by Ryan Chua, ABS-CBN News | 02/14/2013 4:42 PM
MANILA - Sen. Panfilo Lacson bared Thursday he is preparing more possible cases against Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago, saying she cannot always invoke "immunity by insanity" as their word war continues to rage.
Lacson told reporters he is currently gathering documents on Santiago's alleged use of her priority development assistance fund or pork barrel to build a cockpit arena instead of a sports complex in Pasig City.
He said he already sent to the Ombudsman documents showing that she is using Senate funds to rent a satellite office in a building that her family owns, and to pay for other personal expenses.
For Lacson, this is a strong case of graft.
"Every time she opens her mouth, nag-iipon ako ng evidence to expose her misdeeds and corrupt ways," Lacson said in a phone interview.
Santiago had explained that her use of the funds to rent her satellite office had the approval of the Senate Secretary.
Lacson also said that Santiago has gone overboard with her attacks. "Minsan namimihasa na. She thinks she can always invoke immunity by insanity."
Santiago was not available for comment on Thursday. Her staff said she is resting.
In a radio interview on Wednesday, Santiago said she will expose Lacson's "sins," and threatened to reveal his "true sexuality" while calling him "Pinky Lacson."
Lacson immediately issued a press statement saying he is not gay and does not intend to be one. "That’s really below the belt," he told reporters. "Uso naman ngayon ang aminan. Bakit ako aamin kung hindi totoo?"
"Kung ako bakla, baka wala nang macho sa mundo."
Use of Senate funds
The rift between Lacson and Santiago started when she criticized her fellow senators, especially Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, over what she believes was an unconscionable and unconstitutional use of the Senate's money.
Santiago was one of 4 senators who did not receive P1.6 million from Enrile for her office's additional maintenance and other operating expenses last December.
She argued that the Senate's savings must be returned to the national treasury.
Lacson defended Enrile, saying his realignment of the Senate's savings for distribution to other senators was legal. He said during Thursday's interview that Santiago should not attack others if she has misdeeds of her own.
Should the Ombudsman file a case against Santiago, Lacson intends to inform the International Criminal Court about it. Santiago has been elected judge of the international tribunal and is waiting to be called for duty.
Lacson, who's about to end his term as senator, said he cannot keep quiet while Santiago attacks the Senate and its members.