MANILA — In order to set the tone for a disciplined and
corruption-free bureaucracy, Sen. Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson vowed on
Thursday to waive his rights under the Bank Secrecy Law and encourage
his fellow public servants to do the same – all in Day 1 of his
presidency, if he wins the 2022 election.
Lacson, standard-bearer of Partido Reporma, said this will also show
his brand of “leadership by example” to restore the trust of people in
“My first 100 days in office will also lay the foundation for a clean
government. To ensure our people that ‘leadership by example’ will set
the tone of my administration, I will lead the way by signing a waiver
of my rights under the Bank Secrecy Law and encourage all the members
of the cabinet, down to the rank and file to do the same,” he said at
the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s 47th Philippine
Business Conference and Expo.
“This will happen on my first day in office, not in the first 100
days. This will signal our commitment to restoring the trust of our
people in their public officials,” added Lacson, who has filed bills
in the Senate excluding all public servants – from the President down
- from the Bank Secrecy Act.
Lacson also said he will spend the rest of his first 100 days in
office in providing a more efficient lifeline for the health and
economic sectors, and laying the foundation for a clean government.
“Hence, in my first 100 days, I will ensure that we will fully fund
our existing gaps that will lead to the full implementation of the
Universal Health Care Act, to provide not just free vaccines to all
Filipinos but also free testing and treatment backed by data-driven
contact tracing that will enable us to stop all ‘lockdowns,'” he said.
This means harnessing and preparing resources to make newly developed
COVID-19 pills such as “molnupiravir” and other anti-viral drugs that
are scientifically proven to be effective against the Coronavirus both
accessible and affordable.
“We will do these efforts in partnership with our local executives and
the private sector,” he said. (AI/MTVN)