First, I certainly hope the Integrated Bar of the Philippines will give the same amount of attention and assistance to anybody seeking legal assistance. Otherwise, they might be misunderstood as engaging in political partisanship, which could punch a hole and deflate their credibility.
By their admission, they haven’t evaluated Bikoy’s accusations, yet they provided him their facility and a forum to air his accusations.
As far as the Senate, we will await his sworn statement and whatever supporting evidence he has, after which we will evaluate and proceed from there. If it merits a Senate inquiry, we definitely will conduct one to hear him and more, if any.
In an interview on ANC, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
– reported arrest of ‘person of interest’ in the uploading of ‘tunay na narco list’ video
– Senate Bill 2219, encouraging public participation in budgeting process
– PRRD’s taking up WPS issue with Chinese President Xi
– illegal Chinese workers and SMEs
Quotes from the interview…
Continue reading “Interview on ANC | May 2, 2019”
From Jarius Bondoc’s column in The Philippine Star: “Dumb and cruel,” (Sen. Lacson) calls the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency’s disclosure of 207 barangay men allegedly using or pushing narcotics. Continue reading “📰 Intelligence isn’t investigation [Philippine Star]”
To the Inquirer: This is in connection with the letter (5/4/18) from retired Philippine Air Force chief Lt. Gen. Antonio Sotelo, where he questioned Sen. Panfilo Lacson’s statement about the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency making public the list of barangay officials linked to illegal drugs. Continue reading “✉ Letter to the Editor: ‘Wisdom in Lacson’s warning’ [Inquirer]”
From CNN Philippines: “Dumb and cruel,” that’s how Senator Ping Lacson described the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)’s release of the administration’s so-called narco-list.
Related: Sen. Lacson at the Kapihan sa Senado
Continue reading “🌐 Lacson: Release of narco list ‘dumb and cruel’ [CNN Philippines]”
At the Kapihan sa Senado forum, Sen. Lacson answers questions on:
– Ombudsman’s resolution on P6.4B shabu shipment
– PDEA’s releasing of narco list
– Assessment of the government’s anti-drug war
– Charter change and shift to federalism
– CJ Sereno’s impeachment
– PH-Kuwait ties
– Blue Ribbon committee issues
– Senate transfer
– Senate leadership change
Quotes from the interview…
Continue reading “Kapihan sa Senado forum | May 3, 2018”
An intelligence report must be treated as “Confidential,” even as a “Secret” or “Top Secret” document, depending on its security classification. A narco list, just like an Order of Battle, is a product of an intelligence workshop and is disseminated only to personnel with the corresponding security clearance. Hence, making it public would not only warn those in the list – thus jeopardizing any ongoing intelligence operations – but also unnecessarily shame them or put their lives at risk. Having said that, it may also be unfair to those who may not be correctly tagged as committing the wrongdoings as described in the intelligence document.
It goes without saying that the credibility of that list and all other narco lists involving other sectors for that matter have now become doubtful. An immediate review of all the narco lists is in order. As I said, the President or any official making a classified document public is ill-advised and will not serve the purpose for which it was prepared.