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Santiago, Lacson trade insults over Enrile cash gift issue

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Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago and senator Panfilo Lacson. INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS

MANILA, Philippines – A word-war erupted on Wednesday between senators Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Panfilo Lacson over the issue on the millions of pesos given to senators last year.

This, after Santiago directed her ire  at one senator, whom she described  as once a “fugitive from justice” for defending Senate President Juan Ponce-Enrile over the additional P2.2 million  maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE) that he gave to the senators.

Santiago did not name names but Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, who went in hiding in 2010 after he was charged for the killing of publicist Salvador “Bubby” Dacer and his driver, quickly fired back in a text message to reporters, calling the woman senator a “crusading crook.”

“Enrile does not even have the guts to face me at a public televised debate.  Instead, he has been hiding behind the tails of his attack dogs,” Santiago said in an interview on cable network.

All senators except for Santiago, Senate Minority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano, Senators Pia Cayetano, and Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV got the full amount.

The four reportedly got only the P600,000 in November 2012 but never received the  remaining  P1.6 million  released the following month.

Santiago said one of Enrile’s attack dogs was not a lawyer but a person “pretending to be one.”

“He does not even have a clue about the principle of exhaustion of administrative remedies.  He was involved in a court case, and he turned tail and became a fugitive from justice, which is criminal behavior, she said, referring to the unnamed senator.

“That is what you get when a layman filled with hubris pretends to be a lawyer.  Pilit nakikisawsaw,” she added.

Santiago lamented that Enrile’s defender has been calling her to shut up on the issue.

“If that senator wants to participate in the conspiracy of silence, he can, but he should respect my freedom of expression and the public’s right to know under the Constitution,” she said.

“If a dog barks at midnight, the homeowner should go out and search for the intruder, instead of beating the dog,” she further said.

Sought for comment, Lacson said, “Senator Miriam Santiago is what we may call a crusading crook.”

“She pretends to be clean when she is not. A hypocrite par excellence. She doesn’t have a single shred of integrity in her veins and moral ascendancy over any mortal on earth,” he said.

“Ask the people who have fallen victims to her verbal threats and assaults and they will tell you how much they shelled out,” he added.

Lacson said Santiago should do some soul searching and self-reflection and should also stop blaming God for all her hurt feelings.


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  • rising_phoenix40

    Who’s the biggest crook? Remember the Kuratong Baleleng and Dacer-Corbito murders?

  • Labandera1

    Kuratong Baleleng,Bobby Dacer and Corbito this is Ping Lacson speaking. You may live again…

  • Mendoza_Juniors

    Yaaaannn naaaaaa!  Karma ng RH Law.  Kung yong budget sa Senado pinag-aawayan nila, paano pa kaya yong “tong” sa mga contraceptives? Billions yon di ba? Sabi sa inyo pera talaga ang sanhi ng problema sa RH na yan. At yan kung bakit mahirap ang Pinoy at di dahil sa overpopulation daw.
     

    • http://www.facebook.com/benjamin.aricia Benjamin Aricia Jr

      manahimik ka na, pasado na ang RH bill…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3QBMYPCCPWL5IDWF55BTBVWSAE UPLB-2008-3****

      #Ampalaya #Biterella

  • http://twitter.com/d3marketers SAMMY

    “She pretends to be clean when she is not. A hypocrite par excellence. She doesn’t have a single shred of integrity in her veins and moral ascendancy over any mortal on earth,” he said.

    Hello???!!!! Who’s talking please?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VUFRGRCCA5JXOLKEVCJQ3FBW3Y Concerned Citizen

    Bring lasting solutions to the table PLEASE!!!  

  • 214365jones

    You have this issue on one senator in the Kuratong Baleleng Rub out, Dacer – Cobito double murder. You have this issue on one senator as the architech of Martial Law and the ‘desaparecidos’. Now can you blame this ilongga senator for her freedom of expression and the public’s right to know under the Constitution.

  • mousy

    hahahaha!
    korek, wala dapat nagmamalinis lalo na kayo diyan sa gobyerno, lahat kayo may bahid dungis.

    • ed_nique

      so santiago should just keep silent on this issue?

  • mad_as_Hamlet

    Ladies, especially when they’re Senators, should not trade insults.  It reflects poorly on their gender.

    • Simon Ward

      Are you serious? I’m not sure because it’s not your usual style to write so plainly and simply, or to address anything other than the main issue.

      Personally, I think it’s nice to see Miriam mix it up with the boys.

      • mad_as_Hamlet

        I think so, too.  With the boys.

  • rising_phoenix40

    Dacer-Corbito murders! Where are the murderers?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WWOTOJASNHRXAP77UNRETCZZGQ ulrich j

    puro  kayo  NGALNGAL  same same  lang din nmn ang KARAKTER  nyo…haysssssss…kpag PERA  na  ang isyu  at  nag kaka GULANGAN   eh  ang dami nyong INGAY..kelan kaya matututo  bumoto ang majority ng PINOY  …ilan dekada  n mga nka upo mga  yan until now puro  ingay lang  ang alam….ang dami batas  na  ginawa  at di ginawa  ano  ba eng epekto  sa  tao? wala…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2VLO53PRSSY76BZOWLOHJDM33M jeray

    Kriminal ka naman talaga. Ikaw lacson ang pakan ng pamemeke ng passport. Ang hirap isipin na ang isang senador ay isang katulad mo.  

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E3CE56OQVPC4RPYD2NR4VD3SUE Bert

    If Miriam is a Crusading Crook, Lacson is what, a Crusading Ex Convict?

    But I like what Miriam said, and I quote, “If a dog barks at midnight, the homeowner should go out and search for the intruder, instead of beating the dog”.

    GO MIRIAM, KEEP BARKING!!!!

    • mad_as_Hamlet

      No.  He is a Crooked Saracen.

    • sanjuan683

       If the dog barks at mignight, the homeowner should go out and search for the intruder, instead of beating the dog. GO LACSON, KEEP ON TAGO NG TAGO. hehehe

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/OWG7TEQM42UB2OFYCCB3DF4X7I Mat

      ang problema, kasama si Miriam sa intruder kasi tumanggap din siya ng 600,000 nung november at nung mga nakaraang taon.  Lahat sila dapat panagutin !!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AMG5EDI2JBQRL4Z5H2L7ED4OQA yahoo-AMG5EDI2JBQRL4Z5H2L7ED4OQA

    between lacson and defensor-santiago…at least on this one kay santiago ako

  • Bayan Panona

    Ano ba yan, basta pera ang pinag-uusapan pinaggugugulan ng panahon. Development naman ng Pilipinas ang pag-usapan nyo. Start with basic qualifications ng mga politiko. Dapat gawin ng degree holder para di tatangatanga. kasi nakakaawa ang mga empleyado ng gobyerno kung ang mga namumuno ay magnegosyo lang sa gobyerno ang alam.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2VLO53PRSSY76BZOWLOHJDM33M jeray

      Bayan Panona… Di ba karamihan ng mga politiko ay degree holder. panonayan?

    • pilosopo4

       Honesty, integrity, dedicated, and love of country. Those are the qualifications. Look at these politicians we have..lawyers and educated..where are we now?

  • mikeyspetshow

    Itong bobong lacson na walang alam sa senado kundi painitin ang pwet sa silya, maygana pang mag lecture tungkol sa moral kuno, helloooo?
    Talaga namang mamatay tao ka, lacson
    Ang isang tulad ni lacson ay hindi kawalan sa Pilipinas dahil isa syang engot na senador!
    Pero kapag s sen Santiago ang na wala sa pinas, malaking kawalan dahil sya ang pinaka matalinong pulitiko sa ating panahon.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/7GMD4LSF4UNITVPJGST3CJVMVA David

      maling sabihin na nagpapainit lang ng pwet si lacson. maraming batas ang naipasa nya in fairness, lalo na sa mga civil servants. yung ibang bagay tungkol sa kanya, given na yan….

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4XVVCOAZXYTPN2X3IPFCFDSKFM Melvin

    Between Miriam and Lolong Johnny kay Miriam ako kampi kasi si Lolong ay naging tagapagtanggol ni Marcos at may akda ng Martial Law. Pero between Miriam and Ping mas kampi ako kay Ping kasi si Miriam naman kahit di niya aminin ay dati siyang tagapagtanggol ni Ailing Gloria,,,

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2VLO53PRSSY76BZOWLOHJDM33M jeray

      Melv alam mo din ba kung papanu mameke ng passport para maka iwas sa kulong?

    • sanjuan683

       Ok naman kahit pinagtatanggol niya si GMA kasi naman abogada siya, eh si fugitive abogado ba siya? hehehehehehe amoy pugateng na kahit nasa abroad ako ay amoy na amoy ng mga pinoy dun.

    • Marx Louis Wang

       Ang masakit nito, in-acquit niya si Thief Justice Crown noong impeachment ng huli.

  • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

    Manong Johnny is afraid to face off with Miriam Santiago’s killer legs. Manong Johnny’s been harboring a secret crush on Miriam Santiago since way back when she was working for Manong Johnny. To this day, Manong Johnny still could not contain himself whenever he sees Miriam Santiago. Dirty old man.

  • manual47

    You two should stop your squabbling.  Both of you need to stop acting like 10 years old children.  And stop your indecent exposure  to the public as you looks like a couple idiots fighting for something does not even belong to you anyway.  Enriles gifts to you and to your cohorts of senators belong to the taxpayers, who’s earned that money the hard way.  Shame on you showing your true colors to the public.  But then, I don’t think you have that as we have seen quite a bit of your irresponsible and arrogant behaviour.  Think of it this way……you were put in your positions by these people you’re suppose to serve and all they expected from you as payback was to serve them honestly and diligently.  Instead, you have been screwing them since who knows when.  And now all you have to show for your effort was to fight for the money which doesn’t even belong to you.   It’s not much of the money was the issue because you have been doing that unjustified distribution of taxpayers money for years without even regards to where they came from. But rather the principle of honesty and integrity was always been at stake and filipinos have not seen any of those character from any of you politicians.  Filipinos deserve better than what they have seen and experienced year after year……”you owe that to them, big time”

  • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

    When asked to comment on the cash-gift, Edwin Lacierda has this to say:

    “We have learned to respect the independence of the legislature, so we will not comment on that issue. Truth be told, that issue is actually a word war between two senators. This is not about the people’s money. While the palace vigorously went after GOCC employees who were receiving obscenely huge perks and bonuses earlier on, we now realize how demoralizing such actions can be to government employees.”

    Ang plastik.

  • pinoysadubai

    yan gusto ko yan…sige inday miriam…si kuratong baleleng naman ang iexpose mo…naku marami-rami ring baho iyan…

  • mekeni62

    away ng mga hitad. ano ba iyan..

  • Nonie Luces Fornier Sr.

    yan kasi hindi ninyo binigyan ng parte .nagbunganga tuloy.

  • Nonie Luces Fornier Sr.

    share share lang para walang ingay

  • pilosopo4

    Another sinners fight..no repentance and humility. The type of leaders we have right now.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7GMD4LSF4UNITVPJGST3CJVMVA David

    lalong nagiging exciting ang fave kong telenobela—Ang Senado.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7GMD4LSF4UNITVPJGST3CJVMVA David

    ang moral: wag na magsalita kahit sinong senador dahil pareho pareho lang naman sila…me bahid dungis.

  • Anthony San Juan

    This time kay Santiago ako… Go lang ng go Sen Miriam. Tago lang ng tago Sen Lacson. wahahhahah

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/OWG7TEQM42UB2OFYCCB3DF4X7I Mat

    “If a dog barks at midnight, the homeowner should go out and search for the intruder, instead of beating the dog,” she further said.

    wala akong, mapili sa kanila, kasi ang problema, kasama si Miriam sa intruder kasi tumanggap din siya ng 600,000 nung november at nung mga nakaraang taon.  Lahat sila dapat panagutin !!!

  • pedronimo

    Hoping all these crooks and crocs and corrupt crush to a cross.

  • Emilio

    Miriam u are surrounded and they are now ganging up on u! Because u r telling the truth. Rest assured that the Filipino people are behind u in driving away the demons in the senate. Be careful of the attack dogs, u might be salvaged. Keep ur cool , these same people are asking the help of god for u to be stricken with high blood pressure, then the attack dogs will attack ur heart.
    Have u noticed that ur enemies are the same people who were against the RH bill. they call u a hypocrite, why, their wives or queridas at one time or another were also using contraceptives, so they themselves are hypocrites. Does this mean then that people in the senate are hypocrites.
    Woe is the filipino.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GYYFBINDMTZHM6TDHPB667452M agustin

    If trillanes is ungrateful to erap and kupal enrile so is lacson too. he is ungrateful to erap who made him the PNP chief and demonized erap. now his henchman Dumlao is involved in Antimonan massacre and lacson depended the ambushers as legitimate operation.

  • 214365jones

    There are countless unreslve issues to these both senators: Top it, The Kuratong Beleleng rub-out, the Dacer-Corbito double murder…..the other is the architech of martial law including the many unresolved cases of ‘desaparecidos’ ,the enrichmnt of their pocket. The Lady Senator’s vocal exposure of MOOE is the public’s right to know under the Constitution.What happens if majority of  these tax paid senators are keep mum,it does not fit to be there.

  • opinyonlangpo

    The fate of the Philippines is in the hands of these type of people. There is always something sinister to say about them. All of them deserves to be insulted and humiliated by each other.

  • UrHONOR

    SANTIAGO like PUNO is a CARPETBAGGER par excellence……swaying where the wind blows!

    LACSON smells like a criminal disguised as a seneyteur.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L3NJ4IIZZMB2OMPIOR7X2B72ME k

    bakit ang mga taong ito ay di na lang magbarilan at mag-ambushan  para di sila nagkakaganyan?pare-pareho lang naman sila a.

  • Marx Louis Wang

    Ano ba naman ito! Pati ang nagtago “nakisawsaw” na rin. Parang tuloy mga batang maliliit. Naalala ko tuloy noong maliit ako diyan kamaynilaan, sabi ng nanghahamon sa kaaway. “Huuuu tigas titi ka lang, e!”

  • ruben_bush

    go…go..go miriam!!! expose mo na rin ang mga krimen ni ping.  yung mga pinatay niya, mga raket niya, etc.

  • JaePablo

    How many people have killed by LACSON? 

    A FUGITIVE FROM JUSTICE! 

    Senator Defensor… You have my respect! 

  • disqusted0fu

    Pnoy has to interfere in this. These are officials under his governance. Plus, this issue supposedly falls under his anti corruption campaign. But as usual, he chooses to stay away from it because his anti corruption campaign appears to be exclusive for GMA. 



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