MANILA - Former Senator Panfilo Lacson alleged his nemesis, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, has been approaching people to influence Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales to drop a possible graft and corruption charge against her.
He said Santiago can’t do anything now but “to invoke her insanity."
Lacson, who was asked to comment on Santiago’s strong opposition to his possible appointment as consultant in the pork barrel scam probe, said: “She's nothing but a pathetic absentee solon who will soon be facing corruption charges in the Sandiganbayan.”
“I heard from a reliable source that she has been approaching people who could influence Justice Morales to drop the corruption charges she's facing before the Ombudsman. Unfortunately for her, the Ombudsman is one uncompromising, gutsy lady who cannot be cowed or bought.”
The word war began between the two resumed on Thursday with Santiago saying Lacson is not fit to be a consultant on the pork barrel scam probe.
In a statement earlier, Santiago said Lacson, a former police chief, doesn’t have any clue about the law.
“He is a former fugitive from justice who remains unpunished and serves as the poster boy for people like [Janet Lim] Napoles who has disappeared to evade a warrant of arrest, just like he did.
“A policeman cannot be adviser to a Senate committee probing the pork barrel, because this is a question of law. He has no clue on how the law proceeds in these cases. After a cop finishes his investigation, the report is submitted to the prosecutor, not the other way around," she said.