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Letter to the Editor: Who is the real obstructionist here? [Manila Standard]

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To the Manila Standard: Please allow us to disabuse the minds of the public regarding the column of Mr. Ernesto Hilario where he extensively quotes statements from the House Speaker and his deputies, including the accusation that Senator Lacson is an obstructionist β€œout to derail the reform programs of President Duterte.” Nothing could be further from the truth.

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‘Do Not Test Our Patience’: At the Hearing on ‘Ninja Cops’

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At the Senate hearing on ‘ninja cops,’ Sen. Lacson questioned the seeming lack of action against the police personnel involved a controversial anti-drug operation in 2013. He also nearly moved to have a police officer cited in contempt for not being forthright.

Related: ‘Masyadong Mahalay’: At the Hearing on Corruption and Recycling of Drugs
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Interview on DZMM: ‘Pinakamasayang Tao Kung Walang Pork sa 2020 Budget’; Parents Welfare Act of 2019 | Oct. 1, 2019

In an interview on DZMM, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
– House’s claims the 2020 budget is pork-free: “Ako ang pinakamasaya kung mawala ang pork!
– SB 29, Proposed Parents Welfare Act of 2019

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Fight is Against Pork and Corruption, Nothing More

My fight is against ‘pork’ and corruption, and nothing more. It is never about the House or its members, even if some of them take turns in insisting otherwise.

For one, the chair of the House Appropriations Committee, Rep. Sid Ungab, is one of their many decent members whom Rep. Villafuerte tried to undermine by attempting to withdraw the budget measure from his committee, but held his ground and rejected his malevolent move.

As for Rep. Villafuerte and his claim of a ‘ceasefire,’ for once he should stop prevaricating. How could I not honor something that I did not have knowledge about? He should not put words into my mouth then comment on it himself.

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Interview on DWIZ: Patay Kung Patay vs Pork! | Sept. 28, 2019

In an interview on DWIZ, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
‘Patay kung patay!’ Dealing with ‘organized’ moves by pork proponents
– pork proponents’ violation and twisting of the 1987 Constitution
– death threats vs Mayor Benjie Magalong

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FICTIONAL?? Read Rep. Castro’s Lobby Letter to Sen. Lacson

In a letter dated Sept. 19, 2019, Capiz Rep. Fredenil Castro lobbied with Sen. Lacson for financial assistance to construct a municipal building for Dumalag town, costing P258 million. The stamp indicating the time and date it was received at Sen. Lacson’s office belies Castro’s claim that the lobbying was ‘fictional.’

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#PingSays: Tuloy ang Pagbusisi sa Budget! | Sept. 26, 2019

In an interview, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
– ‘ceasefire’ with some House members on 2020 budget
– call from the House to cut the Senate’s budget
– passage of 2020 budget in the Senate in 2-3 weeks

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On the Whining and Howling over ‘Pork’

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I was alone in this fight against pork for a long time. Now that many like-minded colleagues in the Senate are equally committed to do the same, with more reason I should be more vigilant.

The whining and howling of Congressman Castro and his like-minded colleagues will not distract me from performing my mandate of scrutinizing the budget measure.

As for those House members who abused the hard-earned money of taxpayers for the longest time that they availed of ‘pork,’ they are the ones who should apologize to the Filipino people.

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At the Hearing of the Senate Public Order and Dangerous Drugs Committee

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At the hearing of the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs, Sen. Lacson stressed the need for proactive measures to prevent the recruitment of students, especially minors, to the New People’s Army by its legal fronts.

Yung point ko lang, magkaroon tayo ng proactive move para matigilan ang ultimate objective ng nagre-recruit na isali sa NPA. Pag naroon at armado na, nasa point of no return kasi pwede makasagupa ng sundalo at pulis.”

“This is (an) internal security and law enforcement problem. Balik tayo sa battle for hearts and minds.”

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Interview on DWIZ: On Arming Firefighters vs Enemies of the State | Aug. 3, 2019

In an interview on DWIZ, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
– arming BFP firefighters to fight enemies of the state
– President Duterte’s ‘reply’ to Sen. Gordon’s statement
– irregularities and corruption at PCSO, DOH, PhilHealth
– Pastor Quiboloy’s reported comments
– allowing Sen. de Lima to take part in legislative work via teleconferencing

Quotes from the interview…
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