Panfilo Lacson

PanfiloPingMorena Lacson Sr. (Tagalog pronunciation: [ˈlakson]; born June 1, 1948) is a Filipino politician and former police general serving as a Senator since 2016, and previously from 2001 to 2013. He was the Director General of the Philippine National Police (PNP) from 1999 to 2001, and was a candidate in the 2004 presidential election.[2]

Filipino politician and former Philippine Police Chief

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Panfilo Lacson

Lacson in 2007
Senator of the Philippines
Assumed office
June 30, 2016
In office
June 30, 2001  June 30, 2013
Chair of the Philippine Senate
National Defense
and Security Committee
Assumed office
July 23, 2019
Preceded by Gregorio Honasan
Chair of the Philippine Senate
Accounts Committee
Assumed office
July 24, 2019
Preceded by Gregorio Honasan
Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery
In office
December 10, 2013  February 10, 2015
President Benigno Aquino III
Chief of the Philippine National Police
In office
November 16, 1999  February 16, 2001
President Joseph Estrada
Preceded by Edmundo L. Larroza
Succeeded by Leandro Mendoza
Personal details
Panfilo Morena Lacson

(1948-06-01) June 1, 1948 (age 73)
Imus, Cavite, Philippines

Political party Partido Reporma (2021–present)[1]
Other political
LDP (2001–2004)
Independent (2004–2021)
United Opposition (2007–2010)
Spouse(s) Alice de Perio
Children 4
Alma mater Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila
Philippine Military Academy
Imus Institute
Bayang Luma Elementary School
Military service
Allegiance  Philippines
Branch/service Philippine Constabulary
Philippine National Police
Police career
Allegiance Philippines
Department Philippine National Police
Rank Director General

As senator, Lacson has been the only senator (aside from the late Joker Arroyo) who has never used his PhP200-million-a-year Priority Development Assistance Fund (pork barrel) allocations. Instead, he returned all of them to the National Treasury, saving government PhP2.4 billion in 12 years.[3] He has instead called out and pushed for the removal of dubious congressional insertions and appropriations, earning him a reputation as a “watchdog” of the national budget.

In December 2013, Lacson was appointed by then-PresidentBenigno Aquino III as Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery, to lead the management and rehabilitation efforts of the central provinces in the Philippines affected by Super typhoon Yolanda.[4] Eight months into his job, Lacson secured the approval from Aquino of the phased implementation of the rehabilitation plan for six areas in the Super-Typhoon Yolanda Destruction Corridor, especially in the Eastern Visayas and Central Visayasregions.

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Panfilo Morena Lacson was born in Imus, Cavite on June 1, 1948.[5] His late mother, Maxima, a market vendor, was a disciplinarian who instilled distinctions between right and wrong with her children. This grew to be part of his motto, “What is right must be kept right; what is wrong must be set right.”[6]

He finished grade school at the Bayang Luma Elementary School in 1960 and high school at the Imus Institute in 1964. While Lacson initially wanted to be an agent of the National Bureau of Investigation, he was invited by a classmate to take the entrance exams at the Philippine Military Academy. Lacson passed but the classmate who invited him did not.[7]

After his graduation from the PMA in 1971, Lacson was commissioned in the Philippine Constabulary (PC), then a major service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) responsible for maintaining peace and order and enforcement of laws in the country.[5]

In 1996, he earned a postgraduate degree of Master in Government Management from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila.[5]

Meanwhile, Lacson’s advocacy against the pork barrel system and the corruption associated with him was cited by the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila when it conferred on him the degree of Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa, on March 27, 2019.[8]

Lacson worked at the Philippine Constabulary Metropolitan Command (Metrocom), Metrocom Intelligence and Security Group (MISG), commanded by the late Colonel Rolando Abadilla, from 1971 to 1986. Lacson, whose work involved mainly intelligence-gathering, rose through the ranks, becoming Lieutenant Colonel in the mid-1980s. After the 1986 People Power Revolution, he served at the PCINP Anti-Carnapping Task Force as its commander from 1986 to 1988, as provincial commander of the Province of Isabela from 1988 to 1989, and as commander of the Cebu Metropolitan District Command (Metrodiscom) from 1989 to 1992. In 1991, he joined the then-newly created civilian Philippine National Police, or PNP, formed as a result of the merger of the military Philippine Constabulary and the civilian Integrated National Police or INP. (The INP was formed in 1975 as an integration of all local police forces in the country then under operational control of the PC.) Soon Lacson became Provincial Director of the Province of Laguna from February to July 1992. Afterwards, he was appointed Chief of Task Force Habagat at the Presidential Anti-Crime Commission from 1992 to 1995. From 1996 to April 1997, he was given the task of project officer of “Special Project Alpha.” Lacson was appointed Chief of the PNP on November 18, 1999.

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