Why Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago probably wants Pinky Lacson’s head

Who the hell is this "Pinky" person, anyway?

On Monday night, May 12, in a live interview on ABS-CBN’s late night news show, Bandila, former Senator Ping Lacson identified some government officials whose names he claimed are on businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles’ pork barrel scam list.


ABS-CBNnews.com reports that when asked to answer "Yes" or "No" to a series of questions, Lacson answered in the affirmative when some names were brought up.


Lacson named the following as among the alleged pork barrel scam participants:


1. Budget Secretary Florencio "Butch" Abad

2. Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago

3. Senator Francis "Chiz" Escudero

4. Senator Alan Peter Cayetano

5. Senator Gregorio "Gringo" Honasan


Naturally, the hornet’s nest was abuzz on Tuesday morning, May 13.


For starters, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago responded to Lacson’s accusation with a statement that has "I hate you" written all over it. (But not literally.)


Here’s what Santiago said:


"Anyone can make lists. I was told that there is a list entitled, ’Closeted gays or bisexuals in public service.’ I was given names, and I was requested to say ’Yes’ or ’No’ on whether the person was truly in the list. When the name Pinky Lacson was called, I said ’Yes.’"


"Anyway, there is an affidavit, although unsigned, circulating in Metro Manila that Pinky Lacson has asked for leave of absence from Malacañang. The highly confidential reason is that he is scheduled for a gender change operation in a remote clinic in the United States."


She turned serious, though, when she emphasized, "For the record, I never had dealings with Napoles. The Napoles list, if unsigned, has no evidentiary value at all. I repeat, Lacson is an attack dog of Enrile. The Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled that to allege is not proof. Where is the evidence, as defined in the Rules of Court? I am pushing to get the list of Benhur Luy. I understand that the Luy list is substantiated by documents and details."



In any case, in the list that Lacson submitted to the Senate, Santiago’s name was nowhere to be found


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Screenshot of list submitted by Lacson to Senate Blue Ribbon Committee (as posted on ABS-CBNNews.com)


So, what gives?


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