Palace to Ping, Miriam: Stick to the issues

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 15 2013 03:38 PM | Updated as of Feb 15 2013 11:38 PM

MANILA - The Palace declined to comment on the rift between Senators Panfilo Lacson and Miriam Defensor Santiago and only wants to stick to the issues at hand.
“Hindi naman tayo involved sa kung ano man ang namamagitan doon sa dalawang senador natin. Ngunit siguro po ang panawagan din po natin ay ‘yung mga issues na lang po ang pag-usapan natin,” Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said.  

Lacson and Santiago have been at odds since last year after the lady senator criticized Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile's favoritism in distributing the Senate's savings to 18 senators.

Lacson told reporters he is currently gathering documents on Santiago's alleged use of her priority development assistance fund or pork barrel to build a cockpit arena instead of a sports complex in Pasig City.

He said he already sent to the Ombudsman documents showing that she is using Senate funds to rent a satellite office in a building that her family owns, and to pay for other personal expenses.

For Lacson, this is a strong case of graft.

"Every time she opens her mouth, nag-iipon ako ng evidence to expose her misdeeds and corrupt ways," Lacson said in a phone interview.

Santiago had explained that her use of the funds to rent her satellite office had the approval of the Senate Secretary.