Senate President Franklin Drilon on Thursday appealed to Senate minority leader Juan Ponce Enrile and Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago to make the Christmas season as cooling off period and end their tirades.
”Now that they have already expressed what they want to say, perhaps we could ask for ceasefire and for them to calm down. Anyway, it’s Christmas season,” Drilon said in radio dzRH interview.
Drilon said the exchange of personal attacks between Santiago and Enrile is not acceptable to the public including the many people still recovering from calamities such as super typhoon Yolanda and the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that greatly affected the Visayas area.
”This kind of conflict is not acceptable for our countrymen especially at this time,” Drilon said.
Drilon said he would try to talk and patch up things between the feuding senators.
”Perhaps we can ask them to let us concentrate to our countrymen affected by the typhoon. Let’s give our efforts to the victims,” Drilon said.
The conflict between Enrile and Santiago erupted anew Wednesday when the lady lawmaker delivered a privilege speech, calling Enrile a womanizer, smuggling and gambling lord, incorrigible criminal, liar and mastermind of the pork barrel scam, in response to Enrile’s tirade last week also at the Senate floor.
In response, Enrile told the media that Santiago’s attacks against him “only confirmed everything that I said in my privilege speech regarding her mental health.”
Drilon said he was saddened by the personal attacks that Enrile and Santiago hurled against each other.
”I’m really saddened by this development. Hopefully, this Christmas will be used a cooling off period and we’ll try to patch up things,” Drilon said.
The conflict started in 2012 when Santiago questioned Enrile’s alleged unequal distribution of additional MOOE (maintenance and other operating expense) and Christmas incentives. PNA