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.”
In an interview with Senate media, Senate President Sotto and Sen. Lacson answer questions on:
– Oversight Committee on Confidential/Intel Funds and DICT Row
– Concerns on 2019-nCoV
“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.
From the Inquirer: “Sotto and Lacson have managed to keep a perfect attendance all throughout the 17th Congress, having accomplished the same in the first and second regular sessions in 2016 and 2017, respectively.”
Continue reading “📰 Perfect attendance for Sotto, Lacson in 17th Congress [Inquirer]”
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.
From the Manila Bulletin: Senate President Vicente Sotto III and Senators Aquilino Pimentel III and Panfilo Lacson have set an example to their colleagues in the Upper Chamber for not being absent or late during the second regular session of the 17th Congress. Continue reading “📰 Sotto, Pimentel, Lacson record perfect attendance in 17th Congress’ 2nd regular session [Manila Bulletin]”
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]”
From The Manila Times: Two senators, Richard Gordon and Panfilo Lacson Sr., demonstrated they were the best of the Senate, at par with the pre-martial law titans of that body such as Jovito Salonga, Jose Diokno, and yes, Benigno Aquino, Jr. If these two get to be presidential timber, I begin to have hope for our unlucky country. Continue reading “📰 The best of the Senate, the worst of the Senate [Manila Times]”