Lacson mulls going to Supreme Court

February 03, 2019
Panfilo Lacson

THE “war” over pork barrel insertions in the 2019 proposed national budget may reach the Supreme Court as anti-pork advocate Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson yesterday said he is considering going to the high court.

Lacson said that he has no other recourse but to go to the SC if the budget which he called “pork-laden” will be passed into law even if the issue over provisions he is questioning is still not resolved.

“Isa sa mga option (SC) pero alam mo kaya lang naman nagkaroon ng napakalaking issue, remember ang 1M March na naganap? Nagkaroon ng consciousness sa publiko.  Ngayon na-erode ang consciousness na yan nababalik na naman at pinag-ikutan ang SC ruling,” Lacson explained.

“That’s one of the options na pwedeng i-take kung meron akong makakasama na magtutulak para iliwanag uli ng SC ano ang pork,” he added.

For the meantime, the senator maintained that the proposed budget is not “pork-free.”

He further insisted that the national budget is the money of the people and that it should be spent for them.

He claimed that if the pork insertions cannot be stopped, the taxes that the government gets from the people will continue to rise because national projects for the people are not being funded properly.

“Pero nababawasan ang kinikita natin dahil nagdadagdag ng buwis.  Ok yan kung mapupunta sa dapat mapuntahan.  Ang national budget para sa kaalaman ng mga kababayan natin, sa mga ayaw makialam o parang wala lang sa kanila, ang buwis nanggagaling sa bulsa natin,” Lacson added.