By Mario Casayuran
Senator Panfilo M. Lacson sees nothing wrong in President Duterte’s prolonged absences as he had done it several times.
Concerns are being raised over his absence from public view the past seven days, leading some observers to ask whether this is caused by medical problems.
‘’Probably he (President Duterte) likes working on pending documents alone and undistracted. Whatever it is, I hope nothing is wrong with his health and that of any family member,’’ Lacson said.
Lacson, chairman of the Senate national defense committee, said the President’s absence from public view ‘’is a valid concern and I share the SND’s (Secretary of National Defense’s) apprehension.’’
‘’Physical and other forms of security concerns should always be our top priority especially in this day and age of incredibly fast moving technology, not to mention the recent incursions in the West Philippines Sea (WPS) and the massive presence of Chinese nationals in the country,’’ he pointed out.
‘’What is more worrying is the petty corruption involving some employees of regulatory agencies like the LTO (Land Transportation Office) and the Immigration Bureau where identification documents like a driver’s license or a temporary work permit are easily obtained, mostly by Chinese tourists through bribery involving unscrupulous officials. These employees must be exposed and prosecuted for endangering our security,’’ he stressed.
‘’I hope the heads of these agencies can do something to check on these anomalies as soon as possible,’’ he added.