From the Manila Bulletin: This year, Sen. Panfilo Lacson, who has never sought his share of the “pork,” charged that the current budget proposal of P3.7576 trillion includes about P51 billion inserted by lawmakers. He charged that one reason some legislators want the “pork” is they get commissions of 10 percent from the contractors who get to carry out the projects. Continue reading “📰 Editorial: Efforts continue to weed out ‘pork’ from the nat’l budget [Manila Bulletin]”
From Malaya: Two leaders of the House of Representatives nearly came to blows during a heated debate over money and pork last Monday. This was how Sen. Panfilo Lacson, the indefatigable opponent of the pork barrel, described what happened in the lower chamber when the congressmen were discussing, or fighting over, the national budget measure. Continue reading “📰 Editorial: Quarrel over money [Malaya]”
In an interview on DWIZ, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
– the Isulan bombing and Senate Bill 1956 (Anti-Terrorism Act of 2018)
– pork in the proposed 2019 national budget
– need for government to shift its attention to the economy
– President Duterte’s recent strong statements against possible abuses by China
– timetable of Senate relocation
Quotes from the interview… Continue reading “Interview on DWIZ | Sept. 1, 2018”
From ABS-CBN News: Sen. Lacson said some lawmakers do not coordinate with their own local units for proposed projects, which is the normal process for budget allocations. Continue reading “🌐 Road construction without right of way: How ‘pork’ is inserted in budget [ABS-CBN News]”
In an interview on DZMM, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
– Possible pork in the 2019 budget
– SB 1898, transferring police recruits’ training to PNP
Quotes from the interview… Continue reading “Interview on DZMM | Aug. 17, 2018”
From the Inquirer: “If you think pork has left, no it hasn’t left,” said the senator, who renounced pork years ago. Continue reading “📰 Ping: Pork runs into hundreds of billions [Inquirer]”
From the Manila Bulletin: ‘’If not checked, we will be back to the happy ‘pork barrel’ days of legislators in spite of the Supreme Court ruling outlawing the same,’’ Lacson said. Continue reading “📰 Back to ‘happy pork barrel days’ if proposed P3.757-T GAA not checked — Lacson [Manila Bulletin]”
With the policy statement issued by Speaker Arroyo concerning all the congressmen’s earmarks for their respective districts, expect a massive mangling of the National Expenditure Program (NEP).
If not checked, we will be back to the happy ‘pork barrel’ days of legislators in spite of the Supreme Court ruling outlawing the same.
Worse, all the planning involved in the preparation of the national budget will be rendered inutile to the detriment of the medium development plan of the national government, as well as the local development plans submitted by the local government units (LGUs).
I hope some like-minded colleagues in the Senate will also work overtime, as I am determined to do, in scrutinizing the House version of the appropriations bill to expose and slice whatever “pork” there is in whatever form and no matter how deeply hidden, with the end in view of preventing the return of this malevolent practice now declared unconstitutional with finality by the Supreme Court.