A sleeper in the Senate

Senator Panfilo Lacson has turned-down former President Joseph Estrada’s offer to mediate between him and Senate President Manuel Villar Jr., who has been at odds with each other over the latter’s alleged impropriety in the C-5 road extension project. Estrada had hoped to reconcile the two in order to unite the political opposition and for it to rally behind one standard bearer in the 2010 elections.

Lacson’s rejection to the Estrada offer prompted Senate President Pro Tempore Jinggoy Estrada to react strongly, saying that this only shows that Lacson is only out to “divide” the opposition.

The younger Estrada claims that back in 2004, Lacson’s insistence to run for the Presidency, despite his poor rating on presidential surveys, has caused a major slash in votes for the opposition. He said his father also advocated for a lone opposition candidate in 2004 in the person of Fernando Poe Jr., who at that time had the strongest chances of winning.

Well, Jinggoy could be right. It is the administration anyway who is benefiting largely from Lacson’s so called “anti-corruption” crusade in the Senate.

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