Enrile could be ‘voice of reason’

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SEN. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Monday said the possible granting of a petition to temporarily free Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile from detention is a welcome development as his inputs and wise counsel could help in plenary debates on his proposed version of the Bangsamoro Basic Law, which was renamed as the Basic Law of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (BLBAR).

Marcos said he really wants Enrile to participate in deliberations on the proposed Bangsamoro law considering his vast experience as a legislator, as a lawyer and as a former defense secretary who faced the Moro rebellion head on.

Enrile was defense minister in the administration of the senator’s father and namesake, President Ferdinand Marcos.

Marcos said he had long discussions with Enrile on various issues including the proposed law on the Bangsamoro before he was placed under arrest and detained following the filing of a plunder case against him in connection with his alleged involvement in the pork barrel scam.


“He is the most experienced in government and legislation among the members of the chamber. He is very good lawyer in his private practice and he could really help in the crafting of BBL,” he told The Manila Times.

Sources at the Supreme Court (SC) disclosed that an overwhelming majority of the justices are inclined to support the petition to have the 91-year-old lawmaker released.

They said a 17-page draft decision ordering the provisional release of Enrile circulated among the justices last week.

A P500,000 bail was set for Enrile’s temporary liberty.

Marcos said he believes Enrile deserves to be allowed to leave detention for humanitarian reasons considering his age and health condition.

He added that the veteran lawmaker is not flight risk and he does not believe that Enrile is planning to leave the country.

“Considering his age, we should take that into account. He needs constant medical attention. You know when you are 91-years old, you have health issues,” Marcos said.

Senate President Franklin Drilon said Enrile, the minority floor leader, can attend sessions once he is released from detention.

The Senate president noted that Enrile, even in detention, can still perform his legislative duties particularly the filing of proposed bills and resolutions since the suspension order issued by the Sandiganbayan last September 2014 had already been lifted.

The anti-graft court issued a 90-day suspension order last September against Enrile in connection with the plunder and other graft related cases he is facing.

Enrile’s suspension ended on November 28.

Apart from Enrile, Senators Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. are also facing charges at the Sandiganbayan and are currently detained in Camp Crame in Quezon City.

Meanwhile, the expected plenary debate on the proposed BLBAR did not push through on Monday because senators were not yet ready to tackle the measure on the floor.

Although many lawmakers have expressed the intention to interpellate, they did not indicate the date as to when they intend to do it.

Drilon said some senators who are planning to quiz Marcos on his version of the BBL are asking for more time to study the measure.

The Senate president added that they are also waiting for Marcos to give senators a matrix of amendments so that they can make the interpellations easier.

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  1. I think very clearly that Mr. Enrile’s case was the product of a clever legal maneuver. It consist of that brilliant sacrifice of Gigi Reyes who was made to appear as the sole planner and receiver of all grease money from Napoles, divorcing Enrile away from any responsibility; plus, another wise move – voluntary surrender; plus another very clever tactic – complete silence while the case was under review, unlike Jingoy and Revilla – they exposed their guilt and were caught by heir own big mouth! But it does mean that Enrile is innocent. Personally, I believe that he is the mastermind, master planner. It is unlikely that Gigi got all that huge money, common!

  2. Voice of CORRUPTION…Not Voice of Reason, tanga ka..You should help clean the government of animals like this, instead of telling lies to the people…Mga hayop kayo, hindi nyo ba nakikita ang kalagayan ng Pinas mula pa noong panahon ng Diktador Marcos na si Amoy Lupa Enrile ang Mastermind? Ungas kang author ka nitong article..tutuliin kita! Mayroon pa naman siguro natitirang Matino dyan na pwede maging boses ng Matino na mga tao at maging Tunay na Pinono…

  3. Voice of CORRUPTION…Not Voice of Reason, tanga ka..You should help clean the government of animals like this, insread of telling lies to the people…Mga hayop kayo, hindi nyo ba nakikita ang kalagayan ng Pinas mula pa noong panahon ng Diktador Marcos na si Amoy Lupa Enrile ang Mastermind? Ungas kang author ka nitong article..tutuliin kita! Mayroon pa naman siguro natitirang Matino dyan na pwede maging boses ng Matino na mga tao at maging Tunay na Pinono…

  4. eltee mulawin on

    >>> I read the readers comment in this article news. It reminds the film “Son of Gods” and remembering ” JC” was charged and how he was sentence to be crucified and most of all ” WHO WAS ACTUALLY JUDGED HIM AND SENTENCED HIM TO DEATH”.

    >>> And in our present two congress chambers… “Caipas” represented by Rep.Sonny Belmonte, while “Poncius Pilate” represented by Franklin Drilon.

  5. laguatanlawzen.com on

    When Senators Enrile, Revilla and Estrada were selected by vindictive Abnoy for the alleged plunder crime, he stopped chasing the alleged corrupt officials in his administration. Why are Butch Abad, Drilon, Cayetano, and the rest who are glaringly guilty of the crime of plunder not charged for the crime of plunder? Are they sacred cows? What :PNOY is doing now for his selective vindictiveness against his perceived political enemies will have a KARMATIC effect on him when he step down in June 2016. I want him to suffer the same harsh treatment when there will be a deluge of cases being filed against him left and right for all the SINS he had committed during his administration.

  6. Marcos is using this BBL for his own personal gain,now he want to use crook Enrile with the useless BBL,this just show that Marcos tolerate corruptions.Our country will never progress with this kind of people in the government,that why need to pass the anti dynasty to get rid of the dynasty of corrupt.Just abolish autonomous region and move on to better things for the country.

  7. BBL is a very important issue to be dealt with. The need for brilliant minds and understanding the history can bring light and contribute to the success and peace.

    Like it or not, Enrile does have the wisdom, 91 years and still sharp. I would like to hear what this man has to say . He is part of our History!
    Perhaps , he should also be questioned about what happened behind doors on Corona hearings.
    Are we not curious about what Enrile was prevy to?

    A quote from Margaret Thatcher , UK Prime minister
    ” The desire for justice imposes very firm requirement on the politician. First a recognition that he can never be above the Law “.

    Let us not be Cynical !

  8. The citizens deserve justice. Let all those involved in the Napoles’s scam be tried and prosecuted in a timely manner. Likewise, Penoy and other government officials must do their job of being public servants honestly,diligently and conscientiously. GOD BLESS THE PHILIPPINES.

  9. Senate President Franklin Drilon said Enrile, the minority floor leader, can attend sessions once he is released from detention.
    The Senate president noted that Enrile, even in detention, can still perform his legislative duties particularly the filing of proposed bills and resolutions

    Marcos said he believes Enrile deserves to be allowed to leave detention for humanitarian reasons considering his age and health condition
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    Letting plunderer’s out of jail is a good thing now ?

    The law clearly does not apply to government officials. How about letting everyone out of jail that stole less than Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile.

    • Charlie Balakubak on

      Enrile is not yet convicted of plunder! He is presumed innocent until a court of law determines he is proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt. The law applies to any one.

    • fyi, ‘deng , I fully agree with you about enrile’s pangungurakut because he has DISSAPPINTED MANY FILIPINOS when he ALLOWED HIMSELF TO BE BRIBED by Aquino to UNJUSTLY impeach cjCORONA ( I really FEEL BAD for enrile to have done that to cjCORONA UP TO THIS TIME )… but fyi ‘deng, what BbMarcos perhaps mean is , with the BBL issue, Enrile is well seasoned to be able to see and foresee the PROS and CONS of every provision in the BBL as COMPARED TO IQBAL and the Malaysian people na walang walang pagmamalasakit sa mga Pilipinos at Pilipinas but crafted the BBL that will ensure Malaysia’s victory to their claim not only SABAH the whole of MINDANAO … GOD HAVE MERCY ON US FILIPINOS ,, SAVE US once again!!!!

    • Enrile is not yet convicted of plunder! He is presumed innocent until a court of law determines he is proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt.
      Charlie Balakubak
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      2 years later still no trial

      How’s that Maguindanao massacre trial going ?
      6 years and no trial.

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      “The law applies to any one” -Charlie Balakubak
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      The law applies only to whoever Aquino say’s and only who Aquino say’s.

      18 Senators on the Napoles list for giving their pork barrel gifts
      3 opposition senators charged
      15 liberal party allies no charges for doing the exact same thing.

      100 house of rep’s members on the Napoles list
      No charges filed.

      Why ? the law doesn’t apply to liberal party Aquino allies

      Napoles named sect budget management Abad as her mentor in the Pork barrel scam
      Sect Abad approved every pork barrel payout to fake non government organizations.
      Where did the the DAP money disappear too ? P20 billion unaccounted for ?
      Where did the Typhoon Yolanda funds disappear to ? P18 billion donated by foreign governments and organizations, 135.000 people still living in tents without electric.

      The COA (commission of Audit ) requested records from Abad numerous times and were ignored.

      No charges or investigations of Abad,
      Why ? the law doesn’t apply to liberal party Aquino allies.

      The supreme court ordered Ombudsman Morales to investigate misuse of the DAP fund after it was declared unconstitutional.

      No investigation or charges.
      Why ? the president and Abad designed and misused the DAP fund.

      What you forgot Charlie is:

      Aquino is Judge Dread – ” I am the Law “

  10. Yes, Enrile will add wisdom to the debate. Just the same as the discussions with other segments of Mindanano have added their thoughts.

    • I don’t recall seeing anything on the government seizing or freezing his assets.
      Is he allowed to keep the plundered money since he is old ?

      How much of the plundered money has been recovered so far from all the pork barrel thieves ?

  11. rene catalasan on

    Bongbong Marcos’ various arguments i.e. to allow the aging Ponce Enrile to post bail might be valid on the surface but at the expense of justice.
    Yes, Enrile is a brilliant lawyer but instead of using it for the common good and welfare of the country, he uses it to enrich himself in office thru graft and corruption starting from Martial Law days until all his wrongdoings and baggage unfolded.
    Yes, politicians are the No. 1 problem besetting our beloved country. 98% are crooked. Only 2%, the likes of Jessie Robredo are honest and dedicated to their jobs.