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Lacson: P9 Billion in ‘Pork’ Lump Sum Now Available for Urgent Items in 2019 Budget

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At least P9 billion in “pork” lump sums will now be available for “urgent” items in the proposed P3.7-trillion budget for 2019, after Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson moved for this Tuesday evening.

The P9 billion represents the increase in the Assistance to Local Government Unit (ALGU), after the proposed national budget went through the House of Representatives.

“Yung P9 billion, baka pwede ma-realign natin to other items in the budget,” Lacson said during his interpellation of the budget of the Department of Interior and Local Government for the coming year.

He pointed out the DILG did not propose the additional P9 billion for the ALGU, nor had a role in evaluating it. Continue reading “Lacson: P9 Billion in ‘Pork’ Lump Sum Now Available for Urgent Items in 2019 Budget”

Ping: Ombudsman Puwede Nang Imbestigahan ang ‘Pork’ Insertions

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Kailangan na ring mag-imbestiga ang Ombudsman sa maeskandalong pagkakabunyag sa ‘pork insertions’ ng mga kongresistang kadikit ng kasalukuyang pamunuan sa Mababang Kapulungan ng Kongreso.

Ito ang naging mensahe ni Senador Panfilo Lacson, makaraang inguso ni House Majority Leader Rolanda Andaya Jr. ang isang contractor na umano’y nakakopo na sa mga proyekto sa susunod na taon kahit hindi pa aprubado ang 2019 national budget.

Sa kanyang Twitter post, inihayag ni Lacson na puwede nang manghimasok ang Ombudsman, bukod pa sa maaring gawin ng Kongreso matapos ang pagbubunyag ni Andaya.

“Expose pa more! A single contractor bagging 30 flood control projects worth billions of pesos calls for a congressional inquiry/Ombudsman investigation. Thank God I found an unlikely ‘ally’ in Cong. Andaya,” saad ni Lacson.

Related: Lacson: Time for Ombudsman to Step into ‘Pork’ Insertion Mess
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Lacson: Time for Ombudsman to Step into ‘Pork’ Insertion Mess

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With exposes on “pork” in the proposed P3.7-trillion budget for 2019 now coming out left and right, it may be time for new Ombudsman Samuel Martires to step into the picture.

Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson said this Tuesday as he thanked an unlikely ally for revealing that a single contractor hogged no less 30 flood control projects worth billions of pesos.

Lacson said both the House of Representatives and the Office of the Ombudsman can conduct their own probes into the revelations.

“Expose pa more! A single contractor bagging 30 flood control projects worth billions of pesos calls for a congressional inquiry/Ombudsman investigation. Thank God I found an unlikely ‘ally’ in Cong. Andaya,” Lacson said in a post on his Twitter account.

Related: Ping: Ombudsman Puwede Nang Imbestigahan ang ‘Pork’ Insertions
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Interview on DZBB | Dec. 9, 2018

In an interview on DZBB, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
– ‘pork’ in the 2019 budget
– acquittal of former Sen. Ramon ‘Bong’ Revilla Jr.
– possible extension of martial law in Mindanao

Quotes from the interview… Continue reading “Interview on DZBB | Dec. 9, 2018”

At a Glance: ‘Pork’ in the Assistance to LGUs (ALGU) Fund

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In his interpellation of the 2019 budget’s general principles, Sen. Lacson raised questions on the possible grave abuse of discretion by lawmakers in the Assistance for LGUs.

Related: Interpellation of the 2019 national budget: Possible ‘pork’ in ALGU fund
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Interview on DZBB | Dec. 6, 2018

In an interview on DZBB, Sen. Lacson answered questions on ‘pork’ in the 2019 budget.

Quotes from the interview… Continue reading “Interview on DZBB | Dec. 6, 2018”

At a Glance: Pork in the Proposed 2019 National Budget

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In his interpellation of the 2019 budget at the Senate, Sen. Lacson pointed out instances of “pork” in the 2019 budget. “There is pork, there is pork, there is pork!

Related: Interpellation of the 2019 budget: There is pork, there is pork, there is pork!
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Interpellation of the 2019 national budget: “There is pork, there is pork, there is pork!”

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In his interpellation of the 2019 budget’s general principles, Sen. Lacson raised the issue of pork in the P3.7-trillion budget for 2019:
* Tulong Dunong
* P60 million per House member
* P1.54 billion for one House member; P1.69 billion for another

Related: At a Glance: Pork in the Proposed 2019 Budget
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On the Tight Deliberation Schedule for the 2019 Budget

This is a very quick manifestation regarding the forthcoming budget deliberations. We are in receipt of the tentative plenary schedule and I noticed that as proposed, we have to close the period of interpellation on Friday, Dec. 7, this Friday.

There are 271 items on the agenda, meaning agencies and offices. Even assuming that we work 24 hours a day, Mr. President, 271 divided by 72 (hours), which is the equivalent of three days, we have to tackle 3.76 agencies in one hour.

So translated into minutes – 60 minutes – which is the equivalent of 1 hour, we will have to finish one agency, one office in 15 minutes. This is assuming we won’t have any breakfast break, we don’t have any lunch break, no dinner break, no weewee, no meryenda.

Still it is impossible to accomplish this. So I would like to suggest that we have to rethink our position on the package of the 2019 budget, Mr. President. I think we have to discuss this in caucus before we plunge into this kind of schedule.

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Interview on DZBB | Nov. 25, 2018

In an interview on DZBB, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
– possible pork in the 2019 budget
– agreements signed by the Philippines and China
– confirmation hearing for DFA Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

Quotes from the interview… Continue reading “Interview on DZBB | Nov. 25, 2018”