Lacson tells critics: I’m not posturing for 2022 polls

Robie de Guzman   •   June 24, 2019   •   1083

Senator Panfilo Lacson

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Panfilo Lacson on Monday denied he is already posturing for the elections in the year 2022 amid his being active in Twitter.

“To those accusing me of posturing for 2022, I am not. I am just myself – mostly serious, sometimes funny, naughty, controversial, dull, boring,” he said in a post.

Lacson made the remark after his critics accused him of already preparing to run in the next polls with his recent statements against the actions of the Duterte administration.

The former Philippine National Police chief turned lawmaker first sought the presidency in 2004 but lost to President Gloria Arroyo. He attempted to run again in 2016 but he backed out and ran for a Senate seat instead.

Lacson explained to his followers why he enjoys using Twitter.

“I love Twitter. It makes me think, fact-check, google and learn. As of this hour, I have 22,218 followers; following 374; blocked 448,” he said.

As of posting, Lacson’s followers have increased to over 23,500. Since joining Twitter in February 2015, Lacson has so far made 821 tweets, followed 374 accounts and blocked 448.

On Saturday, the senator also gave a “sound advice” on how to deal with a basher that you can’t ignore.

“Insult him back hard enough. Give him what he deserves,” he said.

“Kill him by natural cause, or make his blood boil to suffer a stroke,” he added.

“Never mind if you’re dealing with a troll. For all you know, you’re hitting a real person,” he concluded.

Lacson has been using Twitter to share his thoughts and issue a statement on various issues. (with details from Nel Maribojoc)

#RIPMamba: Celebrities, fans pay tribute to Kobe

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 27, 2020

Celebrities and fans of Kobe Bryant took to the internet to express their shock and grief at the sudden loss of the 41-year-old Lakers legend and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna who died in a helicopter accident on Sunday (January 26).

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My heart hurts writing this…Still remember watching your early morning workout in LA in 96′ just before your 1st Laker press conference. Was fortunate enough down the road to compete on the same court as you in Manila 11′. And even later sharing conversations with you during your Nike trips here, the last being you meeting my son and us laughing about being parents now….Always had the utmost respect for your work ethic, incredible will, and just relentless pursuit to be a CHAMPION. It served as daily inspiration for me throughout my career, and even now making the transition into coaching. My deepest prayers condolences go out to your family and loved ones. You left an indelible mark on my life, and millions of others…You will be missed…🙏💔🐍 #RIPKobe #RIPGigi #Legend #Icon #Mamba#GoneTooSon #HugYourLovedOnes

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Lacson says proposed 2020 budget still tainted with pork barrel

Robie de Guzman   •   December 11, 2019

Senator Panfilo Lacson

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Panfilo Lacson on Wednesday said the proposed 2020 national budget signed by the congressional bicameral conference committee is still tainted with pork barrel.

In a statement, Lacson noted that “bad habits are indeed hard to break,” as he revealed some of the budget insertions allegedly made by the House of Representatives before the bicameral conference committee approved the report on the proposed P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020.

“It is revolting to note that legislators keep on dipping their dirty fingers on our national budget in spite of pending cases involving the same issue,” he said.

The senator said he did not attend the signing of the report on the budget bill which was held during a meeting at a hotel in Makati City.

He mentioned that one reason why he skipped the meeting was because his office received a USB containing two files – the “Source” file and the “List” file – from the Lower House on Tuesday night.

“Our preliminary scrutiny of the last-minute insertions made by the House would indicate that the Source File is the list of 1,253 budget items worth P83.219B that was apparently used as the congressmen’s ‘source’ of their ‘list’ of 742 projects worth P16.345B that were inserted in the bicam report that was signed by both panels this morning,” he said.

“Since there is no preliminary explanation from the House regarding the two files, we cannot ascertain if indeed only P16.345B or the bigger amount of P83.219B was inserted at the last minute prior to the bicam signing,” he added.

He continued with: “What is clear, though, is that there are still lump sums and vaguely described projects that are now part of the bicam report.”

Lacson said that their initial check of the files showed that the top provinces with huge allocations include:

  • Albay – P670M
  • Cavite – P580M
  • Sorsogon – P570M
  • Batangas – P502M
  • Bulacan – P440M
  • Pangasinan – P420M
  • Cebu – P410M

He also claimed that 117 flood control projects worth P3.179-billion dominated the insertions, “with eight projects uniformly budgeted at P60 million each.”

“There are more corruption-driven insertions in the Files sent to us that I have not mentioned. Thus, we will continue to diligently scrutinize it and inform the DBM and the Office of the President as I have high hopes that President Rodrigo Duterte will again display his aversion to corruption,” he added.

“Pork is here to stay. I hope the President will again exercise his political will in vetoing line items that will obviously waste people’s tax money,” he further stated.

Lacson files bill seeking creation of PH Judicial Marshal Service

Robie de Guzman   •   December 2, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Panfilo Lacson has filed a bill seeking the creation of the Philippine Judicial Marshal Service that would secure the officers and personnel of the judiciary.

In filing Senate Bill 1209, Lacson said it is high-time that Congress ensures the protection of incumbent judges and justices “so they can do their jobs independently and without fear of retaliation.

The lawmaker said no less than Supreme Court Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta emphasized the need for judicial marshals to serve as the law enforcement arm of the Court, similar to the Supreme Court of the United States Police and United States Marshal.

Lacson noted that in the last two decades, at least 31 members of the judiciary were reportedly, five of which happened during the Duterte administration.

“This legislative measure seeks to create a Philippine Judicial Marshal Service under the control and jurisdiction of the Supreme Court whose primary function is to protect, safeguard, watch over, provide security, and ensure the safety of justices, judges, court officials and personnel, and the various halls of justice, courthouses and other court buildings and properties all over the country,” he said in his explanatory note of the measure.

“Further, said Marshal Service shall likewise, have the authority to conduct threat assessments and undertake investigations of crimes and other offenses committed, including potential security threats,” he added.

The bill also mandates the Philippine Judicial Marshal Service to investigate allegations of irregularities, including graft and corruption, committed by justices, judges, court officials and personnel.

“The Philippine Judicial Marshal Service shall likewise assist in the execution and implementation of court orders,” the bill states.

The service shall be headed by the Chief Marshal, who shall have the same rank of a Court of Appeals associate justice. Assisting the Chief Marshal are three Deputy Marshals – one each for Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Each Deputy Marshal shall have the same rank as a Regional Trial Court judge.

The measure requires the Chief Marshal and Deputy Marshals to be a lawyer and must have been at least a full Colonel in the Armed Forces of the Philippines or the Philippine National Police.

Both officers shall be appointed by the Supreme Court en banc and shall serve until age 65.

An initial funding of P50 million from the National Treasury will be appropriated for the wages and other expenses of personnel, and for supplies and equipment.

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