Tag: President Rodrigo Duterte

#PingSays: ‘Shared’ House Speakership; Death Penalty Bill; Sen. Bato | July 9, 2019

In an interview, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
possible effects of a ‘shared’ House Speakership
– possible ‘pork’ in the budget,ย amending the 1987 Constitution
– Senate’s continued independence even with ‘the President’s men’
– passage of death penalty bill
– Sen dela Rosa’s ‘S*** happens’ statement

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Interview on DZBB/GMA News TV: WPS Issue a Matter of Nationalism | June 30, 2019

In an interview on DZBB/GMA News TV, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
โ€“ Nationalism amid West Philippine Sea row
โ€“ On possibly bigger graft case at PhilHealth
โ€“ Corruption at the Bureau of Customs

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WPS: Opinions, Decisions on the Mutual Defense Treaty

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On the Mutual Defense Treaty, while my opinion is different from the Presidentโ€™s, it doesnโ€™t matter much which one is right or wrong; it is who is making the decision which in this case, obviously, he is the one.

As for me, I always express my opinion on what I think is right, not when it is popular. In some peopleโ€™s minds, highly partisan as they are, that is lack of conviction.

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On the President’s Stance on the West Philippine Sea Issue

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It is a good development that the President has subsequently corrected himself by saying that he cannot prevent incursions of foreign fishing vessels within the Exclusive Economic Zone because even if he wants to, we donโ€™t have the capability nor the capacity to do it, not to mention that the arbitral ruling is unenforceable in the first place; and that the Philippines merely exercises sovereign right, not sovereignty over the areas within the EEZ. I agree with the President in this regard.ย Having said that, to allow is not the same as not being able to prevent.

Further, calling on the United States – with whom we have a Mutual Defense Treaty – and other western allies to help check China in the WPS is proper given the prevailing circumstances, contrary to some narrow-minded critics that such move is a sure formula for war.

On the other hand, maintaining the balance of power in the WPS will prevent rather that ignite war. Why? No two superpowers would go to war in this day and age of nuclear technology for the simple reason of its โ€˜zero-sumโ€™ outcome.

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Kapihan sa Senado forum | June 19, 2019

At the Kapihan sa Senado forum, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
โ€“ irregularities involving the PhilHealth board and Chairman Francisco Duque III
โ€“ maritime ‘hit-and-run’ at the West Philippine Sea
โ€“ dealing with ‘critics’

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#PingSays: On China’s Maritime Hit-and-Run: ‘We were tested…’ | June 18, 2019

Could the sinking of a Philippine fishing boat by a Chinese vessel in the West Philippine Sea last June 9 have been a ‘test’? Did the Philippines pass or fail?

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Interview on CNN Philippines: Maritime ‘Hit-and-Run’ at West Philippine Sea; New Irregularity at PhilHealth | June 18, 2019

In an interview on CNN Philippines, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
โ€“ President Duterte’s take on the ‘hit-and-run’ at the West Philippine Sea
โ€“ newly discovered irregularity involving the PhilHealth board

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On the President’s Take on the Sinking of a PH boat by a Chinese Vessel

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It is disappointing to say the least, not much by his insulting remark but his self-limiting course of action which disregards an effective โ€˜weaponโ€™ in our arsenal. It is found in the Mutual Defense Treaty.

No less than US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said as much very recently – that the US and the Philippines have an obligation under such treaty to respond accordingly if a vessel belonging to either party, military or civilian is attacked in the West Philippine Sea which according to him is within the area of the Pacific.

As I said in my tweet, I am not praying for World War III, but at least a strong presence of the US Pacific fleet in the WPS can make China feel the balance of power in that area.

On Claims that the Mutual Defense Treaty Requires an Armed Attack for the US/PH to Act

Nevertheless, as a result of the Reed Bank incident, the Mutual Defense Treaty can be used as a proactive and preemptive measure to justify US presence in order to avert whatever possible armed hostilities that could take place in the West Philippine Sea.

As I said earlier, the incident last week has already happened. But it serves as an eye opener for possible armed confrontation between our Armed Forces of the Philippines or Coast Guard and the Chinese military.

Hence, the presence of US military in the West Philippine Sea can still accomplish the balance of power that I am talking about.

That kind of backward thinking by Sec. Nograles and Mr. Panelo is why we are in this situation. We should not wait for an armed aggression against our vessels to occur before we invoke the treaty.

Proactive thinking by way of increased US presence in the area is logical because of the prevailing situation in the West Philippine Sea. As I said, what we are trying to accomplish is balance of power.

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Interview on DWIZ: On Chinese Vessel Sinking PH Boat; Sen-elect Bong Go’s Help vs ‘Pork’ | June 15, 2019

In an interview on DWIZ, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
โ€“ sinking of a Philippine fishing boat by a Chinese vessel
โ€“ corruption at PhilHealth
โ€“ Sen-elect Bong Go’s potential help vs pork

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๐Ÿ“ฐ If PRRD solves EDSA traffic problem, airport woes, he deserves to be President for life โ€“ Lacson [Manila Bulletin]

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From the Manila Bulletin: โ€œIf PRRD delivers on just these two promises, (1) to cut travel time from Cubao to Makati to 5 minutes within 6 months and; (2) to eliminate flight delays in NAIA within one month, for being superhuman, he deserves to be president for life,โ€ Lacson told reporters in a text message.
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