MANILA, Philippines - Ilocos Sur Gov. Luis "Chavit" Singson has resorted to name-calling in his ongoing spat against Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago.
Singson said that if Santiago calls him "Sabit", he will call the senator "Brenda."
The "Brenda" tag against Santiago started as far back as the 1992 presidential election when the senator was rumored to be seeing a psychiatrist. "Brenda" is short for "brain damage."
Santiago earlier said in a privilege speech that Singson was a jueteng operator, an allegation that the governor has denied.
Singson accused the lawmaker of hiding behind parliamentary immunity and filed a case against Santiago over her alleged ill-gotten wealth.
In response, Santiago dubbed Singson as "Sabit" noting that she cannot be sued for statements made during delivery of privilege speeches.
She also challenged Singson to a debate on national TV. “I wish I could challenge him to a duel, but that is a crime under the Penal Code. So instead, I challenge him to a debate on any of the major TV channels," she said in a press statement.
Singson has backed a proposal by Sen. Jinggoy Estrada to legalize the illegal numbers game.