The last session day at the Senate saw nine senators bowing out, including minority leader Juan Ponce Enrile who served as a legislator for 27 years.
Enrile, the oldest senator, served four terms in the Senate. He was also a congressman for three years.
“I would like to thank all of my colleagues and all those people that worked with me and beg their forbearance and understanding if in the heat of debate, I somehow helped them unwittingly or displeased them,” the veteran lawmaker said.
Enrile, 92, noted that he tried his best to serve the people.
“Like what McArthur said, old soldiers never die, they just fade away. I would say today, my last appearance in this chamber, old politicians never die, they will just fade away. My head was bloodied but never bowed,” he said.
Enrile was among the nine outgoing senators who were commended by the chamber during its last session.
The others were Senators Pia Cayetano, Miriam Defensor Santiago, Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada, Teofisto Guingona 3rd, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., Sergio Osmeña 3rd, Ramon Revilla Jr. and Lito Lapid.