daily Inquirer for your humility and courage to admit I am not the person you said I was. Getting back my honor and dignity matters a lot to me. It is with equal humility that I accept your apology,” banggit ni Lacson sa kanyang Twitter account.
The Philippine Daily Inquirer on Monday published an apology to Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson for several articles in 2001 that accused him of alleged misdeeds.
Lacson accepted the apology, thanking the Inquirer for its “humility and courage,” adding that getting back his honor and dignity means much to him.
“Time heals, forgives. Thank you, Philippine Daily Inquirer for your humility and courage to admit I am not the person you said I was. Getting back my honor and dignity matters a lot to me. It is with equal humility that I accept your apology,” Lacson said in a tweet.
From the Inquirer: According to Sen. Panfilo Lacson, one of the new manifestations of pork in the budget (is) where contractors shortchange taxpayers by using low-grade materials for infrastructure projects, while gifting agency officials and lawmakers with huge commissions in exchange for the contracts.