Miriam’s behavior uncalled for – Lacson

Posted at 03/05/12 3:00 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Panfilo Lacson believes his fellow senator-judge in the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona may have committed some "excesses" in her behavior.

"I'll be very blunt about this. Maski sa previous hearings, medyo may mga excesses," he said, referring to Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago.

Santiago has drawn both flak and praise for often berating the prosecution panel during the trial. She was criticized for using the word "gago," which loosely translates to "stupid," while lecturing the prosecutors.

On the 26th day of the trial, private prosecutor Vitaliano Aguirre covered his ears while she was talking, prompting her to cite him for contempt.

Lacon said said using the word "gago" was uncalled for. The word has been stricken off the impeachment court's records.

"That's really uncalled for--in front of millions of Filipinos watching the proceedings on live TV, magsasalita ka nang gano'n," he said.

Lacson added, however, that it's up to Santiago to apologize for her actions.