MANILA, Nov 27 (Mabuhay) – After keeping his peace, Senate Juan Ponce Enrile took the floor on Wednesday to lash back at his “obsessive hater,” apparently referring to his nemesis, Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago.
Enrile did not name Santiago, but said this “obsessive hater” had accused him as “murderous” and mastermind or brains of the P10-billion “pork barrel” scam.
He said he did not know why this unnamed senator was “obsessive and bitter” against him, but he surmised that it had something to do with his opposition on this unnamed senators’ appointment as Agrarian Reform Secretary during the time of the late President Corazon Aquino and his refusal to also include his colleague in the majority bloc when he became Senate President in 2008.
“Nagpapasalamat ako sa kanyang sinabi na ako ay may asim pa pero ikinalulungkot kung sabihin at masakit mang banggitin hindi po ako naasiman sa kanya,” Enrile said.
At a hearing of the Senate blue ribbon committee last November 7, Santiago described Enrile as “may asim pa.”
Santiago, in various media interviews and statements, has called Enrile names like an “old man” suffering from dementia, and the mastermind or grandfather of the P10 billion “pork barrel” fund scam.
Just last week, the lady senator suggested that Enrile should offer to commit “hara-kiri” now that the lawmakers’ pork barrel funds had been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.
“Enrile’s arrogance has now been declared as bluff and bluster by the Supreme Court. At the very least, he should offer to commit hara-kiri because this dishonor belongs to him,” Santiago said in a statement she issued last November 19.
Enrile, along with Senators Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. and Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada, are facing plunder charges at the Office of the Ombudsman for alleged misuse of their Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), also known as “pork barrel” funds.
At the height of the failed Zamboanga siege last September, Santiago also accused Enrile of financing the rebellion allegedly to divert the attention of the public from the “pork” scam.
Enrile and Santiago have been at odds after the alleged unfair distribution of Christmas bonuses to senators last year by then Senate President Enrile had been exposed in the media. (MNS)