Inimical to national interest? Sen. Ping Lacson slams Rappler

Inimical to national interest? Sen. Ping Lacson slams Rappler

  • Senator Ping Lacson clarified a tweet made by online news site Rappler.com.
  • He said that he never used the phrase “inimical to national interest” at the Senate hearing about NICA’s proposal.

Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson replied to a tweet by online news site Rappler.com saying that he accepted National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA)’s proposal to grant Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to shut down accounts that are “inimical to national interest”.

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On November 27, Lacson tweeted saying that he never used the quoted phrase during the hearing and the interviews.

Rappler’s Camilla Elemia clarified that the quoted phrase was actually from the proposal of the NICA, and not his interview.

The senator then said that his qualifying statement “should have been included by Rappler.com to preclude malice'”.

At the Senate hearing regarding the mentioned proposal, Lacson, chair of the public order panel, said that they are studying the input, as well as money transfer services that may be linked to terrorism.

“We must be clear. The state must take immediate action in the exercise of its police powers to address the threat of terrorism.”

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