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📰 Editorial: Bank secrecy exemption [Philippine Star]

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From The Philippine Star: As long as there are sectors pushing for a genuine anti-corruption campaign, proponents of the reform must not lose hope.

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PingBills | Senate Bill 30, The Anti-Political Dynasty Act of 2019

“It is hereby declared the policy of the State to guarantee equal access and opportunity to public office and service to the public. Towards this end, the Statte adopts a policy of prohibiting political dynasties … to give force and effect to this policy and prevent the concentration of political power to a limited few.”

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PingBills | Senate Bill 29, Parents Welfare Act of 2019

“While government is doing its best in providing support in the form of food and shelter as well as enacting legislations like the Senior Citizens Act, it cannot be over-emphasized that taking care of the elderly members of the society is not only the function of government, but rather it is a shared responsibility of government and the children of said elderly.”

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PingBills | Senate Bill 28, Imposing Heavier Penalties on Lying Witnesses

“False testimonies and sworn statements are sometimes being used to support malicious complaints with the intent of harassing and persecuting innocent persons. This pernicious practice is aimed not only to harass innocent persons but also to put them behind bars and make their families suffer… It is noteworthy that because of these untruthful and inconsistent statements, we have witnessed how some men were robbed of their youth and freedom for a long period of time only to be freed later on account that the reason for their incarceration was based on a ‘polluted source.'”

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PingBills | Senate Bill 27, An Act Reinstituting the Death Penalty in the Philippines

“The alarming surge of heinous crimes in recent years has shown that reclusion perpetua (life imprisonment), in lieu of death penalty, is not a deterrent to grave offenders.”

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PingBills | Ping: Presidente, Gov’t Officials Ekis na sa Bank Secrecy Law

Papayagan na ang awtoridad na silipin ang mga bank accounts ng mga matataas na opisyal ng pamahalaan, kabilang na ang Pangulo, sa oras na maisabatas ang panukalang inihain ni Senador Panfilo Lacson.

Layunin ng Senate Bill 26 na amyendahan ang ilang nilalaman ng Republic Act 1405 o ang Bank Secrecy Law bunga na rin ng pagiging “madamot” nito sa publiko kaugnay sa mga detalye ng bank accounts ng mga mga opisyal at kawani ng pamahalaan.

Ang bahaging nagbabawal sa mga bangko na isiwalat ang mga bank accounts ng mga opisyal, halal man o itinalaga, at mga kawani ng pamahalaan ang nais ni Lacson na mabago batay sa nilalaman ng kanyang panukala.

Related: PingBills | Nowhere to Hide: Lacson Bill Removes Bank Secrecy Act Protection for Gov’t Officials, Employees
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PingBills | Nowhere to Hide: Lacson Bill Removes Bank Secrecy Act Protection for Gov’t Officials, Employees

Government officials and employees who enrich themselves while in office will now have a harder time hiding their ill-gotten wealth, with a bill filed by Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson excluding all public servants from the Bank Secrecy Law.

Lacson’s Senate Bill 26 strips public servants of the “protection” from Republic Act 1405, which prohibits disclosure or inquiry into bank deposits as a general rule.

He noted the Bank Secrecy Act’s provision prohibiting the disclosure of or inquiry to bank deposits has frequently been exploited to “hamper and stall investigations” of government officials and employees suspected of enriching themselves while in public office.

Related: PingBills | Ping: Presidente, Gov’t Officials Ekis na sa Bank Secrecy Law
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PingBills | Ping: Pag Prepaid SIM Cards Rehistrado, Sigurado Walang Makapanloloko

Kapag rehistrado ang SIM card ng mobile device ng isang tao, hindi niya ito basta-bastang magagamit sa paggawa ng krimen at ibang ilegal na aktibidad, lalo na ang panloloko sa kapwa para magkapera lamang.

Ito ang pangunahing nilalaman ng Senate Bill 25 o “Prepaid Subscriber Identity Module Cards Regulations Act of 2019” na inihain ni Senador Panfilo Lacson.

Kabilang sa mga layunin ng Senate Bill 25 ang sugpuin ang krimen at mga kabulastugang nagaganap gamit ang mga mobile gadgets gaya ng cellular phones, sa harap na rin ng katotohanan na nahihirapan ang mga awtoridad na ma-monitor at makontrol ang nagaganap na abuso sa mga makabagong teknolohiya ng komunikasyon.

Related: PingBills | To Stop ‘Tapon-SIM’ Scams, Crimes: Lacson Files Bill Requiring Prepaid SIM Card Registration
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PingBills | To Stop ‘Tapon-SIM’ Scams, Crimes: Lacson Files Bill Requiring Prepaid SIM Card Registration

A bill by Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson may finally help stop online scams and so-called “Tapon-SIM” crimes where criminals use prepaid SIM cards that can be disposed of to throw law enforcers off their trail.

Senate Bill 25, dubbed the “Prepaid Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) Cards Regulations Act of 2019,” requires the registration of prepaid SIM cards to prevent their illegal or malicious use.

“Not only is this prepaid SIM card easily accessible, i.e., it can be bought almost anywhere, the owners thereof can likewise easily evade detection since prepaid SIM cards are virtually undetectable. Due to this, unscrupulous individuals almost always take advantage of the same in the pursuit of their criminal activities to the detriment not only of a particular interest but that of the whole nation,” Lacson, who as a law enforcer had fought kidnap-for-ransom gangs that used such ‘Tapon-SIM’ tactics, said in his bill.

Related: PingBills | Ping: Pag Prepaid SIM Cards Rehistrado, Sigurado Walang Makapanloloko
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PingBills | Ping: Publiko, Isali Na sa Pagbusisi sa Pambansang Badyet

Kung isasali ang publiko sa pagsusuri ng mga miyembro ng Mataas at Mababang Kapulungan ng Kongreso sa paghubog ng pambansang gastusin ng pamahalaan taun-taon, mas mahirapang makakalusot ang tangkang pagpapakasasa sa kaban ng bayan ng mga mambabatas na makakapal ang mukha.

Malinaw itong nakasaad sa Senate Bill 24 na inihain ni Senador Panfilo Lacson, kung saan ay pinapahintulutan ang publiko na makapanood nang personal at makasali sa talakayan ng mga mambabatas sa pambansang badyet mula sa komite hanggang sa bicameral conference committee.

“Now is the time for Congress to recognize the importance of the direct participation by people’s organizations and non-government organizations in the budget deliberation,” paliwanag ni Lacson sa kanyang panukala.

Dapat din ma-institutionalize ang legislature-civil society collaboration “to achieve a people-oriented budget as well as establish transparency and accountability in the budget process,” dagdag ni Lacson.

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