Lacson holding budget hostage due to ‘personal vendetta’ vs GMA — Bravo
COOP Natcco party-list Rep. Anthony Bravo on Monday turned the tables on Senator Ping Lacson, saying his accusations against House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo were motivated by personal vendetta.
“The way I look at it, in my own assessment, Sen. Ping Lacson is holding the budget hostage because of personal vendetta to our Speaker GMA,” Bravo said in a press conference.
“He has not said anything good against the Speaker, from the very start of her leadership as Speaker. In fact, even before the change of leadership in the House, when there was a rumor that GMA will take over and replace then-Speaker Bebot Alvarez, ay marami hong sinabi siya against the Speaker,” he added.
Bravo is a deputy minority leader at the House of Representatives.
He said he was disappointed with Lacson’s allegations that the House made last-minute changes to the P3.757-trillion budget even after the two legislative chambers had already ratified a common version.
“Alam ninyo, ako’y naging tagasubaybay ni Ping Lacson since 2013 nung pumasok ako sa Kongreso, during my first term. Hangang ngayon ho sinusubaybayan ko, and I really appreciate the advocacy of the good senator. Yung 2019 ho ay medyo naiba ho ang aking paningin sa mga tuloy tuloy na mga puna,” he said.
“I don’t have any personal grudge or animosity with Sen. Ping Lacson. But in my own analysis, I think the agenda is clear: he doesn’t want the Speaker to be successful in her leadership as the Speaker, and it’s the budget,” Bravo said.
“I know the majority of the senators want to pass the budget, but I wonder why they are quite about the remarks of their colleague, Sen. Ping. Are they afraid of something or do they have something to hide?” he added.
Lacson became political enemies with Arroyo after he was implicated in the murder of publicist Salvador Dacer and driver Emmanuel Corbito during her presidency and was forced to go into hiding, while accusing Arroyo of harassment.