MANILA - Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago fears her colleagues’ probe into the pork scam will become a “circus” and with former Senator Panfilo Lacson as the protagonist.
In a statement, Santiago said “the result could be a freewheeling talkfest, if not a total three-ring circus as senators vie for TV exposure.”
She also scoffed at the idea that one of her enemies, former Senator Panfilo Lacson, could become a consultant to the probe. She said Lacson 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 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 fears Lacson will not be objective when it comes to Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla, who was tagged in the scam allegedly perpetrated by businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles.
Lacson’s son lost to Revilla’s son in the Cavite elections.
“Pinky Lacson is a political ally of Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile.
At the same time, Lacson is the political enemy of Sen. Revilla. Lacson has no acquaintance with the law, but has revealed his propensity for citing the law after confused coaching by his lawyers. A self-taught lawyer is a menace to society,” she said.
She said the nomination of Lacson as adviser may be linked to his running for a higher position in 2016.
“In the investigation of the pork barrel scam, the last thing we need is a self-interested politician. I stand by my original proposal that if the Senate insists on conducting its own probe, the result should be submitted to an independent impartial panel of investigators consisting of former Supreme Court chief justices and associate justices,” she said.
“The Blue Ribbon Committee has never appointed an active politician as its consultant. This is a fishy proposal,” she said.
Miriam vs Ping
Of course, the case may also pit them together anew.
She noted Lacson also went on to say that her pork barrel was used to build a cockpit.
“Pinky Lacson made that accusation when he was still a senator, because he was smarting after I called him the ‘attack dog’ of Sen. Enrile. At that time, I exposed to the media that Enrile distributed nearly P2M as so-called Christmas gifts to every senator except his enemies, including me. Pinky wasted no time in concocting a lie against me,” Santiago said.
An outraged Santiago said: “The truth is that my pork barrel was spent for a multipurpose hall in Pasig, but I gave only a portion of the request because the other portion was shouldered by another senator.
She added: “It defies imagination that I should end up as the owner of a multipurpose hall. Thus, Pinky Lacson is not above inventing things when he is frothing at the mouth. The public has seen how he reacts under pressure during the Kuratong Baleleng rub-out scandal.”
Instead of Lacson, she suggested: former Chief Justices Hilario Davide, Jr., Reynato Puno, and Artemio Panganiban, as well as former Justices Adolfo Azcuna, Ameurfina Melencio Herrera, Vicente Santiago, Consuelo Ynares Santiago, Flerida Ruth Romero, and other eminent retired members of the Supreme Court.