17 days into the trial and senate president and presiding chair juan ponce enrile, at 88, continues to astound. he has not faltered in any way, not in the smallest detail of the case, or procedure, or language. rather he has risen to the occasion with the full force of his long experience as lawyer, businessman, tax expert, corporate law expert, legislator, and politician. that the trial so far continues to be credible to thinking filipinos is to enrile’s credit, and no one else’s.
oh yes, he was also marcos’s martial law architect and administrator and crony, and he was also behind one or two of the coup plots that sought to topple cory in the late eighties, and, yes, he was one of the politicians, along with miriam and honasan and lacson and sotto, who goaded the edsa tres crowd into storming malacanang in late april 2001. and he’s been arrested twice, for the 1989 coup attempt and for the may 2001 rebellion.
that’s all a little hard to forget, and so i don’t even try. instead i’m watching and listening to enrile, and enjoying the greatest performance of his life, thinking along the lines of, you’re only as good as your last show, your last book, your last movie, your last act. which is not to say, let’s forget the past, rather, let not the past render us blind to something great that he is doing today, something no one, but no one, else has the smarts for.
my lola concha was 88, too, when she started writing her memoirs, and she was at it for some two years. senator enrile should be good for many more years. i hope he finishes his memoirs and that it’s a tell-all of a most colorful and significant political life, bar none.
fascinated by the man i looked up the ephemeris for the year 1924. on feb 14 the sun was in aquarius, the moon in gemini, mercury on the cusp of capricorn-aquarius, venus in aries, mars and jupiter conjuct in sagittarius, saturn in scorpio, uranus in pisces, neptune in leo, pluto in cancer.
without a birthtime i wouldn’t hazard any kind of serious reading, but the signs aquarius and gemini, both air signs, and sagittarius, fire sign, are worth noting. gemini gives a curious mind, and communication skills. sagitt gives a philosophical mind, and passion for life and learning. aquarius, the sun sign, the essential spirit, in its highest sense means a capacity to see the weaknesses of institutions and to seek new ways of doing things for a happier humanity.
better late than never. what matters is, enrile is where he is now, and we are all the better for it.