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

Robie de Guzman   •   June 24, 2019   •   1018

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)

Happy Teachers’ Day! Students share appreciation posts online

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 4, 2019

A Filipino elementary school teacher (R) tries to convince a crying student to attend class at the start of the first day of a new school year at the President Corazon C. Aquino Elementary School in Quezon City, east of Manila, Philippines, 05 June 2017. EPA/ROLEX DELA PENA

We often call them ‘ma’am’, ‘sir’, or ‘teacher’ but there are times when we call them ‘mama’, ‘mommy’ or ‘tatay’—a fitting title for their role as our second parents.

Students may forget about the lessons they learned in Math, Science, and in — History, but they will never forget about the teachers who taught them discipline, patience, and perseverance.

In celebration of World Teachers’ Day, appreciation posts are shared on social media to show how much they love their mentors.

Teachers also expressed their gratitude for the love and surprises they received from their students.

Dr. Corazon Santos from Ateneo De Manila University said she remains enthusiastic in teaching because she wants to share the joy of studying.

She also said she had no regrets opening herself to students who are in need of support even outside the classroom.

“Sa mga panahong kailangan natin mag-usap bilang nanay at anak, magkaibigan, o kaya estudyante at titser, bukas ako, (For times when we need to talk as a mother and child, as a friend, or as a teacher and student, I am here),” she said.

The Senate also honored the teachers for their commitment to shaping the future leaders of the country.

READ: Public school teachers to get incentive on World Teachers’ Day

The Department of Education (Deped) has announced they will be distributing P1,000 cash incentive to public school teachers in celebration of Teachers’ Day.—AAC

Bill seeking to penalize children abandoning old, ailing parents filed in Senate

Robie de Guzman   •   September 30, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Panfilo Lacson has filed a bill seeking to penalize children who abandon their old and ailing parents.

In filing Senate Bill No. 29 or the “Parents Welfare Act of 2019 requires children to provide necessary support for the aging, sick and incapacitated parents.

The proposal, which Lacson had first filed in the 17th Congress, seeks to further strengthen filial responsibility and to make it a criminal offense in case of flagrant violation thereof.

The measure states that a parent who is in need of support may file a petition before the court and ask for the issuance of a support order against their children who fail or refuse to provide the necessary assistance.

It added that the Public Attorney’s Office will provide the legal representation of the parent in need of support and that no court fees will be applied.

Lacson proposes in his bill the penalty of imprisonment of one to six months or a fine of P100,000 if the respondent fails to give support for three consecutive months without justifiable cause.

“Whoever, having the care or protection of a parent in need of support, leaves such parent in any place with the intention of wholly abandoning the latter shall be punished with imprisonment of six years to 10 years and a fine of not less than P300,000,” Lacson said in his bill.

The bill also seeks to establish old age homes for the elderly, sick or otherwise incapacitated parents in every province and highly urbanized city.

Lawmaker demands apology from Lacson over pork barrel accusations

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 26, 2019

Senator Panfilo Lacson

Capiz Rep. Fredenil Castro has demanded an apology from Senator Panfilo Lacson for accusing him and other Congressmen of inserting ‘pork barrel’ funds in the 2020 national budget.

During his privilege speech on Wednesday (September 25), Castro said Lacson’s accusations has tainted the reputation of the institution.

“Because of this irresponsible and reckless act that has damaged not only the reputation of this institution but more importantly the reputation and integrity of each and every member of this house especially the newcomers who have come with their idealism in these halls intact,” he said.

The lawmakers added, Lacson has no right to make such accusations since he has not seen the General Appropriation Bill approved by the House of Representatives.

“That makes him more irresponsible. He has not seen a single line of the General Appropriation Bill, he has not studied yet as he claimed the GAB approved by the House,” Castro said.

However, Lacson maintained his stance on the issue and said Castro, along with other Congressmen allegedly involved in the pork barrel insertion, should apologize.

“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,” Lacson said in a statement.

“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,” he added.

On Monday (September 23), Lacson said several House members reported that House Deputy speakers will be getting additional P1.5 billion allocation in the proposed P4.1 trillion 2020 National Budget.

Lacson added that the House will also be getting another P700 million to allot for their pet bills.—AAC

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