enrile, inquirer, surrender

watching the surrender of enrile on tv was kind of surreal, as in, really?  it’s happening?  now na?  wow!

for a while there, when jinggoy’s arrest was not quickly followed by enrile’s, i remarked on facebook that his lawyer estelito mendoza was probably trying out every legal gimmick, every trick in the book, to stop the sandiganbayan from ruling on probable cause.  i could imagine all the wheeling and dealing going on behind the scenes, favors being called even, all to no avail, it now would seem, except for a few days’ delay.  wow!

this is nothing like the arrests for “rebellion” in 1990 and 2001 that, in both cases, alleged enrile to be on power-grab mode; both times he was out in a matter of days.  this one is for plunder, some 172 million in alleged PDAF kickbacks 2007 to 2009, which he denies, of course, he will prove his innocence in court, and maybe he will, but meanwhile he is under arrest and detention.

in fairness, it was a relief that his surrender was without the showbiz dramatics that attended the last hurrahs of estrada jr. and revilla jr., two clowns who quite likely entertained the illusion that the millions who voted for them would gather in protest as erap’s masses did when he was arrested in 2001.  enrile, it would seem, had no such illusion, even if he was the original EDSA hero.  no presscon, no statement, hardly any photos or video of him, and no mugshots released.

nakakapagpaisip.  i’m sorry it’s happening now, when he’s old and ailing, but, again, wow, quite a big fish he is, and i have been backtracking: paano na nga nangyari ito?  let’s give credit where credit is due.  o nasabit lang ba kay napoles at sa inquirer scoop of benhur luy’s records?

but wait, speaking of the inquirer, suddenly i remember someone saying something about the broadsheet in connection with enrile’s case, and i google it, and, hey hey hey, straight from an official statement by gigi reyes, issued from the states in sept 2013.

The PDI evidently has an ax to grind against me. I say so because in a private dinner in Rockwell a few months back where I accompanied my former boss, Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile, PDI Editor-in-Chief Mrs. Letty Jimenez Magsanoc openly told us about her deep personal hurt over the Senator’s published “Memoirs” which recounted the beginnings of the PDI and what she called the “unfair” portrayal of Ms. Eugenia “Eggie” Apostol.

it was just a few months after the corona impeachment trial when enrile launched A Memoir (september 2012).  at totoo naman na grabe ang ginawang panlalait ni enrile kay eggie.  i thought she could have taken him to court for libel atbp. and oh what an alta siyudad media scandal that would have been, who might the rest of media have sided with kaya, ano?  magsanoc was smarter than that, of course.  maaaring the inquirer had inside info on the nbi’s or coa’s investigations of napoles, maaring they got wind of benhur luy’s records, and it would be interesting to know if benhur’s parents offered the inquirer the info out of the blue, or if it was the inquirer that initiated the contact by sending feelers.  how powerful can media get?

whatever, is that cackling i hear from the eggie side of makati?  enrile’s editor and publisher should have warned him about women scorned: hell hath no fury, and all that jazz.


  1. jojie

    It seems that the surrender of Ruby Tuazon and her collaboration of Ben Luy’s testimony was a strong evidence that made Sen. Enrile cowed down. Also, the defeat of his son Jack in last election was the last attempt to hold on to power signaled a waning of his popular mandate.

  2. manuel buencamino

    Enrile and Gigi Reyes filed a joint motion that they be held in the same cell. The Sandiganbayan approved the request on condition that a video camera be installed in their cell.

    The PNP leadership refused the Sandigan order saying, “We can’t force our policemen to watch them.”

    But a friend said he would volunteer for the job. He said Enrile was very angry at Gigi for being careless in her dealings with Napoles and he wanted to see Enrile tongue-lashing and finger-wagging Gigi. :-)

  3. lola oya

    i cannot understand:
    bakit kailangan ipagawa ng comfortable na selda mga hayop na enrile et al na yan!

    yung mamamayan na boss nila, pagnakasuhan ng pagnanakaw sa kapwa mamamayan, pasok sa kulangan, walang paki kung packed-like-sardines, taking turns to at least be able to sleep on haunches.

    sila na ang kaso ay sa pagnanakaw sa mga boss nila, ipinagpagawa pa ng individual cells?

    nasaan na nga ba hustisya dito sa atin?

    walang puso ang mga yan! ang ninakawan nila? lahat! mula sa naghihirap na farmer, labandera, basurero, magbobote, nangangariton, atbp! kahit nga yung mga isang kahig-isang tuka!

    bakit kamo? sa pagkaka-alam ko (please correct me if i’m wrong) dito sa lupalop ng pilipinas, tuwing bibili ng kahit ano, may VAT na patong na!

    ang VAT ay buwis sa bawat pinoy, kahit pinakabusabos na!
    tapos ang magaling na BIR natin, naghahanap pa ng mapipiga para madagdagan pa ang kukurakutin ng mga demontres na yan!

    tanggalin ang VAT!
    (sino nga ba promotor ng VAT. dapat ibitin ng patiwarik!)
    bawasan ang nakukurakot ng mga hinayupakang mga iyan!

    at tungkol naman sa DAP!
    pinapalabas ng malakanyang na the end justifies the means?

    na it’s okay to contravene section 25(5) ng constitution, ginamit naman daw sa mga project ni p-noy na nakapagpa-alwan naman daw ng buhay ng mamamayan?

    papano kaya naka-alwan sa buhay natin ang pagbabayad ng tig 50milyon sa mga senador na bumoto na ma-impeach si corona?

    ipa-alala kaya sa media ng malakanyang na pumutok ang DAP malversation as an off-shoot of the corona impeachment!

    na hiwalay, as bukod, na kaso ito sa napoles scam.

    at yung kay ong naman:
    dapat ng maipasa na ang FOI nang hindi nagagamit ng mga likes ni ong ang temang confidentiality.