Enrile, whose son and Rep. Jackie Enrile lost in last May’s elections, made the announcement in a privilege speech on the last session day of the 15th Congress.
Enrile said that his distribution of P1.6 million Senate savings to each senator last December 2012 has been unfairly criticized, considering that it was accounted for by his certification.
Enrile stressed that since the distribution is above board, his colleagues should be the one to account for their budget before the public.
“I refuse to be anyone’s scapegoat and everyone’s whipping boy. I refuse to let any senator drag my name down the gutter. I refuse to stand idly by when no less than the son of my former partner, the late Senator Renato L. Cayetano, would dare accuse me of being a thief or a scoundrel,” Enrile said.
Senators Alan Peter Cayetano and Antonio Trillanes 4th said it was Enrile who refused to clear his name by resigning.
“Of course it is sad that he has to go that way, but as a public servant, I cannot allow my emotions to get the better of me. He is yet to answer the questions the issues raised against him on how the Senate funds are spent. Are all expenditures accounted for certification alone, or not? Was it a Christmas gift?,” Cayetano said in an interview.
“If he wanted to clear his name, he should have faced it directly,” Cayetano added.