Ping tells Miriam: I have nothing to hide

Posted at 02/13/2013 11:15 PM | Updated as of 02/13/2013 11:15 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Panfilo "Ping" Lacson fired back on the threats of fellow Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago that she will bare his "sins" from "A to Z."

Speaking to dzMM on Wednesday, Lacson said he has nothing to hide.

"Kung mayroon siyang uungkatin at nalalaman dapat sinabi na niya kanina dahil gigil na gigil na siya sa interview niya. So ibig sabihin, wala siyang nakikita at wala siyang makikita dahil wala naman akong kalokohan. Hindi naman ako nagbubulsa ng pondo, hindi nga ako kumukuha ng pork barrel,"Lacson said.

He reiterated his allegations that Santiago used Senate funds to rent a satellite office in Quezon City in a building in owned by her husband.

"Siya ang kumukuha ng pork barrel kaya baka siya ang dapat may ungkatin. Siya ‘yung nag-renta o nag-lease ng isang space sa sarili niyang building, na ang lessor at lessee ay parehong sa kanya," said Lacson.

He also alleged that Santiago began badmouthing him after she was not given the additional maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE) from the Office of the Senate President worth P1.6 million in December.

Lacson said Santiago did not complain when the senators received MOOEs amounting to P600,000 in November.

"'Yung sinasabi niyang tama noong Nobyembre, at noong mga nakaraang buwan sa nakaraang taon ay biglang naging mali ngayong Disyembre. Kung ‘di ka ba naman may diperensya, eh bakit naman ganoon ang pananaw mo?" he asked.

Lacson added that he had no intentions of responding to Santiago's statements, but said her insults have become personal.

"Nakakahiya talaga din eh, hinalal kami ng taongbayan, national pa man din ang aming pinaka-constituency tapos ganyan ang nangyayari. Pero hindi din naman nararapat na iniinsulto ka sa publiko tapos hindi ka sasagot," said Lacson.

In a radio interview on Wednesday, Santiago threatened to reveal the "sexuality" of Lacson, whom she called "Pinky Lacson."

"No offense meant to all the gays in the world, pero lalaki ako, straight ako, wala akong intensyon na maging bading," Lacson said.