|Political Party:|| Independent (2004- )|
|Born:|| June 1, 1948|
|Spouse:||Alice de Perio|
Panfilo Morena Lacson is a Philippine Senator and former Chief of the Philippine National Police. He is the primary author of the Anti-Money Laundering Control Act of 2001. He is known for his personal dictum, What is right must be kept right. What is wrong must be set right.
Background and Education
Ping, as he is popularly known, was born out of humble beginnings on June 1, 1948, in Imus, Cavite. He is married to Alice de Perio-Lacson from Bolinao, Pangasinan and they have four children: Reginald, Ronald Jay, Panfilo Jr. (who is married to Philippine actress Jodi Sta. Maria) and Jeric. He finished his grade school at the Bayang Luma Elementary School and his secondary education at the Imus Institute. Before entering the Philippine Military Academy (PMA), he took up Philosophy in the Lyceum of the Philippines but did not finish his course. He then entered the PMA in 1967. He decided to join the Philippine Constabulary after graduating from the PMA. He also pursued to further his studies by taking up masteral courses in Government Management at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila.
Police/Military Training/Scholarship Course
- Bachelor Science Degree, Philippine Military Academy, Baguio City
- Intel Officers Basic Course, SITS, Fort Bonifacio
- Military Intel Collection Course, SITS, Fort Bonifacio
- Counter URBAN Guerilla Warfare Course, Fort Magsaysay
- Incident Management Course, PSG, Malacañang
- Airmobile Operations Course, Camp Crame, Quezon City
- Command and General Staff Course, Command General Staff College Fort Bonifacio
After graduating from the PMA, he worked at the Metrocom Intelligence and Security Group. After being part of the Metrocom for 15 years, he decided to join the Philippine Constabulary - Integrated National Police Anti-Carnapping Task Force in 1986. He became the provincial commander of the PC-INP Anti-Carnapping Task Force in 1988 in Isabela. In that same year, he became the commanding officer of Cebu Metrodiscom and the provincial director of Laguna and stayed in the post until 1992. He was also the Chief of Task Force Habagat of the Presidential Anti-Crime Commission during the term of Joseph Estrada as president of the Philippines. In 1996, he became the Project Officer of Special Project Alpha. He was put to post as Chief of the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Task Force in June 1998 and kept the post until January 2001. Only a year after being put as Chief of the PAOC-TF, he became the Chief of the Philippine National Police in 1999 and kept the position until January of 2001.
Chief of the PNP
Known to be the "no non-sense" leader of the Philippine National Police, Lacson was abol to achieve 58% public approval rating for the PNP, the highest in the PNP's history, and 78% approval rating for himself. He improved the efficiency of the police force by downloading 85% of PNP's logistics to town and city police stations. He was dubbed as "Kotong-Buster" by jeepney, taxi, bus and delivery truck drivers, farmers, market vendors, etc. Among the many changes he instituted in the police force is the "No-Take" policy, stating that no member of the force shall take any kind of bribe from any entity. He instilled disipline in the force and raised the morale of the officers. He stopped the use of recovered carnapped vehicles. He was also the founder of the PNP Foundation Inc. And one of the major contributions he gave was helping in the improvement of Asian regional police network in combating manufacture and distribution of illegal drugs in the country and the region.
Accomplishments as Chief of PNP
- 58% public approval rating for PNP and 78% approval rating for himself
- Improved police efficiency after being able to download 85% of PNP's logistics to town and city police stations
- Eradicated “Kotong” culture among policemen, earned title “Kotong-Buster”
- Instituted “No-Take” policy
- Stopped the use of recovered carnapped vehicles
- Founded PNP Foundation Inc.
- Combatted manufacture and distribution of illegal drugs
Senator of the Philippines
On May of 2001, he ran as a legislator in the Senate of the Philippines and was elected to the position. At present, he is part of the 14th Congress and is working on the legislation to fight terrorism through the passage of the Anti-Terrorism Bill. He is the Chairman of the Committees on Accounts, Ways and Means, and Ethics of the 14th Congress of the Senate of the Philippines. He was also the Chairman of the Committee on Civil Service and Government Reorganization of the Senate of the Philippines 13th Congress.
Commission on Appointments
- Chairman of the Committee on Constitutional Commissions and Offices (January 2009-2010)
- Chairman of the Committee on Justice and the Judicial Bar Council (February 2003- December 2005)
- Member of all the standing Committees in the CA (February 2003- December 2005)
- Assistant Minority Floor Leader in the CA (2005)
Bills enacted into law
Lacson was one of the principal authors of the following laws:
- Republic Act No. 9160, Anti-Money Laundering Act
- Republic Act No. 9163, The National Service Training Program (NSTP) Act of 2001
- Republic Act No. 9166, An Act Increasing the Base Pay of the Members of the AFP
- Republic Act No. 9208, The Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003
- Republic Act No. 9416, Anti-Cheating Act of 2007
- Repuclic Act No. 9485, Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007
- Republic Act No. 9489, The Philippine Dental Act of 2007
He was one of the co-authors of the following laws:
- Republic Act No. 9165, the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002
- Republic Act No. 9189, the Absentee Voting Act
- Republic Act No. 9287, the Anti-Jueteng and Illegal Numbers Game
- Republic Act No. 9406, An Act Reorganizing the Public Attorney’s Office
Bills pending for Bicameral Conference:
- Senate Bill No. 2597, An Act Amending the RA 9280 or the Customs Brokers Act of 2004
As a senator, he was a member of the following committees:
- Committee on National Defense
- Blue Ribbon Committee
- Committee on Foreign Relations
- Committee on Trade and Commerce
- Committee on Local Government
- Committee on Finance
- Committee on Public Order and Illegal Drugs
- Committee on Public Services
- Committee on Constitutional Amendments, Revision of Codes and Laws
- Committee on Ways and Means
- Committee on Labor and Employment
- Committee on Environment and Natural Resources
- Committee on Agriculture
- Committee on Games, Amusement and Sports
- The IMPSA investigation – 2002
- The Jose Pidal investigation – 2003
- The Jueteng investigation – 2005
- The Textbook Scam investigation – 2006 – 2007
- The plight of Filipino nurses recruited by Sentosa Recruitment Agency – 2007
- Alleged bribery in the failed impeachment bid against President Arroyo – 2007
- Overpricing in the decorative lampposts used in the Asean summit in Cebu City – 2007
- Irregularities in the multibillion-peso Quedancor swine program – 2008
- The plan by the Social Security System to channel workers’ pension funds into a government economic stimulus program – 2009
Awards and Recognition
- Ten Outstanding Policemen of Philippines, Philippine Jaycess Inc., 1998
- Hero To Eliminate Crime, James Shih, President Taiwan Association (Phils.) Inc., 1998
- Police Director of the Year, Recom 7, Cebu, 1992
(also received 17 Military Medals, 3 Medalya ng Kadakilaan, 3 Medalya ng Kagalingan, 2 Outstanding Achievement Medals, 5 Military Commendation Medals, 5 Bronze Cross Medals, 2 Medalya ng Papuri, Luzon Campaign Medal, Visayan Campaign Medal, Combat Efficiency Medal)
- ”Adopted Son of Cebu”, Cebu City Council Resolution, 1991
- Commendation, Secretary Rafael Alunan III, 1990
- PMA Alumni Achievement Award, Philippine Military Academy Alumni, 1990
- Special Medal of Honor, Kapisanan ng mga Broadcaster ng Pilipinas (KBP), 1990
- Gen. Licerio Topacio Outstanding Achievement Award, 1990
- Certificate of Academics Exellence Philippine Constabulary Officer of the Year, RECOM 7, Cebu, 1990
- PMA Alumni Cavalier Award, PMAAA, 1983
- PC Metrocom Officer of the Year, Philippine Constabulary, 1982
Special Citations Received From
- Philippine College of Rotary Governor
- Rotary Club of Manila
- Lions President League of the Philippines
- Philippine Chamber of Commerce & Industry,
- Manila Downtown Y’s Men’s Club
- Council of Past Lions Governors of the Philippines
- Cebu Chamber of Commerce, Cebu Bankers Club
- Cebu City Office for Substance Abuse Prevention
- Metro Cebu Uptown Jaycees
- Rotary Club of San Fernando (La Union)
- Assusasyon ng Kumentarista at Announcer ng Pilipinas
- Pugad Lawin Philippines, Inc.
- Police Cavaliers Association, Inc.
- National Police Commission
- Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce
- PMA Class ’71 (MATATAG)
- Rotary Club of Kaloocan
- Rotary Club of Metro Cebu
- Rotary Club of Cebu West
- Rotary Club of Cebu Port Center
- Rotary International District 390
- Rotary Club of Biñan
- Direct Commission Batch ’71 PNPC Chapter
- KBP Metro Manila Chapter
- Guest of Honor and Commencement Speaker at the Commencement Exercises of Bicol University, Daraga, Albay.
Lacson left for Hong Kong on 5 January, two days before he was formally charged. It is not known whether Lacson has moved to another country. He admitted in a statement that he fled from the country to evade arrest, claiming political persecution by the former administration.
Then Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Agnes Devanadera said that Lacson is now considered a fugitive since a warrant of arrest has been issued. She ordered National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to seek the aid of the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) and its counterparts in several countries to serve the arrest warrant.
The senator's lawyer Alex Avisado said that Lacson is not to be considered a fugitive since the issuance of the warrant of arrest is still being questioned in the Supreme Court. Avisado also labeled the “Wanted” posters put up by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) as a mere shame campaign.
Lacson has returned to the Philippines on board Cathay Pacific Flight at the Cebu Mactan International Airport from Hongkong on 26 March 2011. He proceeded to Manila from Cebu. He decided to go back to the country after the Court of Appeals lifted the warrant for Lacson's arrest.
Lacson to join impeachment trial of Ombudsman Gutierrez
Senate president Juan Ponce Enrile counts on Lacson to participate in Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez' impeachment trial as soon as the Senate convenes as an impeachment court on 9 May 2011. Enrile added that nothing prevents Lacson from participating in the impeachment trial.
Meanwhile, Malacañang is ready to support Lacson's request for a reinvestigation of the Dacer-Corbito case. Presidential Communications Office Secretary Ricky Carandang said that the impartiality of the Department of Justice (DOJ) prosecutors during former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was questionable.
Press Conference After a Year of Self Exile
Lacson held a press conference in the Philippine Senate on 28 March 2011, 13 months after he self exiled. During the press conference, he recounted his experiences while in self exile. He said that he was moving places to avoid the national agents who were searching for him. He lived in safe house but refused to disclose his whereabouts. He added that he was able to track down the developments about his case through the internet.
Lacson denied claims that Aquino's present administration is helping him. He said that it continues to prosecute his case.
A petition for review would be filed by Demetrio Custodio, lawyer of Carina Dacer, to review the Court of Appeals resolution regarding his case. Lacson agrees on the action and said that he will accept the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of the Dacers. He added that he is willing to accept the proposal about the reinvestigation to be conducted by the Department of Justice.
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