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Sotto, Lacson can crush crooks in Congress

Senate President Tito Sotto’s return of P20-million bribe from a congressman set the standard of his limited tenure. It meant that he would ensure legislation based on merit and not money......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJun 10th, 2021

Lacson frowns at ‘pork hunter’ tag

Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson, a staunch anti-pork barrel advocate, does not like the name ‘’pork hunter’’ ascribed to him. Senator Panfilo M. Lacson (SENATE OF THE PHILIPPINES / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) ‘’I don’t like it. I’m just doing my job,’’ Lacson said as he disagreed with Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III who had presumed ‘’regularity’’ on the “institutional amendments’’ by the House of Representatives (HoR) on the proposed 2021 General Appropriations Bill (GAB or national budget) after the House recently passed the measure on third and final reading. Lacson and Senate Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon had cited some P326 billion ‘’lump sum’’ appropriations tucked in the proposed P666-billion budget of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). Both cited a Supreme Court decision that lump sum appropriations are unconstitutional. Lump sum appropriations are suspected as ‘’pork barrel’’ appropriations. Lacson has been on the prowl every budget season, picking out suspected pork barrel appropriations in the GAB. The Senate is expected to receive from the House a soft copy of the budget on Oct. 28. Asked during an ANC interview if he believes a statement of Speaker Lord Allan Velasco that there is no pork in the GAB, only institutional amendments, Lacson replied: ‘’We have yet to see the transmitted copy of the GAB as approved on third and final reading, as transmitted to the Senate.’’ ‘’Until we see that, we cannot really tell or say if there’s pork or not in the House of Representatives version of the budget.’’ On a query whether amending budget after third and final reading is unconstitutional, Lacson said: ‘’That is clearly unconstitutional.’’ ‘’It’s very clear, there’s no other interpretation in that provision under the Constitution that after the third and final reading of any bill, including the GAB, no amendment shall be allowed thereto,’’ he said. ‘’I don’t see any other interpretation of that particular provision. So since they already passed on third reading the HoR version of the GAB, I see no reason why they will allow a small committee to introduce further amendments. Based on what I heard from Rep. Eric Yap, the Appropriations committee chairman, he said the amendments will not be coming from the congressmen but from the agencies,’’ he stated. ‘’Again, that’s another violation. We have a four-phase budget process. Budget preparation, authorization, execution, and accountability. We are now in the authorization phase. And only the Congress of the Philippines is allowed to participate in the authorization phase. Tapos na ang sa (the) Executive department (has completed its job in the) preparation phase. Ang execution, after napirmahan ng Presidente ang enrolled bill and when DBM starts disbursing allocations, doon mag-start ang execution. So agencies under the Executive branch cannot be allowed to participate in the authorization phase of the budget process. Sotto had said that he would presume regularity after the House made institutional amendments worth P20 billion, including P5.5 billion, for COVID-19 vaccines. Lacson stressed that amendments to the budget by the House small committee is unconstitutional. ‘’To say there’s presumption of regularity, I think it’s misplaced. If that is the output of the small committee and they will include these amendments in the USB drive they will transmit to us on Oct. 28, then we cannot presume regularity, with all due respect to my Senate President…because if it is based on an unconstitutional act, I cannot presume regularity,’’ he added......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2020

Lacson-Sotto tandem for 2022?

There are only two options for Senator Panfilo Lacson in 2022 — join the Presidential race or retire from politics. Lacson said this on Tuesday after confirming that he will not seek reelection in next year’s polls despite being eligible for another term in the Senate. He said he has “done his part” during his […] The post Lacson-Sotto tandem for 2022? appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 8th, 2021

Senators satisfied with Galvez’s clarification

Senators are now convinced that vaccine czar and National Task Force on Covid-19 response chief implementer Carlito Galvez Jr. cannot fully-disclose the prices of coronavirus vaccines due to the Confidential Disclosure Agreement (CDA). The development came after Senate President Vicente Sotto III, Senators Panfilo Lacson, and Ronald de la Rosa along with Baguio City Mayor […] The post Senators satisfied with Galvez’s clarification appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJan 21st, 2021

Senators satisfied with Galvez’s clarification on COVID-19 vaccine prices’ CDA

Senators are now convinced that vaccine czar and National Task Force on COVID-19 response chief implementer Carlito Galvez Jr. cannot fully-disclose the prices of coronavirus vaccines due to the Confidential Disclosure Agreement (CDA). The development came after Senate President Vicente Sotto III, Senators Panfilo Lacson, and Ronald Dela Rosa along with Baguio City Mayor Benjamin […] The post Senators satisfied with Galvez’s clarification on COVID-19 vaccine prices’ CDA appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 21st, 2021

Cha-cha through con-ass next to impossible – Sotto

Amending the Constitution through a constituent assembly , where both chambers of Congress convene as one Charter-changing body, would be “next to impossible” at this time, according to Senate President Vicente Sotto III......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 21st, 2021

Vaccine wars

President Duterte and his subalterns, Vaccine Czar Carlito Galvez and Health Secretary Francisco Duque, are at loggerheads with the Senate led by Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, and Senators Panfilo Lacson, Senate Minority Leader Frank Drilon, and Francis Pangilinan, on the anti-COVID-19 vaccines, particularly on three issues: one price; two, volumes, and three, timetable of rollout......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 19th, 2021

Sotto’s Cha-cha moves

Senate president Vicente “Tito” Sotto III holds the distinction of being the most veteran and most senior lawmaker in the present 18th Congress......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 15th, 2021

Sotto files bill to renew ABS-CBN franchise

Senate President Vicente Sotto III filed yesterday a bill seeking to renew the franchise of ABS-CBN, which was shut down last year after Congress rejected its application for the renewal of its license to operate......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 4th, 2021

Being romantic

O conference committee, what crimes are committed in thy name! Sen. Panfilo Lacson has been howling at the pre-bicam errata that the House has been inserting post 3rd reading. Senate President Vicente Sotto III, however, would generously concede them the “presumption of regularity.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 30th, 2020

Senate vindicated, and how

If there is one piece of legislative work that they do in Congress, Senate president Vicente “Tito” Sotto III vouches for each of the committee report that comes out from their “inquiry in aid of legislation” against alleged anomalies and venalities involving government officials and state agencies......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 29th, 2020

Belmonte backs renaming of Roosevelt Ave. after FPJ

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte backed on Saturday Senate President Vicente Sotto III’s suggestion to rename Roosevelt Ave. after Fernando Poe Jr. (FPJ) Ave. in honor of his contributions to the Filipino movie industry. The local government said Belmonte asked the city council to pass a resolution urging Congress to pass a measure renaming Roosevelt Avenue. Senator Lito Lapid earlier suggested to rename Del Monte Ave. after the late actor, but Sotto suggested to change Roosevelt Ave. instead because “it’s where FPJ grew up because it was their ancestral home.” For Belmonte, “it is but right and proper to honor the late Fernando Poe Junior for his invaluable contribution to the city and our culture.” “At the same time, we also recognize the historical and religious significance of the area. We are hoping this issue will be resolved judiciously,” the local chief executive said.    “The Senate President’s suggestion to rename Roosevelt Avenue after the late action king more popularly known as FPJ is a welcome development and a win-win solution for everyone concerned,” she added. “We thank the Senate President for sharing his wisdom and for providing us with a situation that is acceptable to everybody,” she added. In his 46 years as an actor, FPJ starred in around 300 action films earning him the monicker “Da King” of Philippine movies. Almost two years after his death on December 14, 2004 at age 65, FPJ was declared National Artist for film by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.  But Poe’s wife, actress Susan Roces refused to accept the posthumous award during a conferment ceremony at Malacañang in June 2006.   Poe and Arroyo contested the Presidency in 2004. In 2012, President Benigno S. Aquino III issued another presidential proclamation —Proclamation No. 435 affirming FPJ’s National Artist stature......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 24th, 2020

Roque to Congress: Consult Palace on increasing budget for vaccines

Any congressional move to raise the proposed 2021 budget for the coronavirus vaccine should at least be done in consultation with the Executive branch, according to a Palace official.  Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque (RESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said while they respect Congress’ wisdom to hike the vaccine budget for the next year, the issue on its funding source must also be addressed. “The power of purse is vested in Congress. We will bow to the wisdom of Congress should they deem it fit to increase the budget for the vaccine, and of course, may pagkukuhanan po iyan (there will be a funding source for that),” he said during a Palace press briefing Thursday. “So we hope that Congress will at least confer with the Executive kung saan nila kukunin iyong pondo para itaas ang budget for the vaccine (on where the funds will be obtained to raise the budget for the vaccine),” he added. Nonetheless, Roque affirmed the administration’s resolve to ensure the country has adequate funds for the vaccine procurement once the life-saving drug becomes available.“We join Congress in our desire that we should have sufficient funds to pay for the vaccine, which according po to (Philippine) Ambassador (to China) Chito (Sta. Romana) is really forthcoming in the near future,” he said.The House of Representatives has reportedly introduced several amendments to its approved 2021 national budget, including a higher budget for the purchase of COVID vaccines to P8 billion.  In the original Palace-backed P4.5 trillion national budget proposal, at least P2.5 billion has been allocated for the COVID-19 vaccination program under the Department of Health’s budget. House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez, who leads a small group in charge of amendments to the budget bill, said the additional P5.5 billion to augment the vaccine budget aims to ensure safe and effective vaccine will be available to Filipinos. “This is to support President Rodrigo Duterte’s program to strengthen the country’s health care system. We believe that vaccines play a very crucial role in keeping the population safe and healthy from the pandemic,” the Leyte lawmaker said.  On the part of the Senate, Senator Panfilo Lacson disclosed plans to increase funding for the coronavirus vaccine under the proposed 2021 national budget. Last week, the President said the government has the funds to buy the coronavirus vaccine once it is available but would need more money to vaccinate all Filipinos. Duterte earlier vowed to give priority to the poor, the police and military personnel in the distribution of free vaccines.  He said the country will buy the most affordable vaccine to be sold in the market given the government’s limited resources. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2020

Senate pays last respects to Senator and Manila Mayor Lim

Senators paid its last respects to former Senator and Manila Mayor Alfredo S. Lim today. (JANSEN ROMERO / MANILA BULLETIN) Senate President Vicente Sotto III, in behalf of his colleagues, bade farewell to Lim as his funeral convoy passed by the Senate at around 8 a.m. before his interment. “I just thought it proper to have someone here to give him respect,” said Sotto who shed a tear for Lim. Lim passed away last Aug. 8 due to COVID-19. He was 90. Lim served as a senator under the 13th Congress from 2004 and 2007. The Senate had earlier adopted a resolution honoring Lim for serving the country “with utmost dedication, honor, and dignity” in various capacities. Aside from serving as a senator, he also worked as a policeman, becoming the police chief in the city of Manila, where he was also elected as chief executive in 1992 to 1998 and 2007 to 2013. He earned the moniker “Dirty Harry” for his efforts to rid Manila of drugs, prostitution, and other crimes. Lim was appointed director of the National Bureau of Investigation in 1989 and Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary in 2000. “The untimely demise of a true public servant, who had dedicated almost his entire life in serving his countrymen and whose principles and achievements in life are worth emulating but hard to duplicate, is a great loss not only to the bereaved family but to the nation as well,” the Senate said in the resolution. Lim’s remains were interred at the Manila North Cemetery. xxxxx 29LIMBy VANNE ELAINE P. TERRAZOLA Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Saturday paid his last respects to former senator and Manila mayor Alfredo Lim. Sotto, in behalf of his colleagues, bade farewell to Lim whose funeral convoy passed by the Senate around 8 a.m. of Saturday before his interment. “I just thought it proper to have someone here to give him respect,” Sotto said in a message to reporters, admitting that he shed a tear. Lim passed away last August 8 due to COVID-19. He was 90. Lim served as a senator under the 13th Congress from 2004 and 2007. Earlier, the Senate adopted a resolution honoring Lim for serving the country “with utmost dedication, honor and dignity” in various capacities. Aside from serving as a senator, he also worked as a policeman, becoming the police chief in the city of Manila, where he was also elected as chief executive in 1992 to 1998, and in 2007 to 2013. He earned the moniker “Dirty Harry” for his efforts to rid Manila of drugs, prostitution and other criminalities. Lim was also appointed director of the National Bureau of Investigation in 1989 and as Department of Interior and Local Government secretary in 2000. “The untimely demise of a true public servant, who had dedicated almost his entire life in serving his countrymen and whose principles and achievements in life are worth emulating but hard to duplicate, is a great loss not only to the bereaved family but to the nation as well,” the Senate resolution said. Lim’s remains will be interred in the Manila North Cemetery......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 29th, 2020

Senate opens probe into PhilHealth ‘corruption’ mess

MANILA, Philippines — The Senate, constituted as the committee of the whole, opened on Tuesday its investigation into allegations of massive corruption in the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth). The probe was initiated through a resolution filed by Senate President Vicente Sotto III and Senator Panfilo Lacson as allegations of widespread corruption in PhilHealth gained […] The post Senate opens probe into PhilHealth ‘corruption’ mess appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 4th, 2020

Pagsailalim sa MM sa ECQ oks kina Sotto, Lacson

Manila, Philippines – Sang-ayon sina Senate President Vicente Sotto III at Senator Panfilo Lacson na ibalik ang Metro Manila sa ilalim ng mas mahigpit na enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) sa kabila ng patuloy na pagtaas ng kaso ng coronavirus disease o COVID-19. “It is a valid request that Malacañang should seriously consider,” ani Lacson. Iminungkahi […] The post Pagsailalim sa MM sa ECQ oks kina Sotto, Lacson appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsAug 1st, 2020

Senate vows to prioritize laws in response to COVID pandemic

  By VANNE ELAINE P. TERRAZOLA     The Senate will continue working on pieces of legislation that would respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact. At the opening of the second regular session of the 18th Congress Monday, Senate President Vicente Sotto III said they will prioritize measures that will relieve or help […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJul 27th, 2020

‘Hindi namin kayo bibiguin:’ Pagkakaisa vs COVID, panawagan ni Sotto sa Pinoy

Manila, Philippines – Nanawagan si Senate President Vicente Sotto III sa lahat ng Filipino na magkaisa laban sa pananalasa ng coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) at umaasang gagawa ng pamamaraan ang Senado upang maibangon ang ekonomiya habang naghihintay ng bakuna. Sa kanyang opening speech sa pagbubukas ng 2nd Regular Session ng 18th Congress, sinabi ni Sotto na may […] The post ‘Hindi namin kayo bibiguin:’ Pagkakaisa vs COVID, panawagan ni Sotto sa Pinoy appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsJul 27th, 2020

US Congress walang ‘K’ kumutya sa ATL- Lacson

“A bunch of hypocrites.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  abanteRelated NewsJul 17th, 2020

Terror in our hearts

Perhaps if Senate President Vicente Sotto III had thought about it for a moment longer, he would not have blurted out that the new anti-terrorism bill that Congress rushed to pass would negate the need for martial law......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 10th, 2020

Lacson, Sotto Tell Critics to Read Anti-Terrorism Bill

Senator Panfilo Lacson on Tuesday said critics of Senate Bill No. 1083, or the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2019, has only to read the proposed measure first to realize that all issues against perceived abuses that may be committed during its implementation have already been properly addressed by the Senate. “The concerns being raised by the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJun 4th, 2020