Santiago ready to face lawyer seeking for her expulsion

January 26, 2010 11:21 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 26 – Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago said on Tuesday that she is ready to face any forum after a lawyer whom she tagged as “gun-for-hire lawyer” sought for her expulsion from the Senate.

”I’m ready to face any forum and assume any responsibility about my statements,” Santiago said in a media interview.

In her recent privilege speech against Interior and Local Government Secretary Ronaldo Puno, Santiago also stated that lawyer Bonnie Alentajan was “kicked out of the Pasay City fiscal’s office for offense of corruption.”

Alentajan filed a complaint at the Senate committee on ethics asking for the expulsion of Santiago from the Senate.

He said that Santiago “abused her parliamentary immunity” that had caused undue injury to him.

In his 17-page complaint, Alentajan alleged also that Santiago is “guilty of unparliamentary behavior and serious misconduct” for her notorious and scandalous pronouncements.”

Santiago was also facing a disqualification case at the Commission on Elections, a disbarment case at the Supreme Court and a graft case at the Office of the Ombudsman filed by different complainants but through a common legal counsel, Alentajan.

Believing that the DILG secretary was behind the string of cases filed against her, Santiago delivered a privilege speech where she called Puno the “avatar of corruption” and Alentajan a “gun-for-hire lawyer.” (PNA)

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