Lacson tells critics: I’m not posturing for 2022 polls
Robie de Guzman • June 24, 2019 • 967
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)
China cried foul on Tuesday (August 20) saying it had a right to put out its own views, after Twitter and Facebook said they had dismantled a state-backed social media campaign originating in mainland China that sought to undermine protests in Hong Kong.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang, declined direct comment on the Twitter and Facebook moves, but defended the right of Chinese people and media to make their voices heard over the Hong Kong protests.
Overseas Chinese and students “of course have the right to express their point of view,” he told a daily news briefing.
“What is happening in Hong Kong, and what the truth is, people will naturally have their own judgement. Why is it that China’s official media’s presentation is surely negative or wrong?”
Twitter said on Monday (August 19) it suspended 936 accounts and the operations appeared to be a coordinated state-backed effort originating in China.
Facebook Inc said it had removed accounts and pages from a small network after a tip from Twitter. It said that its investigation found links to individuals associated with the Chinese government.
Twitter and Facebook have also come under fire from users over showing ads from state-controlled media that criticised the Hong Kong protesters.
In response, Twitter said it would no longer accept advertising from state-controlled news media. (Reuters)
However, rather than having a dialogue, the senator believes it would be better for Duque to explain the issue to the public.
“At the end of the day its between him and God, it’s between him and his conscience, it’s between him and the public,” Lacson told reporters in a briefing on Thursday.
Lacson recently revealed that Duque’s family-owned Doctors Pharmaceuticals company bagged government contracts in 2016 and 2017. He also said that Duque’s family owned the building being leased by PhilHealth in Pangasinan.
Duque has repeatedly denied the allegations, insisting that he already divested from his family’s firm.
The senator also bared that the health chief has been setting up meetings with several congressmen who are allies of former President and House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
It was during Arroyo’s presidency when Duque was appointed as Health secretary in 2005.
“Ang impormasyon ko nakikiusap siya sa kaalyado ng dating Pangulong Arroyo na magkaroon ng pagpupulong sa mga kongresista, kung bakit hindi ko alam,” Lacson said.
(Based on the information I received he is talking with the allies of former President Arroyo to have a meeting with congressmen. Why? I don’t know.)
The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee is set to investigate Duque and other issues dogging the Department of Health and the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Phillhealth).
Lacson hopes that Duque will attend the inquiry to shed some light on these issues, particularly the alleged corruption within Philhealth.
“It seems na meron talagang mafia-like group sa PhilHealth na nagmamanipula ng pondo,” he said.
(It seems there really is a mafia-like group in PhilHealth that manipulates funds.)
Lacson said his exposé about the anomalies in PhilHealth is in response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s challenge to fight corruption, which the chief executive emphasized in his fourth State of the Nation Address last July 22. (with details from Nel Maribojoc)
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