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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

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

No need for martial law to address Mindanao threats – Lagman

President Rodrigo Duterte does not need the extension of martial law to address continuing security threats in Mindanao, an opposition lawmaker said Tuesday, December 12......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsDec 12th, 2017

Lagman on Duterte s martial law extension: violation of Constitution

MANILA, Philippines – Albay 1st District Edcel Lagman, a legislator who belongs to a House independent opposition bloc, hit President Rodrigo Duterte’s desire to extend martial law in Mindanao. “[Duterte’s] request for Congress to extend martial law in the entire Mindanao for one more year amounts to a patent violation of the safeguards which the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 11th, 2017

ML extension violates Constitution — Lagman

THE extension of martial law is unconstitutional. Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman said that extension defies grounds and duration imposed by the 1987 Constitution. Earlier, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) recommended to President Rodrigo Duterte the extension of martial law in Mindanao for another one year based….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsDec 10th, 2017

PAMPABANGO LANG | Lagman belittles Roque’s appointment as Duterte’s rights adviser

“The appointment of presidential spokesman Harry Roque as the President’s adviser on human rights is to apparently deodorize the Duterte administration’s unabated violation of human rights," said Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2017

Lagman: 'How could Duterte absolve Bongbong, Imee as sinless?' - InterAksyon

Lagman: 'How could Duterte absolve Bongbong, Imee as sinless?' - InterAksyon.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsSep 30th, 2017

Lagman: ‘How could Duterte absolve Bongbong, Imee as sinless?’

Lagman: ‘How could Duterte absolve Bongbong, Imee as sinless?’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsSep 30th, 2017

Lagman to Duterte: Probe extrajudicial slays, not the Ombudsman

Lagman to Duterte: Probe extrajudicial slays, not the Ombudsman.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsSep 30th, 2017

Lagman to Duterte: Probe extrajudicial slays, not the Ombudsman - GMA News

Lagman to Duterte: Probe extrajudicial slays, not the Ombudsman - GMA News.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsSep 30th, 2017

Lagman slams Duterte for work suspension on martial law anniversary

Lagman slams Duterte for work suspension on martial law anniversary.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 19th, 2017

Backlash for Duterte if he vetoes a restored budget for CHR — Lagman

Backlash for Duterte if he vetoes a restored budget for CHR — Lagman.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 19th, 2017

Duterte has authority to deal with Marcoses, says Lagman

Duterte has authority to deal with Marcoses, says Lagman.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 6th, 2017

Duterte's plan to appoint barangay OIC's unlawful, Lagman says - GMA News

Duterte's plan to appoint barangay OIC's unlawful, Lagman says - GMA News.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsAug 1st, 2017

Lawmaker: Appointing ‘barangay’ officials illegal

The Duterte administration’s plan to replace barangay (village) officials with appointed officers-in-charge (OIC) is illegal, an opposition lawmaker said on Tuesday. Rep. Edcel Lagman of Albay cited Section 8, Article 10 of the Constitution that states, “The term of office of elective local officials, except barangay officials, which shall be determined by law, shall be [...].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsAug 1st, 2017

Appointing barangay officials is illegal — Lagman

THE Duterte administration’s plan to replace barangay (village) officials with appointed officers-in-charge is illegal, an opposition lawmaker warned Tuesday. Rep. Edcel Lagman of Albay cited Section 8, Article 10 of the Constitution which states that: “the term of office of elective local officials, except barangay officials, which shall be determined by law, shall be three [...].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsAug 1st, 2017