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Lacson asks DOH: Why buy pricier equipment for coronavirus testing?

May 19, 2020 - 8:06 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says the US-made automated nucleic acid extractor is 'compatible' with the 'US-made PCR machine' bought by Philippine labs

SWAB TESTING. Swab testing in newly opened Noveleta Medcare Hospital is still ongoing even though the entire province of Cavite downgraded to General Community Quarantine starting May 16, 2020. Photo by Dennis Abrina/Rappler

Stripped of authority, Robredo doomed to fail as anti-drug czar – Lacson

Nov 21, 2019 - 3:14 PM

‘What’s wrong with the Vice President having access to information?’ asks the senator and former police chief, who says Robredo is actually on the right track in handling the anti-drug campaign

ALL OR NOTHING. Senator Panfilo Lacson says Vice President Leni Robredo should either be given full powers as anti-drug co-chair, or just opt out of it. Photo taken on November 21, 2019, by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senators won't adopt House version of P4.1-T budget for 2020

Nov 04, 2019 - 7:56 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson floats the idea to stop congressmen from introducing further amendments during the bicameral conference committee

NOT ADOPTING. Senators held a caucus to discuss proposal whether the chamber will adopt the House version of the 2020 budget. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Walang 'maginoo at bastos' – bastos lang ang tawag d'yan

Jul 22, 2019 - 9:45 AM

It's time to call out the President on his misogyny

Senators hail Duterte veto of P95.3-B infra funds in 2019 budget

Apr 16, 2019 - 3:50 PM

Senators say President Rodrigo Duterte's veto of questionable allotments in the 2019 national budget serves as a 'victory' for taxpayers

2019 BUDGET. Senators welcome President Rodrigo Duterte's veto of P95.3 billion in infrastructure funds in the 2019 budget. File Photo by Cesar Tomambo/Senate PRIB

Senators hit NYC chief for targeting 'rebellious' scholars

Feb 20, 2019 - 12:35 PM

'Kung may sisipain [sa puwesto] dapat siya at 'di ang mga estudyante,' says Senator Francis Escudero on National Youth Commission Chairman Ronald Cardema

Nerwly appointed National Youth Commission chairman Ronald Cardema takes his oath before House Speaker Gloria Arroyo witnessed by congressmen on September 5, 2018, at the Speakers Office in Congress. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Lacson: Arroyo allies' districts get big 'pork' in 2019 budget | Midday wRap

Dec 10, 2018 - 12:27 PM

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Senators divided over Arroyo's push for PH withdrawal from IPU

Oct 23, 2018 - 12:50 PM

'Arroyo’s proposal is despairing, defeatist, and will be seen by the world as a tacit admission that indeed critical lawmakers are being persecuted under the Duterte administration,' Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says

Senate: Plenary Session. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Lacson seeks more scrutiny of surge in Duterte's intel funds

Jul 07, 2018 - 8:08 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says Congress can decrease the Office of the President's confidential and intelligence funds for 2019 if the increase is not justified

The Senate conducts a hearing on SAF allowances on May 22, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Lacson on ‘stupid God’ remark, Tisoy Argoncillo death, Rappler award | Midday wRap

Jun 25, 2018 - 12:44 PM

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Lacson: May God forgive Duterte, 'make him atone for all his sins'

Jun 24, 2018 - 7:00 PM

'Between him and my God to whom I pray every single day... I don't even have to think of my choice,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson, in reaction to President Rodrigo Duterte calling God 'stupid'

Lacson questions landing of China plane in PH: 'We might wake up a colony'

Jun 11, 2018 - 4:50 PM

'What if a hundred Chinese military aircraft suddenly request to refuel simultaneously? We might all wake up a colony again, this time by China,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate President Tito Sotto? Likely this year, says Lacson

May 03, 2018 - 2:05 PM

This change in Senate leadership could happen within the year, possibly in July or in October, when Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III files his certificate of candidacy for reelection

Lacson slams Gordon, likens mouth to 'incontinent anus'

Apr 17, 2018 - 6:43 PM

'Somebody who has a mouth like an incontinent anus with a defective sphincter pylori can indiscriminately destroy reputations,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson

'INCONTINENT ANUS.' Senator Panfilo Lacson slams Senator Richard Gordon for his 'unreasonable comments' against him.

Lacson vouches for Aquino's integrity amid Gordon report on Dengvaxia mess

Apr 11, 2018 - 7:18 PM

Liberal Party stalwarts also defend former president Benigno Aquino III, as they question the timing and fairness of the draft report

COLLEAGUES. Senator Panfilo Lacson vouches for the integrity of former president Benigno Aquino III amid the release of a draft report on the Dengvaxia controversy. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Senate to invite Bong Pineda to probe into small town lottery anomalies

Feb 12, 2018 - 6:55 PM

'It only shows na totoo nga na si Bong Pineda nag-ooperate sa Camarines Sur. Not only there but in areas na nakalista,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson

Senate Hearing PCSO on February 12. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Faeldon asks SC to order his release from Senate

Jan 29, 2018 - 1:24 PM

Resigned customs commissioner Nicanor Faeldon says Senator Richard Gordon wanted an apology that would make him 'look good before the public'

CONVINCING FAELDON. Senator Richard Gordon talks to former BOC Commissioner Nick Faeldon (2nd from right) inside the Senate detention room on September 11, 2017. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Joint voting on Cha-Cha? Senate's problems, plans against it

Jan 14, 2018 - 8:03 AM

If the Senate's vote is needed on ordinary bills, why not on the crucial task of amending the 1987 Constitution?

File photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Dengvaxia issue, Sereno acquittal, Cotto retirement | Evening wRap

Dec 04, 2017 - 9:38 PM

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Senators bribed to acquit Sereno? Gadon accusation 'pure hearsay'

Dec 04, 2017 - 2:53 PM

'Huwag kayo maniwala masyado kay Atty Gadon puro hearsay ang kanya, lalong hearsay pa ito,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson

'HEARSAY' In this file photo, Lorenzo Gadon is pictured at the House Committee on Justice during continuation of the impeachment proceedings against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on November 27, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

The different angles in Atio Castillo's hazing case

Nov 07, 2017 - 4:24 PM

Ventura's testimony is seen as a breakthrough in the hazing case, but Senator Lacson asks: could he be a Trojan horse?

HAZING. The death of freshman law student Horacio Castillo III triggers Senate investigations that have so far threshed out key details in a sensational case of hazing.

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

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, July 30-August 5, 2017

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

Bohol clash, Lascanas, Uson & Marcos | Evening wRap

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