[Manila, Philippines] Has he gone berserk, or is he simply rattled and paranoid? These are only a few of the questions one hears being asked about Sen. Panfilo Lacson, who has been on a rampage on the Senate floor, using his parliamentary privilege to maximum advantage to snipe at his enemies. I refer, of course, to his incessant tirades on the Senate floor against leading political opposition figures, particularly former President Joseph "Erap" Estrada and Sen. Manuel Villar Jr.
But among the issues and charges Lacson has so far raised, what has caught the avid interest of the business community is his accusation that Erap, as a sitting president, had used strong-arm tactics to make the Yuchengco family sell its shares in Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) to help Manuel Pangilinan take control of the telephone giant through the latter's Metro Pacific Holdings Inc. This is a really serious charge. Does Lacson have the courage of his convictions and repeat these charges outside the Senate premises?
Del Castillo, Butch. Ping vs Erap on Al's PLDT shares. BusinessMirror. 21 September 2009. http://businessmirror.com.ph/home/opinion/16315-ping-vs-erap-on-als-pldt-shares.html