• Lacson eager to entrap corrupt govt officials

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    Former senator Panfilo Lacson wants to hit the ground running when he assumes his new post as head of an anti-corruption agency.

    On Sunday, Lacson said he hopes to get the green light to launch entrapment operations against corrupt officials.

    Lacson said the government needs a dedicated agency that will complement the Office of the Ombudsman, which files complaints against state officials or employees.

    Lacson said that while the Ombudsman can investigate and prosecute illegal, unjust, improper or inefficient acts of a public officer or employee, office or agency, it would be better if there is an agency that will go after unscrupulous government officials and personnel.

    “And that is what I want, to fill in a dedicated unit of government focused on anti-corruption campaign,” he said in a radio interview.

    Malacañang is fine-tuning the executive order that would create the anti-corruption body Lacson will head.

    He admitted he has no idea of the agency’s scope of the authority but he prefers it has “operational capability.”

    “It could only be a paper agency, or purely coordinative agency with no operational capability which I hope will not be,” he said.

    Lacson, a former chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), said if he has his way, the agency will use entrapment operations to speed up the prosecution of errant officials.

    He said one of the reasons why the government’s anti-corruption campaign seems to be lagging is because erring officials will stop at nothing to delay the prosecution of their cases.

    “But if we can come up with a punitive approach in dealing with corrupt officials, I believe we can send a strong message to everybody,” Lacson said.

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      • ping lacson is a corrupt govt official too, how can he do clens the govt. corrupt official for which he is the one to be charged. Remember the kuratong baleleng, it was a whitewash during his term. Pinoy dont forget that pls.

    1. Good luck, Lacson. Maybe the first one you will entrap are cronies of your patron, BS Aquino. Or maybe he himself !!!

    2. SAna hindi siya bias, at huliin nya kahit kapatid pa niya. what if ang huliin niya ay ang mga kalaban lang niya… bwahahaha

    3. Lendry Obana on

      I totally agree with senator lacson. An independent department from the executive branch is a good idea. It has to be free from political influences and operates independently from the the police force. I would like to see this department starts with politicians that are very corrupt and everything will fall into place. I will even donate funding if this plan will go thru.

    4. manny lumanao on

      Ping Lacson’s draft Executive Order is a test for the Aquino Regime. We will know from PNOY if, indeed, he is serious in his “matuwid na daan” by pushing the greenlight of Lacson’s proposal.

    5. I agree with Ping Lacson. That is a very good idea. The the government should also start building prisons for white collar crimes or non violent crimes so they will not be mixed with violent criminal prisoners. and these non violent criminals maybe asked to work for free in a factory or farms run by the government. This will be additional revenues for the government. The food farms can also be used to feed them prisoners and excess will be sold to public. In many countries they already are doing this like in US, Italy, China just to name a few.

    6. wedin apemsten on

      this is a welcome and very important task ahead of you sir! if given that chance do you have some names in your line up which you feel would be your priority. for sure ‘vindictiveness” is completely out of your agenda. but just a theoritical question would you care to dip your finger and test the water to try your nemesis the formidable lady senator from iloilo merriam santiago? i think that would help in boosting your good reputation as the “iron man” in head to head confrontation be in wits and action with anybody who is seemingly formidable.

    7. cs dela cruz on

      yes its about time- clean-up the corrupt government officials, politicians,public servants. thank you

    8. I am impressed by Lacson`s urgency to expose, gather evidence for corrupt politicians, leaders, govt officials and private citizens…But, I wonder if he can/shall do it to his former friends at the Senate…Enrile, Estrada and Revilla…He was always ready to defend Enrile while they were at the Senate….Hope, Lacson can probe..he meant business..trully and sincerely doing his jobb! Let us see and wait….