Senator Panfilo Lacson and Senate President Vicente Sotto III advised Senator Manny Pacquiao to be careful with exposing alleged corruption in the government as this may backfire.
In a radio interview, Lacson narrated that Pacquiao sought an audience with them on Thursday where they talked about the ongoing word war between the lawmaker from General Santos City and President Rodrigo Duterte.
“Sabi niya ‘Alam mo boss, marami akong balak.’ Sabi ko ‘pero medyo tignan mo ring mabuti kung ano yung hinahawakan mo, mahirap na baka mapasukan ka ng fake na ebidensya o dokumento, ang balik niyan sayo matindi,’” Lacson told Pacquiao.
(He told us: “Boss, I have a lot of plans.” But I told him to “check your evidence first because you might be fed with fake evidence or documents and that may backfire.”)
“‘Kung sakali namang meron, mas magandang pag-aralan munang mabuti.’ Mukhang desidido siya, sabi niya nga ‘talagang kumpleto ako, hindi ako magsasalita nang wala,’” he added.
(“In case you have real evidence, it is best that you must study it first.” It seems like he is very eager and even said, “I have all the evidence. I won’t talk about it if I don’t have any.”)
Lacson mentioned that Pacquiao claimed having documents on the alleged corruption which apparently reached even high government offices.
Lacson said he and Sotto chose not to press Pacquiao further on his supposed knowledge on government corruption.
“Sabi niya, ‘Bago ako umalis ng Sabado, mayroon akong ibabahagi sa mga media,’” Lacson quoted Pacquiao as saying. Pacquiao is scheduled to leave for the US to prepare for his boxing match against Errol Spence Jr. in August.
(He said, “I will reveal something in the media on Saturday before I leave for my fight.”)
Recently, Pacquiao had accepted the challenge from Duterte to name specific instances of corruption, after the lawmaker-boxer criticized corruption under the Duterte’s watch.
Moreover, Lacson said he hopes the argument between the two allies will not become personal.
“’Pag ‘yung magkaibigan matalik tapos medyo nagkakapikunan, nagkakabangayan, nakakalungkot yung pangitain. ‘Di magandang tignan at mararamdan mo yung parang falling out na nangyayari,” Lacson lamented.
(It is very saddening to see two good friends arguing. You can feel that they are falling out.)
In his recent public addresses, Duterte repeatedly hit Pacquiao over the latter’s criticisms about the President’s stance on the West Philippine Sea and the worsening of corruption under the current administration. -MDM, GMA News
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