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Contrary to what one Facebook (FB) post claimed, presidential candidate and senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson held various positions under the government’s executive branch.

The executive branch, which carries out and enforces laws, includes the president, vice president, the Cabinet, and executive departments headed by Cabinet members. According to the National Government Portal, independent agencies, boards, commissions, and committees created by the president are also part of the executive branch.

Lacson served in the Philippine National Police (PNP) and in the now defunct Philippine Constabulary (PC) as part of the Metrocom Intelligence and Security Group (MISG). 

The PNP is under the executive department and part of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) by virtue of Republic Act (RA) No. 6975, as amended by RA No. 8551.

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