FIRST, there was Janet Lim-Napoles, then Sandra Cam and now Ping Lacson.

All three claim they have a “list” containing the names of lawmakers and public officials who profited from the largest loot of the public treasury in the name of public service.

But none of the list has been released in public, spawning a mischievous guessing game of who’s in and who’s out.

Ping Lacson named some names, in a TV interview, answering a curt “Yes or No” to a rapid-fire question mentioning senators’ names.

But he hastened to add that he could not vouch for the authenticity of the list given to him by Janet’s husband Jimmy.

He said he would not release the list because “it might destroy the Senate as an institution,” or “magiba,” speaking in Tagalog.

If so, why did he come out with it at all.

Anybody can make a list, Janet did.

Sandra, the Whistleblower, did.

At least, the last two had a reason, they were in the hot seat.

But Ping?

Is he taking the cudgel for the administration, of which he is a part of after his pal President Aquino named him as typhoon rehab czar?

Aquino said he had seen the lists, including three from Napoles given to him by Justice Secretary Leila de Lima.

He seems to be confused, especially about the fluctuating number of those allegedly listed, among them his political allies.

Ano ba talaga, Ate,” (What’s really the score?), he said he was prompt to ask.

What Lacson did was merely throw a monkey’s wrench in the government’s plunder case against his former Senate colleagues, Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla.

As for destroying the Senate as an institution, baloney.

Senate President Franklin Drilon himself said the Senate is not on trial, some former and present members are.

Alleged fund misuse is levelled against individuals, not Congress itself, he pointed out.

“We must remember we are a government of laws, not of men or individuals,” he said.

For Ping to say this is somewhat uncanny.

The Senate did not fall when he, then a senator, went into hiding after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

He only surfaced, at his own volition, after a court cleared him of complicity in the double murder of publicist Bubby Dacer and his driver Emmanuel Corbito.

For the sake of truth and justice, he deserves the benefit of a doubt.

He might mean well this time.

We hope so.

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