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SEN. MIRIAM SANTIAGO GONE HAYWIRE? THROWS SERIOUS ALLEGATIONS AGAINST OWN RANKS

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Published on Jun 8, 2012

INTERESTING. SHE MADE HER CONCLUSION A MONTH AGO OBSERVING SPYING OTHER SENATORS DURING THEIR ONE MINUTE BREAKS THAT THERE WILL BE NO ACQUITTAL. NO WONDER HER TACTICS WAS TO THROW INSULTS AND SCREAMS TO PROSECUTION AND GOING LIGHTLY WITH THE DEFENSE. TRUE COLOR OF SANTIAGO.

Santiago said she knew a month before the impeachment tribunal handed down the decision what would be the fate of Corona, the reason she was not even surprised at the overwhelming votes of colleagues who found the chief magistrate "guilty" of non-disclosure of assets in his filed statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALn) contained under Article II of the verified complaint.

Her revelations, made in a television interview, practically bolstered previous allegations made by Corona's defense lawyers that MalacaƱang allegedly offered at least P100 million to some senator-judges, in exchange for the conviction of the former CJ, a matter vehemently denied and even condemned by upper chamber members in one of the proceedings.

The defense panel was subsequently cited for indirect contempt and earned a reprimand from the Senate impeachment court.

Senators, led by its leaders, raised a howl over the allegations made by Santiago, with Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III challenging Santiago to reveal what she had described as an unimpeachable source who attested to the purported talks on the matter of the pork barrel.

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile did not hide his displeasure over Santiago's pronouncements even as he vehemently denied the allegations saying "I don't know if Miriam (Santiago) received her (share of that) pork barrel. I did not receive any. That is such a serious allegation to throw against your own ranks. First of all, that's unethical because we are colleagues. I wish she would not say those kinds of things because it will only create a dent, and damage the Senate as an institution especially since it's baseless," Enrile said.

"We're no Palace lackeys so why would be rewarded. We do not allow ourselves to be used by anyone. It is not true that MalacaƱang bribed us to become its lapdogs. We do not allow ourselves to be lapdogs of anyone, although we know that there are some who do accept bribes and are lapdogs," Enrile said.

In her interview, Santiago said the alleged dangling of pork barrel reached her, saying that a "source" intimated to her the matter which initially she dismissed a just loose talk.

While her "source" would not dare come out in the open whom she described as privy to the talks on pork barrel, Santiago said "I'm convinced that my source is unimpeachable, which means, a very authoritative source."

"Naturally, I was disappointed (upon hearing this)," the senator said while also admitting that she could not provide any proof that those who voted for the acquittal were shunned from the issue.

Santiago said long after the impeachment trial was concluded, they do not even talk about the issue anymore.

"We just want to be friendly with each other because it will not be possible for us to work in the Senate for six years without speaking to each other. So we're still as cordial as before. We respect each others' opinions. In my case, I already knew maybe a month before that we would lose which is why l I went into a depressive spiral. (I told myself) 'why is our country this way? Why would the decision ne such? I gave it my all and it was not enough." Of course I was very depressed and frustrated but in these cases, you have to have great faith to a force higher than yourself, in a moral force higher than yourself...so you''ll tend to think all the world is such an evil place. but you have to have faith in another force that normally we call God," Santiago said when asked about her working relations with her colleagues after learning of "what happened."

Santiago could only surmise on the reasons taken by her colleagues in rendering judgment to Corona since the proceedings was also considered quasi-political.

Santiago said it's understandable if there were those who went with the position of the party in deciding on the fate of Corona even only out of a sense of party discipline.

"So it's a question now of whether you'll pay more consideration to your party discipline than certain legal technicalities baka sa palagay mo di impirtante ang legal technicalities," she said.

The senator maintained that the charges against Corona were not impeachable offenses.

Santiago's revelations did not sit well with her colleagues, especially with Sotto who, in reacting on the issue said records of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) will bear them out that there had been no fund releases insofar as their respective priority development assistance fund (PDAF) are concerned.

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