Sen. Lacson visited Pag-Asa Island in the West Philippine Sea on Nov. 20, 2021, in his capacity as chairman of the Senate Committee on National Defense and Security. He learned firsthand the plight of residents there and the bullying by China.
The Senate filed a Petition for Declaratory Relief and Mandamus before the Supreme Court on March 9, 2020, seeking a ruling on the need for Senate concurrence in ending treaties such as the VFA. Sen. Ping Lacson, who was among the petitioners, said the petition will be strengthened by Senate Resolution 337. “We’re not filing this petition in our individual capacity as senators but we’re backed by the whole Senate because of SR 337.”
“Be it resolved as it is hereby resolved, to express as it hereby expresses the sense of the Senate to earnestly request the President to reconsider his planned abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement in the meantime that the Senate is conducting a review and impact assessment with the end in view of ensuring the continued safety and security of the Philippines and the Asia Pacific and maintain the existing balance of power within the region.” (co-author with Senate President Sotto and Sen. Drilon)
From the PNA: Records from the Senate Journal Service showed Senate President Vicente Sotto III, Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri and Senator Panfilo Lacson were present in all of the 229 plenary sessions.
Sen. Lacson receives a token of appreciation from representatives of the Sandigan ng Mga Empleyadong Nagkakaisa sa Adhikain ng Demokratikong Organisasyon (SENADO), during their courtesy call at his Senate office on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018.