Lacson hints at colleague’s corruption as blind items take the place of debate at the Senate

The word war at the Senate between Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and some members of the majority bloc heated up even more on Thursday as Senator Panfilo Lacson hinted that a colleague is paying their maids with government money.

The word war at the Senate between Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and some members of the majority bloc heated up even more on Thursday as Senator Panfilo Lacson hinted that a colleague is paying their maids with government money.

 

Maila Ager of Inquirer.net reports Lacson, a member of the majority bloc, said in a radio interview that a senator is "using Senate funds to pay her maids' salary, grocery and even the rental of a satellite office at a property owned by this legislator." He did not name the senator he meant.

 

"Bahala na ang COA [Commission on Audit] to pursue their audit/investigation based on those leads or information," he said.

 

"Lacson got into a ’word war’ with another senator,Miriam Defensor-Santiago, after he called her a ’crusading crook’. Before that Santiago called him an attack dog of Senate President Juan Ponce-Enrile," the report adds.

 

Previously, Enrile, whom Santiago has criticized for giving allies P1.6 million each from Senate savings, said he did not need to take lessons in the law from someone who almost failed the bar exam. Santiago has fired back saying Enrile should never have become Senate president.

 

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