To The Manila Times: Please allow us to set the record straight and disabuse the minds of your readers regarding the column of Mr. Rolly G. Reyes last March 7 where he made personal attacks against Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson – including his claim that the senator’s disclosures on pork barrel are due to a supposed fixation on Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Continue reading “✉ Letter to the Editor: On Senator Lacson’s alleged ‘fixation’ [Manila Times]”
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.
Related: In the Spirit of Transparency: Lacson Details Institutional Amendments to 2019 Budget
Continue reading “A Closer Look: Institutional Amendments to the 2019 Budget”
To The Manila Times: This is in connection with the column of Mr. Rigoberto Tiglao published on Dec. 21, 2018, where he made several baseless accusations and innuendoes against Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson.
Continue reading “✉ Letter to the Editor: Senator Lacson seeks to set the record straight [Manila Times]”
Sen. Lacson’s essay on Yolanda/Haiyan, five years after, as published in The Manila Times: “In sum, Haiyan is one chapter in my public service career I will never forget — extremely difficult, many times frustrating, yet satisfying only because I worked with very competent staff and consultants who didn’t mind the limitations imposed by our own government in all aspects.” Continue reading “Haiyan: An Unforgettable Chapter in My Public Service Career [published in The Manila Times]”
From The Manila Times: Sen. Lacson’s Senate Bill 44 is one of the bills being backed by the Department of Finance to reform the country’s outdated property valuation system.
Related: Lacson Bill Sets Unified Standards, Processes for Land Valuation
Continue reading “📰 Property valuation reforms pushed by DOF [Manila Times]”
I based my figure (PHP4.58 billion project cost as submitted by AECOM) on facts; Mr. Tiglao based his on opinion, and said “Basta” with an exclamation point. Pray tell me if it’s worth arguing with him.
For the longest time, the Senate has been renting the use of its building from the Government Service Insurance System, and its parking lot from the Social Security System. For nearly 20 years, it has been paying rental fees worth P127 million per year or P2.24 billion.
Thus, the cost of our lease payments have become enough to construct a permanent, iconic home for the Senate.
More importantly, this project is not for me or any member of the present Senate in the 17th Congress, but for the future generations of legislators and the Filipino people, just like the other iconic landmarks built by our forefathers that continue to symbolize our culture.
With all due respect to Mr. Bobi Tiglao, he got his info wrong. One major consideration why AECOM won over Henning Larsen, their nearest competitor, and the three other finalists is their project cost which is the lowest at P4.58 billion (if I remember correctly).
Anyway, the P127-million-per-year rental that the Senate is paying GSIS for a subpar legislative building is our main reason for finding a need to look for a new and permanent home.
Having said that, several attempts were made to find a permanent home for the Senate in the past 18 years. It’s only now, after my colleagues tasked me in an adopted resolution as Accounts Committee Chair to make it happen.
I am one who makes sure to accomplish a task assigned to me. That has always been my training and I will not back down unless my colleagues tell me in another resolution to stop pursuing the same.
From the Manila Times: Lacson said he found the claim of those saying that a national ID would infringe on people’s right to privacy inconsistent, noting that personal information are contained in passports, drivers’ licenses and other government issued IDs.
National ID bill may become law before end-June
National ID measure tackled at bicameral conference committee level
Continue reading “📰 Lacson downplays security, privacy ‘threats’ of national ID system [Manila Times]”
From The Manila Times: THE Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) is open to the proposal to reduce its mandatory contributions to other government agencies. Continue reading “📰 PCSO open to charter amendment [Manila Times]”