Enrile: Old politicians fade away


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.


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  1. Enrile was a thief who misused the people’s money, gave bonuses to his drivers with the pork barrel allocation like it was his personal money. He should have rotted under hospital arrest or as the politicians call it jail.

    For some reason he kept getting elected to the senate over and over.

    The people get the government they deserve.

    • I agree,, that is why we have a nation rotten to its core. Voters that are mostly uneducated and stupid and we have politicians that are mostly scavengers and bad actors. Rotten country, that is what we have. Why expect anything good while it was rotten from the start. President after president going to jail. This third one coming.

  2. Jose Samilin on

    I admire and thanks Enrile’s wisdom shared to our younger generation lawmakers., Old politicians fade away, in parallel with the bible, “He must increase,but I must decrease, (jn. 3:30 NASB)

  3. Good riddance, you should have left politics when Marcos left. Stabbed him in the back……

    • It is my opinion that Enrile is a Super Genius. He beat Marcos who is a genius and put him to prison in Hawaii. You deserve to be called Super Genius or Super Notorious.

  4. it was actually years of “self service”, thank goodness that demon is gone from the government