Apologize, 'Ping' told

September 25, 2019
Panfilo Lacson

SENATOR Panfilo  “Ping” Lacson should and must apologize to the members of the House of Representatives over false allegations of inserted pork barrel.

In his collective and personal privileged speech, Capiz Rep. Fredenil Castro said Lacson has destroyed the reputation not just of the House of Representatives but every member of the lower chamber especially the neophytes who are very passionate and idealistic about their work.

Castro said Lacson has no evidence to prove that pork barrel is inserted in the proposed 2020 national budget, which was already approved on final reading in the House.

“Senator Lacson is so reckless to be a general and a public servant, and therefore he should and must apologize to all the members of the House,” Castro said.

Minority Leader Benny Abante and Anakalusugan Rep. Mike Defensor expressed strong support to the call of Castro.

In his interpellation, Defensor said the Senate leadership should also apologize to the House for its failure to discipline am uppechamber member like Lacson.

Earlier, Castro and even Majority Leader Martin Romualdez dared Lacson to reveal his source or the lawmakers who told the senator about the alleged pork barrel insertions of the House members.

Lacson had revealed that the House allocated P1.5 billion pork for each Deputy Speaker and at least P700 million for every member of the House.

Under Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, there are 22 Deputy Speakers appointed to assist or oversee different committees and concerns of the House.

But the House leadership denied the pork barrel or even insertions saying the additional P1.6 billion for the 2020 budget will be used for the research and improvement of the facilities in the Batasan Complex.

According to Castro, the lawmakers are very disappointed over the wrong accusation and misinformation of Lacson.

Castro described Lacson’s statement as irresponsible, imprudent and misguided.

“The allegation is nothing but concoction and imaginary,” Castro said.

Last week the House approved the House Bill 4228 or the General Appropriations Bill. The proposed national budget is P4.1 trillion. The proposed budget for the House of Representatives is P14 billion.