Ang pagtatanggal sa kultura ng kotong ang isa sa mga magiging prayoridad ni Senador Ping Lacson sa kanyang administrasyon sakaling palarin na manalo sa pagka-Pangulo sa halalan sa Mayo 2022.
Ito ang isa sa mga nagawa na ni Lacson nang kanyang pinamunuan ang Philippine National Police mula 1999 hanggang 2001, kung saan nilinis nya ang kapulisan at binuwag ang kotong culture.
“Ito pwede kong ipangako – ang kotong sa kalsada mawawala,” ani Lacson sa kanyang sectoral forum kasama ang mga bus operators.
Related: That’s a Promise: Kotong to Disappear Under Lacson Presidency
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Ridding the streets of “kotong” – where jeepney drivers lose some P300 a day to crooked cops – will be one of the first priorities under the presidency of Sen. Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson. And that’s a promise.
Lacson said he had done this when he headed the Philippine National Police from 1999 to 2001, when he rid the police force not only of mulcting cops but the kotong culture.
“Ito pwede kong ipangako – ang kotong sa kalsada mawawala (This I can promise: kotong in the streets will disappear),” he said at a sectoral forum with bus operators.
Related: Pangako ni Ping: Mawawala ang Kotong sa Kalsada!
Continue reading “That’s a Promise: Kotong to Disappear Under Lacson Presidency”
Pera noon, paninda ngayon: Sa ganitong paraan bumalik ang kotong sa kabila ng pandemya kung saan nagbibigay pa ng listahan ang mga tiwaling pulis sa mga nagtitinda sa Divisoria kung ano ang mga bagay na gusto nilang tirahin.
Ito ang isinawalat ni Senador Ping Lacson nitong Sabado, kung saan ibinahagi niya ang laman kanyang pakikipagusap sa mga tindero at tindera sa Divisoria.
“Ngayon daw iba na. Ang pulis, for some reason, may listahan na bawa’t pondohan sa lugar na pinagtitindahan. Listahan na binibigay. Ito dapat inyong ibigay, gulay, prutas, paninda. Balik na naman tayo. Day-to-day corruption,” ani Lacson, na bumuwag sa kultura ng kotong sa Philippine National Police noong pinamunuan niya ito mula 1999 to 2001, sa kanyang panayam sa DZRH.
Related: Lacson Bares Return of ‘Kotong’ Amid Pandemic
Continue reading “Ping, Isiniwalat ang Pagbabalik ng Kotong sa Kabila ng Pandemya”
From cash to a cut of one’s fruits and vegetables: This is how “kotong” has evolved amid the pandemic, with corrupt policemen now giving vendors in Divisoria a list of items they should fork over.
Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson disclosed this on Saturday, citing a conversation he had with vendors selling wares in Manila’s Divisoria commercial district.
“Ngayon daw iba na. Ang pulis, for some reason, may listahan na bawa’t pondohan sa lugar na pinagtitindahan. Listahan na binibigay. Ito dapat inyong ibigay, gulay, prutas, paninda. Balik na naman tayo. Day-to-day corruption (Kotong is back but in a different form. For some reason, police now present vendors with a list of items they should give them, such as a cut of the fruits, vegetables or whatever they are sending),” Lacson, who had eradicated the kotong culture in the Philippine National Police when he headed it from 1999 to 2001, said in an interview on DZRH radio.
Related: Ping, Isiniwalat ang Pagbabalik ng Kotong sa Kabila ng Pandemya
Continue reading “Lacson Bares Return of ‘Kotong’ Amid Pandemic”
From Lito Banayo’s columns in the Manila Standard: His stint as chief of the PNP was hailed by one and all, resulting in the police organization’s getting an all-time high trust rating. He stopped the everyday “kotong” which preyed on most everybody, from jeepney drivers to taxi drivers, to “viajeros” of food produce.
Continue reading “From top cop to eagle eye [Manila Standard]”
Starting January 2019, when the salary increase of policemen takes effect in compliance with Joint Resolution No. 1, it bears watching if ‘kotong cops’ will disappear from the street corners and dark alleys and instead focus on their job of protecting and serving the people.
I have high hopes that it will materialize, since with all the benefits and unprecedented salary hike accorded to the military and uniformed personnel, thanks to the strong political will of President Rodrigo Duterte who almost singlehandedly pushed for the same, there is every reason for right-thinking police officers to love and secure their profession, not to mention to be motivated enough to show a debt of gratitude to their Commander-in-Chief who made an almost impossible legislation to pass.
Looking back, I can’t help but realize how we – starting from our cadetship in the Philippine Military Academy, all the way to retirement from the uniformed service, were fed, clothed, sheltered, and provided with all the logistical support and more – should have no reason whatsoever not to give back all we can, even our lives to government and the Filipino taxpayers who spent for all that we needed.
That is why it is deplorable, to say the least, when we hear of ranking military and police officers who abuse their positions, steal government funds, and even the meal allowances of their men.
From the Manila Bulletin: The Philippine National Police disclosed it appreciated Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson applauding the current leadership of Director General Oscar Albayalde in dealing with cops accused of extortion. Continue reading “Lacson’s statement a ‘big morale booster’ to PNP — spokesperson [Manila Bulletin]”
Mula sa dating Chief PNP na nakapagpatino ng kapulisan: Pagbati sa magandang simula, at payo para maging tuloy-tuloy ito.
Para magtagumpay ang kampanya kontra krimen, dapat mawala ang tiwali sa PNP
Message to the incoming PNP chief
From the Manila Bulletin: Sen. Lacson commended the PNP leadership for its action against ‘kotong cops,’ and urged it to sustain its internal cleansing. Continue reading “Lacson commends PNP leadership for action on ‘kotong’ policemen [Manila Bulletin]”
Sa halip na smuggling, maaring tangkang pangongotong o tara ang pakay ng nagbitiw na si dating Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon sa akusasyon nito kay Senador Panfilo Lacson.
Lumalabas kasi sa pag-aaral at mga dokumentong nakalap ng tanggapan ng mambabatas na ang mga argumento ni Faeldon tungkol sa akusasyon nito na umano’y technical smuggling ng semento ay taliwas sa mga umiiral na panuntunan.
Related: Smuggling, or technical kotong?
Continue reading “Lacson sa Ex-BOC Chief: Walang Technical Smuggling ng Semento; Attempted Tara, Meron?”
Is it really smuggling? Or is it more like technical kotong?
Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson posed this question to ex-Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon amid his repeated accusations of “smuggling” of cement against his son.
“Is there such a thing as smuggling of cement between ASEAN countries? None, because there is zero tariff for cement under the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Free Trade Area (AFTA), and even the ASEAN-China Free Trade Area (ACFTA),” Lacson said.
Related: Lacson sa ex-BOC chief: Walang technical smuggling ng semento; attempted tara, meron?
Continue reading “Smuggling, or Technical Kotong?”
If you want to seriously fight extortion, start in your own backyard.
This was the “unsolicited” advice of Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson Friday to Mrs. Arroyo, a day after she created a task force against “kotong” (extortion) and colorum vehicles upon the request of the transport sector. Continue reading “Lacson to GMA: Start Fighting Kotong in Your Own Backyard”