At the Kapihan sa Senado forum, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
– return of the Balangiga Bells from the US to PH
– portrayal of PNP leadership in ‘FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano’
– suspension of excise tax on fuel products in 2019
– President Duterte’s supposed ‘power nap’ at the ASEAN Summit
– possible arrest of former First Lady Imelda Marcos
– bringing down VAT and cutting the number of exemptions
– possible Senate inquiry into recent killing of local executives
– rogue cops abusing their authority amid a pay raise starting January 2019
– prospective third telco
– DICT leadership change
– legislation transferring training of police recruits from PPSC to PNP
– ‘rampant corruption’ at Customs
– possible extension of martial law in Mindanao
Quotes from the interview… Continue reading “Kapihan sa Senado forum | Nov. 15, 2018”
At the Senate hearing on the budget of the DILG for 2019, Sen. Lacson called for a stop to the shameful racket involving ‘overpriced’ fire extinguishers. He also said the DILG has a big role to play in ending the pork barrel system and the dole-out mentality.
Instead of killing street pushers, the Philippine National Police and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency must exhaust efforts to arrest them, so they can lead to the big-time suppliers of illegal drugs.
Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson offered this formula to the two agencies so they can deal the drug trade a major blow.
“Don’t kill the street pushers; arrest them. Make them lead you to the big-time suppliers, then finish the job by engaging those suppliers in a shootout. Get another street pusher and continue the cycle,” Lacson said in a post on his Twitter account on Thursday. Continue reading “Lacson to PNP, PDEA: Let street pushers lead to big-time drug suppliers”
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]”
Starting January 2019, when the salary increase of policemen takes effect in compliance with Joint Resolution No. 1, it bears watching if ‘kotong cops’ will disappear from the street corners and dark alleys and instead focus on their job of protecting and serving the people.
I have high hopes that it will materialize, since with all the benefits and unprecedented salary hike accorded to the military and uniformed personnel, thanks to the strong political will of President Rodrigo Duterte who almost singlehandedly pushed for the same, there is every reason for right-thinking police officers to love and secure their profession, not to mention to be motivated enough to show a debt of gratitude to their Commander-in-Chief who made an almost impossible legislation to pass.
Looking back, I can’t help but realize how we – starting from our cadetship in the Philippine Military Academy, all the way to retirement from the uniformed service, were fed, clothed, sheltered, and provided with all the logistical support and more – should have no reason whatsoever not to give back all we can, even our lives to government and the Filipino taxpayers who spent for all that we needed.
That is why it is deplorable, to say the least, when we hear of ranking military and police officers who abuse their positions, steal government funds, and even the meal allowances of their men.
From People’s Journal: Lacson practiced leadership by example when he headed the PNP from 1999 to 2001. Under his watch, the PNP became disciplined and efficient. This in turn earned Lacson and the PNP high approval marks from the public. “It is second to none. There is no substitute to it that I know of,” Lacson said of the principle of leadership by example. Continue reading “📰 Editorial: Exemplary leadership [People’s Journal]”
A long hoped-for national ID system that will facilitate the delivery of basic government services while helping fight crime and terrorism.
Such a system, provided for by Republic Act 11055, is the landmark accomplishment of Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson during the first few months of the Senate’s third regular session.
RA 11055, which President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law Aug. 6, harmonizes and integrates some 33 government ID cards into a single system.
Batas Na! Lacson Expects National ID System to Speed Up Transactions, Deter Crime
Lacson-Sponsored Measure Providing Heavier Penalties vs Hazing Signed into Law
Sponsorship Speech: Senate Bill 2031, Rank Classification in the PNP
Lacson Bill Gives Government Stronger Teeth vs Terrorism
Continue reading “National ID System Tops Lacson’s Accomplishment List in 3rd Regular Session”
Mr. President, distinguished colleagues of this august chamber, your Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs has the honor to report back for the consideration and approval of this body, Senate Bill 2031 under Committee Report No. 483, authored by this representation, Sen. Grace Poe, and Sen. Sonny Angara, entitled:
An Act Providing for the Rank Classification in the Philippine National Police, Amending for the Purpose Section 28 of RA 6975, as Amended, Otherwise Known as the Department of Interior and Local Government Act of 1990.
As a brief background, Sec. 28 of RA 6975 or the Department of Interior and Local Government Act of 1990 provides that the rank classification of the members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) are as follows: Director General; Deputy Director General; Director; Chief Superintendent; Senior Superintendent; Superintendent; Chief Inspector; Senior Inspector; Inspector; Senior Police Officer 4 or SPO4; SPO3; SPO2 and SPO1; and Police Officer 3 or PO3, PO2, and PO1.
Related: Senate Bill 1869, An Act Providing for Rank Classification in the PNP
Continue reading “Sponsorship Speech: Committee Report on Senate Bill 2031 (Rank Classification in the PNP)”
Sen. Lacson’s Opening Statement at the Hearing:
“A person may cause evil to others not only by his actions but by his inactions, and in either case, he is justly accountable to them for the injury.”
This quote from the renowned political and economic thinker John Stuart Mill best captures the rationale of today’s public hearing, which seeks to amend Republic Act 9372, otherwise known as the Human Security Act of 2007.
Senate Bill 1956, the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2018
Lacson Bill Gives Government Stronger Teeth vs Terrorism
Continue reading “Sen. Lacson Chairs the Hearing on the Anti-Terrorism Bill”
Meron ba kayong inspirasyon o hinahangaan sa mga naging pinuno ng pulisya?
“Ang No. 1 para sa akin ay ang dating pinuno ng PNP na si Heneral Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, lalo na kung paano niya binago ang organisasyon ng pulisya sa kanyang kampanya laban sa pangongotong, ang kanyang matatag na pagpasya bilang lider. Kaming mga pulis, mataas man o ordinaryong ranggo, ay hindi pinahihintulutang magkaroon ng malaking tiyan, di pwedeng mas malaki kaysa 34 pulgada ang tiyan o kaya kailangang umalis sa pagpupulis. Superintendente ako sa Pampanga nang si Senador Ping Lacson ay pinuno ng PNP.”
From Wilson Lee Flores’ interview with PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde
Kwentong Panadero (Pilipino Star Ngayon), Sept. 21, 2018
Continue reading “📰 Ang No. 1 para kay PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde [Pilipino Star Ngayon]”