Whose Side Are You On, Ping?

All of us know open secrets – things you know are true but can’t personally prove like, say, those abducted aliens at Roswell. Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, in a controversial and highly-publicized Senate privilege speech yesterday, eloquently and mercilessly lambasted his political mentor former President Joseph “Erap” Estrada. Ping said Erap was involved, in varying degrees of participation, in smuggling and illegal gambling – on top of which he was the alleged mastermind of the double murders of publicist Bubby Dacer and his driver Manny Corbito. These are open secrets in the Philippines, but they also includes Ping’s role as Erap’s right hand man, first as task force head and then chief of police. If Pings proves them, although he has yet to show proof, then he can go to jail for being an accessory … unless he enter the Witness Protection Program … which, by the way, is controlled by another party he has repeatedly exposed and slammed in the past – the Arroyo regime. Can you say “Strange bedfellows” with a straight face? Video. Photo.