Installing Designated Survivor in Phl setting, timely – lawmakers

Maris Federez   •   August 30, 2019   •   1237

Senator Panfilo Lacson on Friday voiced out his concern whenever the President, Vice President, senators, House representatives, and members of the Cabinet are together in one event.

“Example, there are extremists or a terrorist bomb at the Batasan and all died. We don’t have a successor,” he said.

That is why the senator believes that it is high time for the country to have a designated survivor, and filed his version of the Designated Survivor Bill.

A designated survivor is chosen and will be tasked to be the leader of the country when government officials included in the line of succession are incapacitated or have died at the same time.

An official who will be chosen to be the designated survivor will be brought to a safe house whenever the President holds a state of the nation address.

In the country’s existing law, included in the line of succession after the President is the Vice President, the Senate President, and the House Speaker.

 “After the Speaker of the House, we will continue the line of succession by naming the most senior member of the senate in terms of number of years. At kung naubos pa rin lahat ng senador, yung most senior member of the House of Representatives. Kung maubos parin ang lahat ng member ng House of Representatives [And when no one is left in the Senate, it will be the most senior in the House of Representatives. And when one is left in the House of Representatives], the President will now designate a Designated Survivor from among the members of the cabinet,” Lacson explained.

Meanwhile, on her version of the said bill in the House, Quezon City Representative Precious Hipolito-Castelo proposed that the Designated Survivor must be from the President’s Cabinet.

 “The absence of a leader can lead to lawlessness and disorder and, worst, anarchy,” the lady lawmaker said.

She stressed the need for a designated survivor, saying it will prevent the country from going into chaos in case the leaders perish.

Senator Lacson admitted that he was inspired to file the Designated Survivor Bill after watching the popular American TV series bearing the same title which revolves in the life and challenges of being the Designated Survivor.

U.S. law provides that a Designated Survivor is installed in office when the President, Vice President, and other officials come together in a gathering, such as the State of the Union Address, Presidential inauguration and during Congress Joint Session.

“Kapag naisabatas ito maraming hindi a-attend ng SONA [Once this is passed, many will not attend the SONA],” the senator quipped. (from the report of Grace Casin) /mbmf

Lacson, Sotto test negative for illegal drugs

Maris Federez   •   November 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential aspirant Senator Panfilo Lacson and running mate Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Monday (November 22) underwent voluntary drug testing at the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) office in Diliman, Quezon City, and tested negative for drug use, a statement from the Partido Reporma said.

Earlier in the day, Sotto said: “Magkaalaman na kung sino matatapang”.

The Lacson-Sotto tandem said their move was to show that they are drug-free and fit to run in the 2022 national and local elections.

Sotto earlier said that ordinary drug tests only determine “shabu” or  “marijuana” use.

However, the PDEA test that they took, he said, is a ‘’multi-drug one-step immunometric assay for the detection of drugs of abuse in urine.’’

In the statement, Lacson said he and Sotto took a multi-drug screening procedure, which is capable of detecting all types of illegal substances in a human body. They both tested negative for illegal drugs.

The tandem went through all the protocols from the signing up of forms to the submission of their urine samples where an attending physician monitored them closely to ensure the authenticity of the tests.

Last Friday, Lacson suggested Friday conducting a random drug test to candidates following President Rodrigo Duterte’s statement on an unnamed presidential candidate who was into cocaine.

“I have never been addicted to drugs all my life, so I have no problem with that. In fact, we should all undergo random testing to make it more credible,” he said.

Meanwhile, in an ambush interview in General Santos City, Senator Christopher ‘Bong’ Go who is also running for president, reiterated that, although it is not mandatory, he is willing to undergo drug testing any time of the day.

“Ako naman po willing magpa-drug test anytime of the day. Anytime po kung kakailanganin,” Go said.

“Though hindi mandatory, pero just to prove lang po sa Pilipino kung sino yung fit na mamuno sa ating bansa ay willing po akong magpa-drug test, any time of the day po,” he added. —/mbmf

Sara Duterte rejoins Hugpong ng Pagbabago party

Robie de Guzman   •   November 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Vice presidential aspirant, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio rejoined Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP), just a week after resigning from the regional party.

In a statement, the HNP confirmed that Duterte-Carpio is once again the chairperson of HNP after she took her oath in Davao City.

“On behalf of the officers and members of HNP throughout Davao region, we welcome back our beloved Mayor Sara. Padayon ta sa paglupad! “ said Anthony Del Rosario, HNP’s secretary general.

Last week, Duterte-Carpio resigned from HNP, a party she founded, to join the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD). This move paved the way for her to file her candidacy for a national post through substitution.

She also took over the chairmanship of Lakas-CMD, under which she is running for vice president in the 2022 elections.

 “Mayor Sara’s re-appointment as our Chairperson became possible as both parties’ Constitution and By-Laws do not prohibit membership and appointment as officer, since HNP is a regional political party,” Del Rosario said.

“Mayor Sara’s role as concurrent Chairperson of both HNP and Lakas-CMD will further strengthen the alliance between the two parties. An alliance that will promote a strong people-centered development throughout Davao Region and the Philippines,” he added.

Sara Duterte on VP bid: ‘It’s an opportunity to meet supporters halfway’

UNTV News   •   November 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on Sunday explained her decision to run for vice president in 2022 despite earlier pronouncements that she’s not gunning for a national position.

In a video posted on her Facebook page, Duterte-Carpio said the offer to vie for the nation’s no. 2 post was an opportunity to meet her supporters halfway.

“Nagdesisyon na ako na huwag tumakbong pagkapangulo ng Pilipinas, subalit wala pa ring humpay ang inyong mga panawagan kahit na pagkalipas ng ika-8 ng Oktubre. I have thousands of supporters who cried last October 8 and I cannot find it in my heart to make them cry again on Nov. 15. After the deadline, the offer to run for vice president became an opportunity to meet you halfway,” she said.

On Saturday, November 13, the presidential daughter filed her certificate of candidacy (COC) for vice president as substitute for Lakas-CMD’s original bet Lyle Uy for the 2022 national and local elections.

Shortly after, the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas announced its adoption of the Davao mayor and endorsed her as the running mate of the party’s standard-bearer Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, Jr.

Duterte-Carpio called on her supporters to “stay calm” and tried to distance herself from the issues facing the ruling party, Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).

“The problems of PDP are their own. Let them resolve their issues within their party. This is all politics and this will not matter in the years to come, or or even now when what we need to focus on is our country’s recovery and the people’s welfare,” she said.

“So, let us all be circumspect and stay the call, focus on forging relationships, to unite for the good of our country,” she added.




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