Tag: interpellation

Interpellation on the General Principles of the P4.1-Trillion Proposed 2020 Budget

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I just hope we wonโ€™t have any more reenacted budget. As we all know by now, it is the economy that is suffering. Having said that, I have some issues and concerns that need to be clarified. If the sponsor is willing to accommodate just a few points Iโ€™d like to raise.” – Sen. Lacson’s opening statement at his interpellation (general principles) on the proposed 2020 budget.

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Interpellation of the Solar Para sa Bayan Corp. franchise bill

“Kailangan pa ba ng franchise ang Solar Para Sa Bayan Corp.? Ayon sa batas, hindi. Kaya bakit?”

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“If we grant them the franchise, they will have exclusive right to operate in those areas. Therefore, they will deny other qualified third parties so they will go through competitive process. If thatโ€™s the case why do we need a franchise for SPSB?”

“If they have to go through a competitive process, we might as well disregard the franchise. May competitive process, anyway. Why would we still grant a franchise? Thereโ€™s no need.”

“My other issue is, are we not establishing a precedent in passing this bill? Iniiba natin ang nature ng franchise. (W)eโ€™re actually amending EPIRA. Sabi kanina ng sponsor iba ang definition ng unviable sa unserved and underserved. If thatโ€™s the case weโ€™re amending the EPIRA law.”

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Interpellation of the DPWH budget for 2019

During the interpellation of the DPWH’s budget for 2019, Sen. Lacson raised the following issues:
* the addition of P75 billion in the DPWH’s budget in the National Expenditure Program, without the DPWH’s knowledge
* woes of landowners whose lots were affected by DPWH projects with right-of-way components
* some data of the DPWH website being inaccessible when the DPWH’s budget is up for deliberation

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Interpellation of the DILG budget for 2019

Some P16 billion in โ€œporkโ€ lump sums will now be available for โ€œurgentโ€ items in the proposed P3.7-trillion budget for 2019, after Sen. Lacson moved for this Tuesday evening.

Interpellation of the 2019 national budget: Possible ‘pork’ in ALGU fund

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In his continuing interpellation of the 2019 budget’s general principles, Sen. Lacson questioned the possible pork in the Assistance to LGUs Fund.

Related: At a Glance: ‘Pork’ in the Assistance to LGUs (ALGU) Fund
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Interview on DZBB | Dec. 6, 2018

In an interview on DZBB, Sen. Lacson answered questions on ‘pork’ in the 2019 budget.

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#PingBills: Senate Bill 1898 breezes through the period of interpellation in the Senate

Senate Bill 1898, which Sen. Lacson sponsored on Aug. 14, 2018, was approved on second reading the next day. The bill gives the PNP the authority – and responsibility – to train police recruits.

Related:
Sen. Lacson’s Sponsorship Speech for Senate Bill 1898
At a Glance: SB 1898, Placing the Training of Police Recruits Under the PNP

#PingTweets: On the May 31 interpellation on ‘quo warranto’

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Related:ย Sen. Lacson interpellates Sen. Pangilinan on ‘quo warranto’

Senate Approves Philippine ID System Bill on Second Reading

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After the period of interpellation, the Senate approved on second reading the Philippine ID System (National ID) bill. Sen. Lacson, the bill’s sponsor, answered questions from Senate President Koko Pimentel, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto, and Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian.

Interpellation for Senate Bill 1662, which Provides Heavier Penalties vs Hazing and Cover-Up

Sen. Lacson answers questions from colleagues at the period of interpellation for Senate Bill 1662, which provides heavier penalties against hazing and attempts at cover-up.

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Related:
Sponsorship speech for the Committee Report/Senate bill on the fatal hazing of Horacio โ€˜Atioโ€™ Castillo III
Lacson committee pushes reclusion perpetua, hefty penalties vs hazing deaths
At a Glance: Findings and Recommendations on the fatal hazing of Horacio Castillo III