Magalong Vouches For Former PNP Chief Lacson | OneNews.PH

Baguio City Benjamin Magalong said Sen. Panfilo Lacson’s tenure as Philippine National Police chief from 1999 to 2001 proved that an official could govern a national organization without falling to corruption or compromising their principles.

1/24/2022 3:20:00 AM

Baguio City Benjamin Magalong said Sen. Panfilo Lacson’s tenure as Philippine National Police chief from 1999 to 2001 proved that an official could govern a national organization without falling to corruption or compromising their principles. | onenewsph

Baguio City Benjamin Magalong said Sen. Panfilo Lacson’s tenure as Philippine National Police chief from 1999 to 2001 proved that an official could govern a national organization without falling to corruption or compromising their principles.

And the three-term senator’s type of governance is one that can be duplicated, as Magalong himself has proven since becoming mayor of the Philippines’ summer capital in 2019, he explained to “Balitang Sapolitika” earlier this week.ang tama, ipaglaban, ang mali, labanan

“The reason why I am this kind of person is because (of) someone when I was in the PNP. When I was serving under him, (he) has so much influence in the way I think, in the way I govern, in the way I manage – and that’s Senator Panfilo Lacson,” Magalong said, noting that Lacson has all the qualities of a true leader.

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Sen. Panfilo Lacson (right) and Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong flank an unidentified supporter during a recent visit by the Partido Reporma standard-bearer to the city’s command center. Good governance beyond politics. This is the brand of public service Partido Reporma chairman and standard-bearer Panfilo “Ping” Lacson has impressed on his co-workers and subordinates over the years, leading many of them to believe and attest that he is the kind of leader the country needs come the May 9 elections. Among those Lacson has impressed is Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong, who said in a radio interview that the way the presidential candidate has conducted himself over a half-century career as a soldier, policeman, lawmaker and government official has underscored Lacson’s ability to serve the Filipino without expecting a reward for himself. And the three-term senator’s type of governance is one that can be duplicated, as Magalong himself has proven since becoming mayor of the Philippines’ summer capital in 2019, he explained to “Balitang Sapolitika” earlier this week. “How (Lacson) led the Philippine National Police (is) very transparent, there really is a strong sense of accountability. And you know, it’s all about governance and it’s the same thing that I’m applying. Good governance beyond politics – that’s my battle cry now in the City of Baguio,” he said. The first-term mayor said he has thrown his support behind his former boss not just because he is a former police general himself, but because the Partido Reporma chief’s principles on leadership and his lifelong mantra that “ ang tama, ipaglaban, ang mali, labanan ” (what’s right must be kept right, what is wrong must be set right) can truly bring the country to a better place. Case in point is Baguio itself, which has reaped various international and national awards in the last 2.5 years under the Magalong administration – proving that Lacson has truly left a positive and lasting impact on the country through others who have followed his examples. “The reason why I am this kind of person is because (of) someone when I was in the PNP. When I was serving under him, (he) has so much influence in the way I think, in the way I govern, in the way I manage – and that’s Senator Panfilo Lacson,” Magalong said, noting that Lacson has all the qualities of a true leader. Magalong said Lacson’s tenure as PNP chief from 1999 to 2001, when he wiped out “ kotong ” from the force by cascading the national police’s budget down to the precinct level, proved that an official could govern a national organization without falling to corruption or compromising their principles. Meanwhile, not once did Lacson take a bribe or even receive a token item or reward from grateful citizens while in a leadership position, only saying it was all in a day’s work, the mayor also recounted. After the PNP, Lacson sought to do the same in the Senate over 18 years by being the only senator to refuse his “pork barrel” allocation, meticulously watching over the national budget, and delivering exposes that uncovered anomalies in government and led to stronger laws for the benefit of Filipinos. Magalong is running for reelection under the Nationalist People’s Coalition – the party of Lacson’s running mate Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III – and vowed to continue the Lacson brand of governance “because it’s all about consistency, it’s all about conviction, it’s all about commitment.” “Let us not give up (our support for Lacson) because we know he is the only person who can fix our country. I saw it. I have personal experience (on how he leads) and I have strong conviction that if there’s anyone who can lead this country, (it is Lacson). Because we can never do trial and error this time,” Magalong said. Integrity Lacson said he considers the presidency as a sacrifice considering the daunting problems facing the country. According to Lacson,  he was ready to retire after decades in public service in both the executive and legislative branches of government but thought of offering himself to continue working given the numerous challenges that the country needs to overcome. “I look at the presidency as a sacrifice. I have already served the public well. But I see the country still faces humongous problems and I feel I can help given my track record," Lacson said in Filipino at"The Jessica Soho Presidential Interviews" on GMA 7  aired Saturday night, Jan. 22. "It would be a waste if I did not offer my experience to the people. I think I can do something to help, that's why I decided to run)," he said. He added that should he win, his administration's top three priorities would include budget reform, digitalization of government processes, and ending corruption - in line with his vow to fix the government's ills ( Aayusin ang gobyerno ayusin ang buhay ng bawat Pilipino ) and stopping thieves ( ). He said he has been praying for a better life for Filipinos. When asked what superpower he would wish for, he said it is to solve the problems of the Philippines and of Filipinos. "For the longest time, we have been suffering mostly due to self-inflicted circumstances and bad governance. I pray the time will come that we Filipinos will wake up and demand accountability from our public servants," he said.   He also said his biggest fear in life is that Filipinos would lose hope as well as trust in the government. “If that happens we will have no future.” When asked during the program what was his prized possession, Lacson replied that it was his integrity, which he said he has nurtured throughout his life - including more than 50 years in public service, as a law enforcer and as a lawmaker. "My integrity is what I am proud of. I never accepted any bribe throughout my public service. So it is my most prized possession in this lifetime,” he said.  As a law enforcer for 30 years, he said he maintained a"no-take" policy, rejecting hush and grease money from gambling lords as well as suppliers and contractors transacting with the Philippine National Police. He also declined reward money from grateful relatives of kidnap victims he rescued. In 18 years in the Senate, he said he rejected his pork barrel allocations as well as lobby money from some sectors in exchange for"favorable" legislation. Lacson also pointed out he has tasted power and knows how to fight the temptations that come with it. "I've tasted power and I know how to handle it through personal experience. I am not abusive or corrupt. That is something I can be proud of,” he said. – With Paolo Romero