“I don’t know what President Duterte is talking about when he commented on my hairstyle. I haven’t changed the way I comb my hair, since long before he had lost his mind. But his insulting rebuke only shows that he and Sen. Bong Go are one and the same, for better or for worse, in sickness and in health. They even probably have a joint bank account,” Senator Ping Lacson said in a statement August 31.
This is after President Rodrigo Duterte, in his recent talk to people, made a comment on members of the Senate’s hairdo and how they conduct inquiry. “I’m sure Gordon realizes or have realized it a very long time ago that he has that nasty practice of depriving others of asking questions. But, you know, the guy simply wants to talk and show off to the world that he is a bright boy. Wala mang question ‘yan pareho man tayo abugado, pumasa tayo sa bar. Iisa lang naman ‘yan. Pero iba ka adre. Ang advice ko sa iyo magpapayat ka muna para medyo… Nalilipong ako ‘pag tinitingnan kita. P*** i**. Huwag mong putulin ‘yan ha. Totoo ‘yan. Pati ‘yung buhok mo ngayon iba na ang hinapay. Lahat kayo pati si Ping iba ang hairdo,” President Duterte said.
“Tanungin ko si Panfilo Lacson, are you honest? Answer me truthfully, are you honest? Kay kung magsabi ka yes, sasagutin kita next program, may ipakita ako. You do not have the ascendancy to question this executive prerogative. Of course, I will appoint people I know and trust, just like other presidents before me. Atty. Lao and Atty. [Dakpin?], who are my fraternal brothers, were members of my campaign team in 2016,” Duterte added.
In addition to his response, Senator Lacson said “many people I talked to have noticed his incoherence and senseless ad libs even in his formal addresses to the nation including the State of the Nation Address (SONA).”
“That said, it is not difficult to think that he is in panic mode and is attempting as he has already done earlier to discourage the Senate from pursuing our investigation in the highly anomalous procurement of overpriced medical supplies that is starting to knock on the doors of Malacañang. The video showing Michael Yang, a Chinese national who had a signed contract as a presidential consultant, receiving a one-peso-a-year remuneration from the government and very casually introducing high officials of the controversial Pharmally Corp. is telling to say the least,” Lacson added.
“But make no mistake. The Senate will not flinch on this one. There is a lot more to discover and pursue so that all those responsible for this abominable crime against the Filipino people who continue to suffer amid the pandemic will be exposed and charged in court at the proper time,” he said.