As of this writing (March 2003) Ping Lacson is a
work in progress. He gained national
attention in the Philippines when he became the head of a special anti-crime
body within the national police force (PAOCTF). Soon after, many bad guys
started to met their maker after encounters with the PAOCTF. The result was
an appreciable decline in the national crime rate.
He was later appointed as
chief of the national police force by President Joseph Estrada. Under Ping's
watch there was a significant improvement in the image of the police force.
Corruption levels within the force declined and the peace and order
situation somewhat improved although there was disagreement on the veracity
of the crime statistics. Political events cut his tenure as police chief
short as President Estrada was deposed for corruption.
Counted out by many of his
critics, he was later elected as a senator - the first Lacson ever to hold a
nationally elected position. Controversy followed him however, as he was
accused of being involved in criminal activities. Details of his alleged
criminal activities were discussed in senate hearings that took on the air
of a soap opera. To this date none of the charges have been proven but the
cases against him continue. He has since declared his intention to run for
president in the 2004 elections.
The loud sentiments of both
his supporters and detractors easily make him the most controversial Lacson
thus far. Even among the extended Lacson family there is disagreement on
whether he is someone to be proud of, or ashamed of. Regardless, Ping
Lacson clearly belongs in the Lacson hall-of-fame
(December 2004 update)
As expected, Ping lacson made a run for the Presidency in the May 2004
elections. Although unsuccessful, he garnered enough votes to make him a
He remains a senator of the
republic. The charges against him remain unproven and he has called
(favorable) attention to himself by consistently refusing his allotment of
'pork barrel' funds.
His story is still
unfolding. Stay tuned....