MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Panfilo Lacson on Thursday denied having a hand in the removal of his critic, Mary "Rosebud" Ong from the government's Witness Protection Program (WPP), and compared her to a “garlic” because of allegedly getting herself involved in almost any issue against him.
"Every time merong issue tungkol sa akin, para siyang bawang, nakasahog siya parati," Lacson told reporters.
"Ang bawang, magsangag ka, maggisa ka, magmenudo ka, mag-afritada ka, may bawang."
The senator added that the threats to Ong's life are all "imagined," and that she was merely used by the Arroyo administration against him.
Lacson said Ong did not even testify in any case for her to qualify as a state witness.
"The mere fact that we have not seen her testify in court on any case, that would tell you na wala talaga," he said.
Lacson stressed that he won't waste even a second of his life to do something against Rosebud.
"Hinding hinding hinding hinding hinding hindi ako gagawa ng anumang hakbang laban sa kanya," he said.
Ong accused Lacson of being behind her termination from the witness protection program, saying it was Justice Secretary's gift to the senator.
Lacson said he doesn't need any gift. "And the last gift I would want to accept is Rosebud."