Lagman: Con-ass will be Duterte’s ‘virtual rubberstamp’

Once Congress is converted into a constituent assembly (con-ass) to amend the 1987 Constitution, it would only become "a virtual rubberstamp" of President Rodrigo Duterte.   This was the assertion of Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman on Thursday, as he reiterated his call to instead hold a constitutional convention (con-con), which members should be elected by the people, to proceed with Charter change (Cha-cha).   "A strong argument, if not the strongest, against constituting the House of Representatives and the Senate into a constituent assembly is that the super majority solons will convert the constituent assembly into a virtual rubber stamp of President Rodrigo Duterte,"...Keep on reading: Lagman: Con-ass will be Duterte’s ‘virtual rubberstamp’.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerJan 4th, 2018

2 solons say Duterte can be impeached if Trillanes ‘illegally’ arrested

      President Rodrigo Duterte can be impeached if he forces the uniformed personnel to “illegally” arrest his critic, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, opposition lawmakers warned on Wednesday. Akbayan Rep. Tom Villarin and Albay 1st District Rep. Edcel Lagman said Duterte’sProclamation No. 572 voiding the amnesty grant to Trillanes was not by itself a… link: 2 solons say Duterte can be impeached if Trillanes ‘illegally’ arrested.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsSep 5th, 2018

Trillanes amnesty, Malacañang on Trillanes, Typhoon Jebi | Evening wRap

Today on Rappler: Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman says President Rodrigo Duterte's revocation of the amnesty granted to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has ‘ no legal and factual basis.’ Malacañang claims the revocation of Senator Sonny Trillanes’ amnesty has nothing to do with politics . Opposition senator Sonny Trillanes says he is not afraid to face arrest . Typhoon Jebi makes ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 4th, 2018

Benigno Aquino III: ‘Amnesty valid, final, irrevocable’

The amnesty granted to opposition Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and other former military rebels was valid, former president Benigno Aquino III said yesterday, as Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman argued that it could not be revoked by President Duterte because it was approved by Congress......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 4th, 2018

Trillanes amnesty absolute, irrevocable – Lagman

MANILA, Philippines – Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman said President Rodrigo Duterte's revocation of the amnesty granted to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has "no legal and factual basis." On Tuesday, September 4, the lawyer turned lawmaker said then-President Benigno Aquino III's Proclamation No. 75 which granted amnesty to Trillanes ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 4th, 2018

Name Naga drug lords, Duterte urged

President Rodrigo Duterte’s refusal to prove his claims that Naga City is a hotbed of illegal drugs, specifically shabu, shows he is hallucinating, opposition lawmakers said on Tuesday. Representatives Edcel Lagman of Albay and Gary Alejano of Magdalo party-list, said this in connection with the statement of Presidential spokesman Harry Roque Jr. that the President [...] The post Name Naga drug lords, Duterte urged appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsAug 21st, 2018

Lagman schools Roque on forgetting law since becoming Duterte s apologist

Rep. Edcel Lagman (Albay) chided his former colleague and presidential spokesperson Harry Roque for the latter’s defense of President Rodrigo Duterte’s claim that the province of Naga is “hotbed” of shabu.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 21st, 2018

Duterte popularity puzzles solon

For Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, it's perplexing that President Duterte has continued to enjoy a high popularity rating despite his "irreverence" for institutions, pro-China stance and violation of human rights. The President scored a net satisfaction rating of +56 during the first quarter this year, according to a Social Weather Stations survey taken from March 23 to 27. This is a two-point drop from his +58 rating last December. Both ratings were considered "very good." "It is a puzzle that despite the failure of President Rodrigo Duterte to deliver most of his campaign promises, his irreverence to established institutions, including the Catholic Church, his unpatriotic surrender ...Keep on reading: Duterte popularity puzzles solon.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 1st, 2018

Robert Reyes to Filipinos: Wake up or face death of democracy

Roman Catholic priest and protest leader Robert Reyes said that the removal of Maria Lourdes Sereno is "more than a wake-up call" for Filipinos warning that President Duterte could soon be a "virtual dictator.".....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 11th, 2018

HRW: List of barangay execs with drug links a virtual ‘hit list’

          The Duterte administration would put hundreds of people's lives in danger once it releases the names of barangay (village) officials allegedly involved in illegal drugs, a human rights group warned Friday. New York-based watchdog Human Rights Watch (HRW) said releasing the names would violate due process and would only worsen the bloodshed in President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-illegal drug campaign. "The Duterte administration will be putting hundreds of people in danger if it released the names of barangay (village) officials it accuses of involvement in the illegal drugs trade," HRW Asia Division researcher Carlos Conde said in a st...Keep on reading: HRW: List of barangay execs with drug links a virtual ‘hit list’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 27th, 2018

House approves divorce bill on final reading

By Minde Nyl R. Dela Cruz THE House of Representatives passed on third and final reading a bill which seeks absolute divorce with a vote of 134-57-2 amid President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s rejection of the measure. House Bill 7303, sponsored by Cavite Rep. Sol Aragones, Albay Rep. Edcel C. Lagman, and Gabriela Rep. Emmi De […] The post House approves divorce bill on final reading appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMar 19th, 2018

THE FOLLY OF WITHDRAWING FROM THE I.C.C. | Lagman counts 6 ‘dire’ implications

Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman has listed what he described as "six dire implications and consequences" of the Duterte-initiated Philippine withdrawal from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC)......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsMar 15th, 2018

Lagman daughter says Duterte better than ex-presidents in disaster response

ALBAY, Philippines – Mayor Krisel Lagman-Luistro of Tabaco City, eldest daughter of Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman and ardent critic of President Rodrigo Duterte, lauded the President's initiatives for taking care of Mayon evacuees. In an interview here on Wednesday, February 28, Luistro said Duterte is better than previous Presidents ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 28th, 2018

Opposition solons decry SC ruling on Mindanao martial law extension

Opposition lawmakerson Tuesdaydenounced the decision of the Supreme Court (SC) affirming the extension of martial law in Mindanao, calling it an "error" and a "tragic day for human rights." READ:SC affirms Duterte extension of martial law in Mindanao "The majority of the Supreme Court justices can be supreme even in their error," Rep. Edcel Lagman said in a statement. Lagman, the lead petitioner in the first petition challenging the year-long extension of martial rule in the southern region, also feared that the SC verdict would "embolden President Rodrigo Duterte in flouting the rule of law." "When the majority of the justices of the Supreme Court fall in cadence w...Keep on reading: Opposition solons decry SC ruling on Mindanao martial law extension.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 6th, 2018

Suspension of deputy ombudsman Carandang invalid – Lagman

MANILA, Philippines — The 90-day suspension imposed by President Duterte on Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Carandang does not have any presumption of regul.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 6th, 2018

Opposition solon dissents

FOR opposition Rep. Edcel Lagman, President Rodrigo Duterte has not fulfilled any of his campaign promises, except the pending shift to federalism. Lagman particularly disagreed with Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar on the accomplishments of Duterte. “It is utter miscommunication and disconnect for Andanar to assert that the problems on….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJan 8th, 2018

WATCH | Lagman: Andanar fantasizing on Duterte accomplishments

MANILA, Philippines – Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar was going experiencing a “pure fantasy” spell boasting that President Rodrigo Duterte has accomplished his campaign promises, except for the pending shift to federalism, opposition leader, Albay Representative Edcel Lagman, observed Monday at the House of Representatives. “It is utter miscommunication and disconnect for Andanar to assert […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJan 8th, 2018

Lagman: Duterte has obligation to recover Marcos ill-gotten wealth

Lagman pointed out that the President has an obligation to continue recovering these wealth through the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG).........»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJan 3rd, 2018

Letters From Davao by Jun Ledesma

‘It was a good year’ We have seen the litany of achievements of Duterte administration. It dwarfed the entire six years of the Aquino regime. It could have done better except that it has to first fix a lot of damages wrought by an inept regime that has likewise institutionalized corruption and abetted crime the most horrific of it all – the drug syndicates.  Space or brevity must have limited some significant achievements of the  Department of Finance and am referring to the upgrades of credit ratings of the Philippines from investment grade to investment grade and stable. While early on Standard & Poor’s claimed that President Duterte’s war on drugs and alleged extra-judicial killings are factors that account for the static rating by December 2017 it grudgingly acceded that something good is happening in the Philippines under Duterte’s watch.  Finance Sec. Sonny Dominguez and his team deserves the credit. Fitch and Moody’s in their “investment grade and stable” rating in December enunciated that the issues surrounding drugs and EJK have nothing to do with the rosy economy of the country and its image as capital investment destination. The country’s economic performance for one is top in Asia and there is no turning back with the expected massive spending on infrastructures and government services starting 2018 and beyond.  The Duterte government achievements scoreboard makes the moribund opposition drooling. Still on Finance, expect the billionaires who are also the country’s tax dodgers to cough up. TRAIN or the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion gives a huge relief to 99 percent of those small taxpayers saving the ar least P50,000.00 in tax cut!  But demands and exacts the reasonable taxes from the rich especially the filthy rich. Last year sampling of Lucio Tan (P6-billion), Mighty Cigarettes (P40-billion) and the Prieto and Rufinos’ one-mile asset that they are accountable to the government in still unquantifiable amount as yet? There is a subliminal message to be absorbed why candidate Rodrigo R. Duterte refused to accept donations from the rich and famous: just pay your taxes correctly and you’re okay.  The Bureau of Internal Revenue and the Bureau of Customs are churning more collections under a continuing reforms.  President Duterte himself did dramatic and radical transformations in the area of Foreign Affairs and security. He was chided and lectured on by self proclaimed experts in diplomacy and security alliances especially with the generous expletives he is famous for. But as he admitted to the point of being apologetic, he told media men in this year’s Christmas party, “but that is me”.  Duterte’s foray into foreign affairs and diplomacy might be severely lacking in refinements but he put across his message clearly and direct and one cannot quarrel with what he achieved in such a brief moment. He virtually altered the outlook of the western countries on small sovereign nations. He overhauled alliances by an unwritten rule of mutual respect and cognizance of sovereignty. While Aquino made enemies with China which is the world’s second largest economy resulting in unquantifiable losses of opportunities Duterte reversed that with the resumption of trade, financial assistance with cheap money interest, massive infrastructure projects that will come into fruition by 2018. World leaders to include Xi Jinping of China, Vladimir Putin of Russia, PM Shinzo Abe of Japan and, to the dismay of the so-called Yellowtards, US Pres. Donald Trump who became his virtual phone pal.  The Department of Agriculture under Sec. Manny Pinol, did exemplary well. Productivity is better than expected and could have performed better if not for the natural calamities that the country has to contend with. Maybe the Bureau of Fisheries under it may try something out of the box. Propose to China to convert that disputed island into a one big marine laboratory. China provides the infrastructures while the Philippines the technical aquatic expertise. Make a 10-mile no-fishing marine haven around the island and guarded by the joint coastguard forces of China, Philippines and Vietnam. The Philippine Coconut Authority under Cabinet Sec. Jun Evasco is about to embark on a massive replanting program.  The Aquino government allocated billions of pesos to fight ‘cocolisap’ infestation but applied the wrong solution. Well, what do we expect from a certain Kiko Pangilinan? The replanting program was a big failure on account of  massive graft in high and low places. Replanting as well as new areas had been programmed by PCA.  Finally we have to give accolade to our Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police for combating internal threats, terrorism and syndicated crime. The AFP and PNP are more prepared and better equipped now than any other time in history. Furthermore we see a disciplined forces in the AFP and while there are a few remaining scalawags in the PNP the cleansing process is done without let-up. We from Mindanao are comfortable and secured with their presence even under the aegis of martial law. If you do not believe me look at the various surveys on the popularity and trust of Filipinos on President Duterte and his government.  This will end my perspectives for year 2017 and we look forward to 2018 the Build, Build, Build era. The beginning of the new Philippines. Mindanao and Davao City, from where I live and write, may have suffered from natural calamities but we had seen, suffered and endured worse scenarios and even man made tragedies than […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsDec 29th, 2017

Calida: Petitioners vs martial law extension don’t know Mindanao situation

Opposition lawmakers who want to stop the year-long extension of martial law in Mindanao don't know any better than President Rodrigo Duterte about the situation in the region, according to Solicitor General Jose Calida. Calida made the remark in a text message sent to reporters on Thursday, a day after minority lawmakers, led by Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, filed a petition with the Supreme Court (SC) for a temporary restraining order against the extension. "Do the petitioners know better than the President and the overwhelming majority of members of Congress who approved the extension of martial law in Mindanao? Definitely not," Calida said. "Anyone who says there is no on-goi...Keep on reading: Calida: Petitioners vs martial law extension don’t know Mindanao situation.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 28th, 2017

Petition before the Supreme Court questions constitutionality of martial law extension

MANILA, Philippines – A petition was filed Wednesday before the Supreme Court questioning the constitutionality of the martial law extension in Mindanao four days before it takes effect. The petition, filed by opposition members of the House of Representatives led by Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, said that, after President Rodrigo Duterte declared Marawi City liberated […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsDec 27th, 2017