From the Inquirer: (A)s pointed out by anti-corruption crusaders like former senator Panfilo Lacson and Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong, we need infrastructure that is not subject to the corrupt racket that lines the pockets of politicians and their private sector cohorts and which results in substandard projects that need frequent repairs.
From the Inquirer: To be sure, Magalong’s uncompromising stand against the unremitting greed of some public officials has also gained support from his allies, including former senator Panfilo Lacson, his fellow retired police general who fought against the pork barrel system.
From the Inquirer: That the singular protest comes from a former senator whose voice has grown hoarse from repeated warnings (many times ignored) about government budget abuses should not be a cause of complacency for our economic managers.
To the Inquirer: Please allow us to set the record straight and disabuse the minds of your readers from the malicious claims made against Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson by John Nery in his Philippine Daily Inquirer column on Aug. 10, 2021.
From the Inquirer: As the country moves closer to the 2022 general elections, while the replacement of President Rodrigo Duterte is uncertain, there’s one thing definite about what the next president would face—a mountain of debt.
To the Inquirer: Please allow us to set the record straight regarding the column of Prof. Edilberto de Jesus (“Dangerous distractions,” Business Matters, 9/5/20), where he touched on a proposed piece of legislation that aims to avert a potential constitutional crisis and leadership vacuum by extending the constitutional line of succession.
To the Inquirer: Please allow us to set the record straight regarding some points raised by former Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio in his Inquirer column, where he said Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson, along with President Duterte, are “sadly mistaken” with regard to the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) as terrorists.
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.
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
From the Inquirer: “I was a victim of fake news for the longest time in the past,” the senator lamented in a recent tweet. “The two original sources have since retracted their statements under oath, even apologized,” he said. “I’m still waiting for those who spread those false information to show decency and some sense of responsibility to the public,” he added.
From the Inquirer: Senator Panfilo Lacson questioned on Tuesday the P11-billion raise given to the budget of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) next year as approved in the bicameral conference committee.
Speech before the Philippine Councilors League (Bohol Chapter) Bohol Tropics Resort Hotel, Tagbilaran City
First of all, I would like to thank all of you for your very kind invitation. This is my first time to address your Chapter. I understand you represent all of Bohol’s 47 towns and Tagbilaran City. I am profoundly grateful. Indeed, I really am. Continue reading “Current Challenges”→