Expect equal application of laws under Lacson leadership — Carmona exec

Expect equal application of laws under Lacson leadership — Carmona exec

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA — Equal protection of fundamental rights regardless of social
status awaits many Filipinos under the possible administration of
Partido Reporma chairman and standard-bearer Panfilo “Ping” Lacson,
Carmona Mayor Roy Loyola said on Wednesday (November 10).

Loyola, who also hails from Cavite province as Lacson, told a morning
radio show that the veteran lawmaker is in the best position to lead
the country for the next six years because of his commitment to
implement the laws of our land without prejudice.

The municipal mayor backed up his words by citing the legendary career
of Lacson as chief of Philippine National Police (PNP), when he
succeeded in eliminating the culture of corruption among the uniformed
personnel, thus restoring public trust in the institution.

“Kung napatino niya (Lacson) ang mga pulis, siguro ang mga sibilyan
natin titino rin, susunod din lahat. Magiging patas kasi ang
pagpapatupad ng batas. Walang mayaman, walang mahirap, at ‘yun ang
kailangan natin,” Loyola told radio anchor Deo Macalma over DZRH.

(If he [Lacson] was able to discipline our policemen, I believe our
civilians will be disciplined as well. Everyone will follow suit
because there will be an equal application of the laws, regardless of
whether you are rich or poor, and that is what we need.)

Lacson led the PNP between 1999 to 2001 and during this period, Loyola
said, the so-called “kotong” cops or those policemen who had the habit
of extorting money from the public were stamped out.

“Sa panahon lang niya [na] ‘yung pulis natin ay naging maayos, ano.
Tumaas ‘yung trust rating from negative to positive-68. Talagang ‘yung
pulis ay naging maayos at naging magalang sa ating mga sibilyan. Wala
nga ‘yung kotong cops e,” Loyola noted.

(It was only during his time that the police officers were in order.
The trust rating [for the PNP] increased from negative to positive-68.
The police were really nice and respectful to our civilians. The
‘kotong’ cops were not around.)

Loyola likewise mentioned that the proposed Budget Reform Advocacy for
Village Empowerment (BRAVE) program of Lacson is a great way to help
secure better public funding for much practical local developments
projects across the nation.

“‘Yung mga barangay captain natin, mayors, governors hindi na
mag-lo-lobby sa national government dahil magkakaroon na ng
development fund ‘yung mga different LGU (local government units) up
to barangay,” the Carmona mayor said of BRAVE.

(Our barangay captains, mayors, governors no longer have to lobby our
national government because the different LGUs up to the barangay will
already have development fund allocations.)

Lacson is seeking the presidency in the 2022 elections alongside his
longtime friend and legislative colleague, Senate President Vicente
“Tito” Sotto III, who is running for vice president under the
Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC).

BRAVE has been shaping up as the flagship program of the Lacson-Sotto
tandem based on their shared principles that spending public funds in
a transparent and judicious manner can lead to more inclusive social
and economic progress for all Filipinos.

Loyola and Sotto are party mates at NPC. The incumbent Carmona mayor
is also running for Congress in the 2022 elections to represent the
fifth district of Cavite covering the municipalities of Carmona,
Silang, and General Mariano Alvarez. (ai/mtvn)

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