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Miriam on PDAF ruling: There is a God, after all

MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court (SC)’s ruling that the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) is unconstitutional shows that “there is a God after all,” according to Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago.

Bouncing from her sickbed after learning of the SC ruling yesterday, Santiago also lashed out again at Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile, whom she accused of arrogance.

Santiago noted that the issue of PDAF emerged after she raised a howl over Enrile’s decision to give Christmas bonuses to selected senators last December.

“Enrile’s arrogance has now been declared as bluff and bluster by the Supreme Court. At the very least, he should offer to commit hara-kiri because this dishonor belongs to him,” Santiago said in a press statement.

Santiago also said the SC ruling is “a vindication not only for me but also for the entire Filipino electorate.”

Former Sen. Panfilo Lacson said he feels vindicated by the SC decision since his call to abolish PDAF fell on deaf ears 10 years ago.

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Lacson said it was “proper and just for the SC justices to exercise their constitutional mandate to check a coequal branch when the consciences of several of its members are clearly subdued by self-aggrandizement and utter lack of self-respect.”


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