- Lacson said he feels pity for De Lima despite their latest exchange
- He advised her to seek more allies, not enemies during this time
- He also revealed he is inclined to urge Senate ethics panel to drop raps vs De Lima
MANILA, Philippines – Despite Sen. Leila de Lima accusing him of ‘doublespeak’, Sen. Ping Lacson said he still sympathizes with his colleague and advises her to make allies, not enemies during this time.
“Kasama na ‘yan. Sa totoo lang, kasi naranasan ko rin ‘yan and I know how it feels. Pero ang buwelta niya sa akin, doublespeak ako. So advice ko, mas kailangan niya ng kakampi ngayon kesa sa kaaway lalo dito sa loob ng Senado. Mas mainam ‘pag embattled ka huwag ka makipag-away or at the very least, tahimik ka na lang kung ‘di ka makakuha ng kakampi,” Rappler quoted him as saying.
[That goes with it. Honestly, I experienced that and I know how it feels. But she made a ‘doublespeak’ retort against me. So my advice is she needs more allies now than enemies especially here in the Senate. If you’re embattled, it would be better if you’re not picking fights or at the very least, just keep silent if you can’t get anyone on your side.]
Lacson also revealed he is inclined to ask the Senate ethics committee to drop the complaints against De Lima for lack of jurisdiction.
“Personally kahit sinasagot-sagot niya ako [even if she has been talking back to me], I’m inclined to go for the dismissal of the complaint due to lack of jurisdiction,” he said.
The two complaints accuse De Lima of immorality over her supposed relationship with former driver Ronnie Dayan and coddling convicts at the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP).
The committee has yet to decide whether it has jurisdiction to hear the case or not since the alleged acts happened before De Lima became senator.