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A Closer Look: Institutional Amendments to the 2019 Budget

To those who remain confused about institutional and individual amendments in the budget, Sen. Lacson differentiates the two in his letter to The Manila Times.

Sen. Lacson’s letter is in response to the challenge of former Sen. Francisco Tatad for further details of the institutional amendments he proposed to the P3.757-trillion national budget for 2019. The letter was sent to The Manila Times last Feb. 19. As the reply has yet to be published after more than one week, this is also for the enlightenment of those who had read former Sen. Tatad’s earlier insinuations and challenge to Sen. Lacson.

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โœ‰ Letter to the Editor: On Gary Olivar’s hurling personal innuendos to muddle the ‘pork’ issue [Manila Standard]

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To the Manila Standard: It is quite pathetic that Mr. Olivar, instead of helping his former boss clear up the issue of pork in the 2019 budget, chose the path of his fellow talking heads by hurling personal innuendos at the Senator to muddle the issue.

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On the Senate Caucus Involving the 2019 National Budget

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Sen. Legarda did not actually present what she and Rep. Andaya have agreed upon in the small group bicam. She merely articulated to the best of her recollection what the bicam report would be presented for ratification.

Basically, yes, the P160 million per House member plus the billion-peso insertions made by a number of their colleagues, and the P23-billion Department of Public Works and Highways insertions by a number of senators plus other insertions in different agencies have all been retained.

Sadly, no matter how hard I argued last night, I only have one vote although I have good reason to believe that some like-minded colleagues are supportive of deleting all pork insertions, particularly the excessive and unconscionable realignments made not only by our House counterpart, but by a number of our colleagues as well.

On a positive note, all appropriations for flood control, particularly dredging, desilting and the like have been deleted to be realigned to capital outlay for purchase of dredging machines. Also, the Department of Health realignment that the Senate introduced and most of my institutional amendments have been retained, like the 240-day-a-year school feeding program for wasted and nearly wasted school children, additional allowance for teachers, some appropriations cover for laws passed regarding our age old veterans, augmentation budget requested by the judiciary, activation of one infantry division, etc.

More than that, hopefully, I was able to enlighten the public because of the public discourse that transpired, for or against the outlawed pork barrel.ย I would say, we have gained some headway in this regard.

Hopefully, the President and his economic managers will further scrutinize the final version of the budget bill as passed by Congress and exercise his veto power to excise the line items that clearly look and smell like pork.

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Interview on DZBB | Feb. 3, 2019

In an interview on DZBB, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
– more ‘talking heads’ after Reps. Bravo and Castro
– institutional vs individual amendments
– call to the public on the pork barrel issue

Quotes from the interview…ย  Continue reading “Interview on DZBB | Feb. 3, 2019”

Ping sa Mga Naglilihis sa Isyu ng Pork Barrel: Nakatulong Kayo sa Krusada Ko

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Sa halip na magdulot ng kahihiyan, lalong nakatulong ang mga kongresistang naglilihis sa tunay na pangyayari sa 2019 national budget para maunawaan ng publiko ang krusada ni Senador Panfilo Lacson laban sa pork barrel.

Ayon kay Lacson, ang mga kongresistang nagsalita na ang mismong nagpaabot sa publiko kung gaano kaganid ang mga ito bunga na rin ng pagbaluktot sa mga usapin, makapagpasasa lamang sa pork barrel na itinago sa ibaโ€™t ibang ahensiya.

Matapos ang sunod-sunod na pagbubunyag ng mga nakatagong pork barrel sa ibaโ€™t ibang ahensiya mula sa deliberasyon sa Senado hanggang sa pagtalakay nito sa bicameral panel, nagpalusot at nag-imbento ng buwelta kay Lacson ang ilang kaalyado ni House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

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Lacson to ‘Talking Heads’: Keep Helping Enlighten Public on Pork

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The more they talk, the more they enlighten the public about the “evil pork” in the national budget, if unwittingly so.

On this note, Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson thanked the “talking heads” of House Speaker Gloria Arroyo for contributing to the public’s knowledge on the issue.

“What Speaker GMAโ€™s talking heads obviously do not realize is that theyโ€™re actually advancing my cause in educating the public more about the โ€˜evil porkโ€™ in the national budget. I earnestly urge them to continue this public discourse. Many thanks to Cong. Castro and Bravo,” Lacson said in a post on his Twitter account Saturday night.

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Pagkatao ni Rep. Anthony Bravo โ€˜Binagoโ€™ ng Pork Barrel

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Malaki na ang ipinagkaiba ng ugali ni party list Rep. Anthony Bravo sa kasalukuyan mula noong 2016 bilang isang miyembro ng Mababang Kapulungan ng Kongreso.

Ito ang isiniwalat ni Senador Panfilo Lacson matapos na makisawsaw si Bravo sa usapin ng individual at institutional amendments sa pambansang gastusin para sa 2019.

Ayon kay Lacson, noong una niyang makadaupang-palad ang naturang kinatawan ay hangang-hanga siya sa pananalita nito.

“First time I met Cong. Anthony Bravo in 2016, he came across as genuine, sincere and credible. I normally am a good judge of character, but looks and first instance demeanor can be deceiving sometimes,” dismayadong pahayag ni Lacson sa kanyang Twitter account.

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On Rep. Bravo’s insinuations in defending the House’s pork
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‘Can You Do the Same?’ Lacson Dares Congressman to Disclose Budget Amendments

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Instead of making miserably inadequate and baseless accusations, congressman Anthony Bravo should make public his amendments to the proposed national budget for 2019.

Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson hurled this challenge after he debunked Bravo’s claims that he inserted so-called secret amendments in the budget.

“Mr. Congressman, I already made public all my amendments in the 2019 national budget. Can you do the same?” Lacson said in a post on his Twitter account on Saturday.

Lacson pointed out he has always submitted his amendments to the budget bill in official written form to the chairperson of the Senate finance committee, because these are backed by proper planning and scrutiny.

“Ever since, I submit to the chair of the Senate Committee on Finance in official written form all my amendments to the annual budget bill for one very simple reason: I have nothing to hide since they are all institutional. In fact, I take pride that my amendments benefit no one else but the agencies concerned,” he said.

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Pagkatao ni Rep. Anthony Bravo โ€˜Binagoโ€™ ng Pork Barrel
On Rep. Bravo’s insinuations in defending the House’s pork
List: Institutional Amendments Proposed by Sen. Lacson in the 2019 Budget
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Patas Dapat! Ping, Isinapubliko ang Institutional Amendments sa 2019 Budget

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Dapat walang itinatago sa publiko at klaro ang mga detalye ng paglalaanan ng pambansang gastusin ng pamahalaan.

Ito ang matapang na panuntunan ni Senador Panfilo Lacson sa pagsapubliko ng kanyang institutional amendments sa 2019 national budget, na kasalukuyang tinatalakay ng bicameral conference committee.

“In the spirit of transparency, I instructed my staff to make public all my amendments in the 2019 national budget,โ€ paglalahad ni Lacson sa kanyang Twitter account.

โ€œI hope all proponents will do the same to remove all suspicions that the bicameral conference is a venue for sneaky horse trading among legislators,” dagdag ng mambabatas.

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In the Spirit of Transparency: Lacson Details Institutional Amendments to 2019 Budget
List: Institutional Amendments Proposed by Sen. Lacson in the 2019 Budget
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In the Spirit of Transparency: Lacson Details Institutional Amendments to 2019 Budget

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Citing the need for transparency, Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson has made public the details of the institutional amendments he proposed in the P3.7-trillion national budget for 2019.

Lacson expressed hope other proponents of amendments to the budget will do the same, to remove speculations that the bicameral conference committee is a venue for “horse trading” and compromises among legislators.

“In the spirit of transparency, I instructed my staff to make public all my amendments in the 2019 national budget. I hope all proponents will do the same to remove all suspicions that the bicameral conference is a venue for sneaky horse trading among legislators,” he said in a post on his Twitter account.

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Patas Dapat! Ping, Isinapubliko ang Institutional Amendments sa 2019 Budget
List: Institutional Amendments Proposed by Sen. Lacson in the 2019 Budget
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