Senator Juan Ponce Enrile lashes out at Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago in privilege speech

Senator Juan Ponce-Enrile addresses the allegations made against him by his political archenemy Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago. "...that I was the ‘mastermind’ or ‘brain’ of the alleged PDAF scandal. Mr. President [Senate President Franklin Drilon], only an inane and bitterly hostile mind could fabricate such a canard. Again, all I can say is that this is an outright lie and this is just another of those baseless fabrications against me fr


Humarap si Senator Juan Ponce Enrile sa Senado ngayong araw, November 27, at nagsalita tungkol sa mga paratang laban sa kanya ng tinawag niyang “obsessive hater.”

Bagamat hindi direktang nagbanggit ng pangalan, ang tinutukoy ni Senator Enrile na "obsessive hater" niya ay si Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago.

Ayon sa 89-year-old politican, ginamit umano ni Senator Santiago ang November 7 Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing upang siraan siya.

Noong November 7 ay humarap, sa unang pagkakataon, ang sinasabing mastermind ng pork-barrel scam na si Janet Lim-Napoles. Mula rito ay diniin na ni Senator Santiago ang pangalan ni Senator Enrile.

Sa kanyang privilege speech kaninang hapon, sinagot ni Senator Enrile ang mga patutsada laban sa kanya ni Senator Santiago.

Ito ay kaugnay ng pagkakadawit ng Minority Floor Leader sa diumano’y maanomalyang paggamit ng Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF)—o mas kilala bilang pork barrel.

NOT A MURDERER. Una, pinabulaanan ni Senator Enrile ang alegasyon na may kapasidad siyang ipapatay si Napoles.

Matatandaang pilit pinaaamin ni Senator Santiago si Napoles kung ano ang nalalaman nito tungkol sa pork-barrel scam, at kung ano ang kayang gawin ng “most guilty” na mambabatas na nadadawit sa kaso.

Ang tinutukoy ni Senator Santiago na “most guilty” ay si Senator Enrile, na ayon sa whistleblowers ay pinangalanan ni Napoles ng “Tanda,” bilang codename ng kasabwat na senador sa scam.

Read: Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago to Janet Lim-Napoles: "Sabihin mo na ang gusto mong sabihin para hindi ka nila ipapatay."

Sagot ni Senator Enrile tungkol dito: “I never murdered anyone during all of my almost ninety years on this planet.

“I was in the war during World War II as a freedom fighter.

"I fired bullets against the foreign invaders of our country as they fired bullets at me. I do not know if I hit any of those I shot at.

“But, for someone to say with impunity that I killed someone, whether here or anywhere else, or that I am planning anyone’s murder, is the ‘Grandmama’ of all falsehood fabricators.”

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"PEEPING TOM." Mariin ding pinabulaanan ni Senator Enrile ang alegasyong kahit sa pagpunta niya sa restroom ay guwardiyado siya ng mga security aide na armado ng malalaking baril.

“Second, that I go to the restroom of this Senate with bodyguard armed with a long firearm.

“Mr. President [Senate President Franklin Drilon], I never realized until that Blue Ribbon hearing that we have a ’peeping Tom’ in this Senate.

“I never knew that someone was keeping an eye on me, even when I go to the most private of places here in this building.

“It was, after all, supposed to be a private area.”

Isa raw malaking kasinungalingan ito dahil kahit kailan ay hindi niya hinayaang magdala ng malalaking baril ang kanyang security personnel sa loob ng Senado.

Sabi pa ni Senator Enrile, “Since 1987, when I first joined this Senate, I never allowed my security men to carry any long firearm in the Senate.

“Even the members of the Senate internal security force, I know that none of them was ever allowed to carry a long firearm in the Senate.

“Mr. President, perhaps my obsessive hater is the only one, in all these years, ever so blessed to see someone carrying a long one in the Senate restroom!”

NOT GUILTY IN PDAF SCANDAL. Higit sa lahat, pinanindigan ni Senator Enrile na hindi totoo ang alegasyon ni Senator Santiago na siya ang utak sa likod ng pork-barrel scam.

“Third, that I was the ‘mastermind’ or ‘brain’ of the alleged PDAF scandal.

“Mr. President, only an inane and bitterly hostile mind could fabricate such a canard.

“Again, all I can say is that this is an outright lie and this is just another of those baseless fabrications against me from a depraved mind.”

NO DETAILED DEFENSE. Sa kabila nito, hindi detalyadong sinagot ni Senator Enrile sa kanyang privilege speech ang tungkol sa kasong plunder, malversation, at graft na isinampa laban sa kanya ng Department of Justice at National Bureau of Investigation sa Office of The Ombudsman.

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Bukod kay Senator Enrile, sinampahan din ng kaso sina Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. at Senator Jinggoy Estrada.

Matatandaang sinabi ng pangunahing pork-barrel scam whistleblower na si Benhur Luy na tumanggap umano si Senator Enrile ng P172,834,500 na kickback mula sa ghost projects ng bogus NGOs ni Napoles.

At nitong huli ay lumabas sa isang newspaper report ang tungkol sa isang memorandum mula sa investigation team ng Office of the Ombudsman, kung saan idinidiin si Senator Enrile bilang mastermind diumano sa maanomalyang paggamit ng PDAF.

Ngunit ginarantiya ni Senator Enrile na bibigyang-linaw niya ang lahat ng ito sa tamang pagkakataon.

“I will not belabor this unfounded canard, Mr. President.

"I am aware that the public has been waiting for me to speak up on this matter but, for now, suffice it to say that there will be a time and a more appropriate forum to deal in detail with the alleged PDAF scam, and I will give my fullest cooperation to unearth the truth in that alleged scandal.”

"HEAR FIRST THE EVIDENCE BEFORE YOU CONDEMN." Sa huli, pinatutsadahan ni Senator Enrile ang kanyang “obsessive hater” at kinuwestiyon ang kapasidad nito bilang isang hukom.

“Perhaps, my obsessive hater should appear as a special prosecutor against me to demonstrate to her admirers her knowledge of the facts of the alleged PDAF scandal and her legal skill as a trial lawyer.

"I am sure she will experience something she never experienced before.

“Whenever an occasion arises, my bitter and obsessive hater habitually flaunts her being a former judge.

"With a flare of self-praise, she would normally say, ’as a former judge etc. etc.’

“Well, I am sorry to say that this former judge does not seem to understand the basic meaning of due process.

"Every law student knows that due process simply means, ‘you hear first the evidence before you condemn.’

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"Now, I know why she nearly flunked her bar examination.

"A parrot can memorize legal principles but it cannot apply them."

SANTIAGO TO ANSWER BACK. Samantala, sasagutin daw ni Senator Santiago ang "private attacks" laban sa kanya ni Senator Enrile sa susunod na linggo.

Naka-leave ngayon si Senator Santiago dahil sa chronic fatigue syndrome, ngunit sinabihan na raw nito si Majority Floor Leader Alan Peter Cayetano na i-schedule ang kanyang privilege speech sa December 4, 2013.


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