Ping to Miriam: My name is not Pinky, I'm not gay

Posted at 02/13/2013 6:05 PM | Updated as of 02/13/2013 6:05 PM

MANILA - Senator Panfilo Lacson said his colleague, Senator Miriam Santiago, has a lunatic idea in insinuating he's gay.

In a text message, Lacson said: “I am sorry to disappoint the lady senator. If she's insinuating some LUNATIC idea about my sexuality, let me emphasize this - I am not gay and I do not intend to be one."

In an interview with Radyo Inquirer on Wednesday, Santiago gave more biting remarks against her foes in the Senate.

After a long absence due to health reasons, Santiago said she will file a resolution beginning the 16th Congress for a probe into the “brazen false claims” of Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile in his book “Juan Ponce Enrile: A Memoir”.

This time, she also said she will reveal the “sins” and “sexuality” of Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson. She tagged him as “Pinky Lacson”.

She said she can always use her parliamentary immunity to talk about Lacson. She said she is not afraid of any retaliation from Lacson, especially since he will soon lose the same immunity.

“Kaya sasagutin ko si Pinky Lacson na yan at hindi lamang iyan, kakalkalin ko isa-isa from A to Z ang kasalanan nya,” she said.

Santiago has been feuding with Enrile for several months. The tiff further escalated when Enrile admitted giving 18 senators P1.6 million and P250,000 to his Senate foes last Christmas.

Santiago returned the money, saying it was an “unconscionable” waste of people’s money.

Lacson’s name got dragged into the mess. Santiago alluded to Lacson as one of Enrile’s “attack dogs.” She said the attack dog pretends to be a lawyer.

Later, Lacson asked the Commission on Audit to also look into alleged anomalies of “one senator....aside from what [that person] is saying against 22 senators,” obviously referring to Santiago.

Lacson said: “Tignan ng COA at malaman kung sinong senador na pati katulong ay naka-payroll sa opisina, pati asawa ay may grocery allowance…Sinong senador ang nirerentahan ang isang satellite office sa sarili nyang building.” – with a report from Ryan Chua, ABS-CBN News