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P900M for 100-meter road? Lacson hits DPWH for alleged overpricing

Oct 09, 2017 - 6:30 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson questions why a 100-meter stretch of Maharlika Road in Nueva Ecija has been getting P300 million yearly since 2016

Lacson says texting not covered by Anti-Wiretapping Law

Oct 02, 2017 - 5:24 PM

'Hindi covered ang mga ganoon... Maraming di covered kaya dapat talaga i-expand ang scope and coverage,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson when asked if text messages are covered by the law

The Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs conducts a public inquiry on the death of Albuerra, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. on November 10, 2016.

Lacson also files complaint vs NFA's Jason Aquino over rice smuggling

Sep 28, 2017 - 6:36 PM

Aquino, who reportedly has close ties to Special Assistant to the President Bong Go, is a former Customs official whom the Bureau warned against in 2016

ECONOMIC SABOTAGE. NFA administrator Jason Aquino faces a graft, economic sabotage and grave misconduct complaint for supposedly allowing the smuggling of P34 million worth of rice. Photo from NFA website

Senators warn of 'deadlock' if House insists on P1,000 CHR budget

Sep 13, 2017 - 6:55 PM

Should there be a stalemate until December 31 there will be no new budget in 2018 The P3 35 trillion 2017 budget will just be reenacted with the CHR getting P749 million

The members of the 17th congress vote on the House Bill 4727 or the Death Penalty Bill during the on the 3rd and final reading at the House of Representatives in Quezon City on March 7, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Lacson vows to fight for P678-million CHR budget

Sep 12, 2017 - 10:15 PM

Of course we will stand our ground on this matter and more Once we get hold of the House version we will scrutinize it as we always do year in and year out says Senator Panfilo Lacson sponsor of the Commission on Human Rights budget

PDAF IS BACK? Senator Panfilo Lacson laments the supposed return of the Priority Development Assistance Fund in the 2017 national budget. File photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Lacson says he 'feels' for Duterte over 'false' claims vs son

Sep 07, 2017 - 5:03 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says he can emphatize with President Rodrigo Duterte because they both believe that their sons have been falsely accused

EMPATHY. Senator Panfilo Lacson says he can relate to fellow father President Rodrigo Duterte over the allegations against their sons. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Drilon expresses concern over Espenido reassignment to Iloilo

Aug 28, 2017 - 3:20 PM

But Lacson says he has known Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido as a focused diligent and upright man despite questions over the cop s track record

NEW POST. In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte awards then-Ozamiz City police Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido for outstanding work against illegal drugs during the 116th Police Service Anniversary in Camp Crame in Quezon City on August 9, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Drilon calls for 'full-blown' probe into corruption at Customs

Aug 24, 2017 - 12:07 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon urges the Department of Justice to protect outgoing Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon should he decide to cooperate in the probe

Senate Hearing on BOC shabu shipment. Photo by Alex Nueva Espana/PRIB

Lacson names 'corrupt' Customs officials led by Faeldon

Aug 23, 2017 - 6:45 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson alleges that outgoing Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon received a P100 million welcome pasalubong when he assumed office

OUTGOING CUSTOMS CHIEF. Senator Panfilo Lacson names outgoing Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon as among the corrupt officials in the Bureau of Customs. Photo from BOC

FULL TEXT: 'Kita kita sa Customs'

Aug 23, 2017 - 4:46 PM

Here is Senator Panfilo Lacson s privilege speech on corruption at the Bureau of Customs including the names of alleged bribe takers bribe givers and bagmen

BOMBSHELL. Senator Panfilo Lacson exposes the extent of corruption at the Bureau of Customs on August 23, 2017. Photo from Senate PRIB

Faeldon denies ever receiving bribe money in BOC

Aug 15, 2017 - 10:42 AM

I did not accept a single centavo while I’m at the Bureau of Customs Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon says amid his alleged involvement in the smuggling of P6 4 billion worth shabu

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

'Bulakbol,' rich? No free tuition for 'undeserving' college students – Lacson

Aug 06, 2017 - 2:41 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson calls for the removal of pork barrel from the 2018 budget to fund free college tuition in state universities and colleges

FREE TUITION. The House passes on 3rd and final reading the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act. File photo by Mark Demayo

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Aug 06, 2017 - 1:53 PM

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NICANOR FAELDON. Bureau of Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon holds a press briefing at Bureau of Customs Office in Port Area, Manila on August 2, 2017. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler.

Senators see customs, Chinese 'connivance' in P6.4-B smuggled shabu

Aug 01, 2017 - 8:30 AM

It s clear customs people are involved says Minority Leader Franklin Drilon If 604 kilos of shabu got past the BOC this one time ilan pa ang nakalusot?

Senate inquiry on the P6.4 Billion worth of shabu shipment from China, on the possible malfeasance, misfeasance, and nonfeasance of the Bureau of Customs officials and employees. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Despite Duterte push, no revival of death penalty in Senate – Lacson

Jul 25, 2017 - 11:45 AM

I don t see the death penalty being revived under his watch or at least with the present composition of the Senate says pro death penalty Senator Panfilo Lacson

LUMPSUM. Senators question the lump sum allocations in the 2017 budget of the Department of Public Works and Highways. Photo from Sen Lacson's official Facebook account

Lacson slams Trillanes for calling Senate a 'puppet' of Duterte

Jul 03, 2017 - 3:14 PM

Itong Senado na dati ay yan yung last bastion of democracy eh ngayon wala na para na rin kaming mga tuta nitong administrasyon na ito says minority Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

PDAF IS BACK? Senator Panfilo Lacson laments the supposed return of the Priority Development Assistance Fund in the 2017 national budget. File photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Senators hit Aguirre for downgrading charges vs Espinosa slay cops

Jun 20, 2017 - 5:11 PM

Senators say the decision was anomalous questionable and an insult to the Senate that investigated the killing

The Senate is keen on 'denouncing' the Department of Justice's move downgrading the murder charges against policemen to just homicide. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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May 18, 2017 - 10:48 AM

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After complaint, Sotto to take leave of absence from ethics panel

May 10, 2017 - 5:40 PM

But Senator Panfilo Lacson committee vice chairman doubts they have jurisdiction over the complaint since the incident happened during a Commission on Appointments hearing

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

After Quiapo blasts, Senate creates panel to probe use of intel funds

May 09, 2017 - 2:27 PM

With a P5 billion intelligence budget Senator Panfilo Lacson asks why there is a failure of intelligence on the part of the military and the police

OVERSIGHT. The Senate is set to create an oversight committee to look into government's use of intelligence and confidential funds. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Lacson welcomes SC ruling, says Arroyo 'paid' dues in detention

Apr 18, 2017 - 6:13 PM

We must all recognize that when it comes to interpreting laws and jurisprudence we should all assume that the Supreme Court justices know best says Senator Panfilo Lacson

PAID DUES. Senator Panfilo Lacson, once a political enemy of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, now says Arroyo has already paid her dues in detention for 7 years. File photo

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Apr 11, 2017 - 7:29 PM

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Of all people, Lacson should understand why I left PH – Lascañas

Apr 11, 2017 - 1:55 PM

In a statement the self confessed Davao Death Squad leader reminds Senator Lacson that he was once a fugitive

FROM ONE PRESIDENTIAL ENEMY TO ANOTHER. Self-confessed Davao Death Squad leader and former SPO3 Arthur Lascañas says Senator Panfilo Lacson, of all people, should understand his situation. File photos

Senators to block law allowing Duterte to delay polls, appoint OICs

Mar 27, 2017 - 4:41 PM

Senators from both the majority and minority blocs oppose the President s idea saying it is unconstitutional and undemocratic

Voters wait in line at the local Comelec office of Manila as the first day of official registration for the coming Sangguniang Kabataan elections start on Friday, July 15, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Senators hold judgment on impeachment complaint vs Duterte

Mar 16, 2017 - 1:20 PM

Several senators note that the House is mandated to determine the complaint s validity But for an administration ally there is no compelling reason to impeach the President

IMPEACHMENT. Senators say it is up to the House of Representatives, as mandated by the 1987 Constitution, to decide on the 1st impeachment complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte. File photo

Duterte appointees 'destabilizing' gov't – Pangilinan

Mar 13, 2017 - 10:14 AM

Liberal Party president Senator Francis Pangilinan cites as examples the troubles besetting the PNP Bureau of Immigration Tourism Promotions Board and the DFA

Commemoration Dinner on the 4th death anniversary of former DILG secretary Jesse Robredo at the Centennial Hall of Club Filipino in San Juan on August 18, 2016.

Rappler Talk Investigative: Arturo Lascañas, Duterte loyalist no more

Mar 09, 2017 - 6:51 AM

Lascañas talks about his team of hitmen addresses policemen who will be involved in the revived TokHang operations and has a message for President Rodrigo Duterte as well

From DDS 'denier' to whistle-blower: Why Lascañas changed tune

Mar 07, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Senators grill the self confessed Davao Death Squad hitman over his decision to recant an earlier claim before the Senate

LIAR OR TRUTH-TELLING? Retired police SPO3 Arthur Lascanas during the hearing of the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs on March 6, 2017 on the existence of the Davao Death Squad. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

CA members to reject Yasay appointment

Mar 07, 2017 - 8:37 AM

UPDATED Buo ang paniniwala ng members of the Commission on Appointments na talagang nagkaroon siya ng US citizenship says Senator Panfilo Lacson CA foreign affairs committee chair

In this file photo, Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr delivers a brief statement on the award of the arbitral tribunal on the disputed West Philippine Sea on Tuesday, July 12, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Senate ends Lascañas probe after 1 hearing

Mar 06, 2017 - 5:54 PM

The retired Davao policeman s testimony on the Davao Death Squad has no value says Senator Panfilo Lacson It s filed and noted

Sen. Ping Lacson during the hearing of the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs on March 6, 2017 on the existence of the Davao Death Squad.

Lacson to Lascañas: Confession not enough proof vs Duterte

Mar 06, 2017 - 11:26 AM

Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III is set to question the probative value of the retired Davao policeman s testimony saying the probe is just for entertainment

The Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs headed by Sen. Panfilo Lacson on March 6, 2017 investigating the existence of the Davao Death Squad. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Senate summons Lascañas to Davao Death Squad probe

Feb 28, 2017 - 12:30 AM

2nd UPDATE The Senate committee on public order sets the hearing for Monday March 6

The Senate committe on human rights and justice joint with the committe on public order and dangerous drugs resumes its public inquiry on the extrajucial killings perpetrated by the Davao Death Squad on October 3, 2016.

Lascañas' affidavit: Grisly stories 'just tip of bloody iceberg'

Feb 27, 2017 - 10:15 AM

UPDATED SPO3 Arthur Lascañas a self confessed hitman of the so called Davao Death Squad says he lied about its existence before because he was afraid for the safety of his family and himself

Lacson ribs De Lima: 'Don't get jailed; we'll miss you'

Feb 23, 2017 - 3:58 PM

In an unusual break from their word war Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II agrees with Senator Leila de Lima s views at a Senate inquiry

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Lacson's public order committee to handle Lascañas probe

Feb 22, 2017 - 7:29 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says he is requesting for the sworn statement of retired policeman Arturo Lascañas

RETURN TO SENATE. Retired policeman  Arturo "Arthur" Lascañas is set to return to Senate as the upper house decides to reopen its investigation into the alleged existence of the Davao Death Squad.

Lacson: No Malacañang pressure on Lascañas probe

Feb 22, 2017 - 2:04 PM

3rd UPDATE Senator Panfilo Lacson confirms the Senate will reinvestigate the Davao Death Squad but has not decided which committee will handle the probe

NO PRESSURE. Senator Panfilo Lacson denies there was any pressure from Malacañang not to reopen the Senate investigation into Davao Death Squad (DDS). Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Height of irony: Lacson says De Lima might be detained beside Jinggoy, Bong

Feb 14, 2017 - 5:30 PM

Thinking aloud Senator Panfilo Lacson says if Senator Leila de Lima wants a secure detention place then there s a vacant bungalow in Camp Crame

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Lacson backs shaming of cops who embarrass PNP

Feb 08, 2017 - 1:50 PM

Shaming the cops who keep shaming the PNP I think they deserve to be shamed They deserve nothing less says the senator who was once a PNP chief

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

CA delays Yasay's confirmation over U.S. citizenship issue

Feb 08, 2017 - 10:56 AM

The House contingent of the Commission on Appointments asks Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr about his citizenship but the Cabinet official has yet to respond

PHILIPPINES' TOP DIPLOMAT. Perfecto Yasay Jr speaks before the United Nations General Assembly

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Feb 03, 2017 - 1:19 PM

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Senate OKs bill allowing PNP chief, CIDG execs to issue subpoenas

Jan 30, 2017 - 6:25 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says it is difficult for the investigative arm of the police to complete a probe without the power to summon people

SUBPOENA. The Senate has approved on third and final reading the bill seeking to allow the Philippine National Police chief and the top 2 officials of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group to summon people in the conduct of probe. File photo by Senate PRIB

Senators divided on reopening of Mamasapano probe

Jan 25, 2017 - 3:05 PM

Some senators say it is the prerogative of President Rodrigo Duterte to order a reinvestigation but two other senators say Duterte is only using the issue to conceal his administration s failures

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Jan 20, 2017 - 8:48 PM

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Lacson jokes: De Lima 'most wiretapped' person on Earth

Jan 18, 2017 - 6:56 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson jokes that he and Senator Gregorio Honasan II at different points in time became the country s most wiretapped persons as enemies of the government

WIRETAPPING. Senator Panfilo Lacson calls Senator Leila de Lima as the 'most wiretapped individual' on planet Earth.

Top Senate leaders defend 2017 budget: It's pork-free

Jan 09, 2017 - 5:59 PM

The 2 highest Senate officials say there is nothing wrong with lawmakers submitting proposed projects as they could still be rejected by the President

PORK-FREE. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III and Senate President Pro-Tempore Franklin Drilon say the 2017 budget does not contain unconstitutional 'pork barrel' or lumpsum funds.

De Lima doubts senators' fairness in ethics complaints against her

Jan 04, 2017 - 5:57 PM

Yun ang nakakasakit doon eh yung mismong kasamahan mo may mga nagdududa o may mga naniniwala sa mga kasinungalingan ng iba laments the senator

ETHICS. Senator Leila de Lima doubts her colleagues' fairness in handling the ethics complaints against her.

Lacson: DPWH got P9-B hike for 'pork' at Calamity Fund's expense

Jan 04, 2017 - 1:45 PM

What is sad here is the thought of sacrificing the victims of calamities for political favors and alliances says Senator Panfilo Lacson

Photo from Lacson's official Facebook account

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Dec 15, 2016 - 9:00 PM

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Duterte should release medical records – Lacson

Dec 15, 2016 - 3:59 PM

Health is always an individual responsibility It is also a national concern After all he has the people s mandate says Senator Panfilo Lacson

The Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights resumes its public inquiry on the spate of extrajudicial killings and summary executions on September 16, 2016.

Lacson dares Duterte: Show political will, veto 'pork' in 2017 budget

Dec 15, 2016 - 1:48 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson is also thinking of questioning the pork barrel filled 2017 national budget before the Supreme Court

The Senate committe on human rights and justice joint with the committe on public order and dangerous drugs resumes its public inquiry on the extrajucial killings perpetrated by the Davao Death Squad on October 3, 2016.