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Truce in Miriam-Enrile tiff urged

Manila, Philippines – The word war between Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile should be put to an end since it is a “waste of taxpayer’s money,” a House leader said yesterday.

House Deputy Majority Leader Sherwin Tugna of the Citizens Battle against Corruption party-list urged the two senators to settle their issues in a proper forum.

“Personally, I believe it has gone overboard. It may have been entertaining, but clearly, any more privilege speeches after yesterday’s is a waste of taxpayer’s money,” Tugna said. “If they have proof to support their criminal allegations to each other, it should be filed at the proper forum, in court.”

House Speaker Feliciano R. Belmonte Jr. said he is hoping that the veteran senators would both offer a truce. “As a friend of both, I certainly hope they’ll call a truce.”

Meanwhile, senators are not happy that Enrile and Miriam used the time and the podium of the Senate to hurl personal attacks against each other.

They said that their attacks against each other are not in line with the time-honored decorum of the Senate.

To effect this, Senators Sergio R. Osmena III and Vicente C. Sotto III plan to have the privilege speeches of Enrile and Miriam stricken off from the Senate record. (Charissa M. Luci and Mario B. Casayuran)