Ping Lacson VS Erap: mud slinging in Phil politics
There's no such thing as permanent friends in politics, only permanent interests. This was again proven true with the latest political brawl between former President Joseph Estrada and Senator Panfilo Lacson. Lacson and Estrada used to be close political allies for several years. Last Monday, Sept. 14, Senator Lacson delivered a hard-hitting priviledge speech exposing Erap's alleged involvement in the illegal numbers game Jueteng, his (Erap's) alleged knowledge about Oplan Delta which is believed to be key to the Dacer-Corbito double murder case, smuggling, and Erap's manipulation of a particular huge business deal. That business deal they allegedly brokered earned Erap and his minions P3 Billion in commission.
While I personally think there's some tint of truth to Lacson's accusations (His statements are being supported by some people who were involved in the allegations mentioned in his speech), I also think that Lacson was as guilty for not standing up for the truth a long time ago. It took him almost nine years to speak up. WHY? Is it because he's now being pinned down for the a non-bailable offense relating to the Dacer-Corbito double murder case? This looks like his last card. While his allegations against Erap strengthens my belief that the Filipino people did well in ousting him from the Presidency through People Power II in 2001, it also strengthens my belief that Lacson likewise failed to serve the country for continuously working as Erap's loyal political ally. I believe his hands aren't clean as what he tries to imply, especially on the Dacer-Corbito case. This whole thing further strengthens my belief that corruption in the government goes as high up to the President (Oh, who doesn't know that anyway?).
I do hope this issue doesn't just end in the Senate floor but in court. Unless that happens, all of this hullabaloo is just as good as a freak show.