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Lacson vows to call out questionable Duterte policies

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By Mario Casayuran

Senator Panfilo M. Lacson said on Friday he would continue to support the leadership of President Duterte but ‘’would not stop calling him out on major decisions which I don’t think serve the best interest of our country and people.’’

Sen. Panfilo Lacson (Senate of the Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN)

Sen. Panfilo Lacson (Senate of the Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

‘’Just like the termination of the (RP-US Visiting Forces Agreement) VFA, the Philippine government’s travel ban to Taiwan is a policy decision implemented by the executive department which may not necessarily be correct, health-wise and politically,’’ he said.

‘’Politically, it seems that the China lobby has become a very powerful force under this administration,’’ he pointed out.

Lacson, chairman of the Senate national defense and security committee, said only time would tell if this major shift in the country’s foreign policy would benefit the Filipino people in the medium and long term – even as in the immediate term, the travel ban might already have potentially dire consequences for our Filipino workers in Taiwan
Lacson lamented that the Filipino people elected a President who does not appear to give much importance to counsels and consultations with sectors that could very well help him arrive at well-informed decisions.

‘’While I do not question his sincerity in trying to solve the problems besetting our country since the time the millennials of the world were not even born, I still hope he can leave his own legacy worth remembering,’’ he said.

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