Santiago says relationship with Ninong Enrile turns ‘ice-cold’


Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago

Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago said her relationship with Senate President Juan Pone-Enrile, her “ninong” or godfather in her wedding,  has turned “ice-cold.”

“We’ll, that’s a status. It does not  indicate  friendship,”  Santiago said  answering  questions from reporters on Wednesday .

Asked to describe her relationship now with Enrile,  Santiago answered, “Ice-cold.”

On Tuesday, a brief  tension ensued between the two when  Enrile, a staunch critic of  the controversial  Reproductive Health bill, proposed to  remove the phrase “safe and satisfying sex life” in the definition of reproductive health in the bill.

When several senators expressed discomfort over the inclusion of the  phrase, Santiago, a co-sponsor of the controversial measure, stood up and expressed her surprise at how her colleagues reacted to it.

“Some of us may find strange the phrase ‘safe and satisfying sex life’ in our legislative vocabulary. That’s because we don’t always deal with international law in this chamber,” she said.

“So it’s  mere unfamiliarity that  make us  hesitate to use this phrase. But if I may, I’d like to volunteer the fact that a safe and satisfying sex life has already  become part of international vocabulary on humans right particularly on women’s right.”

“Why are we so aghast at the use of the terms.  It’s been (there) for 20 years or more,” she said.

Responding to Santiago, Enrile said: “I must confess my ignorance about international law. I made that proposal because I’m a Filipino legislator. I’m  not an international legislator and I’d like to propose the amendments.”

“And if it does not ring well to others who are more brilliant than my knucklehead so be it but I’d like  to be voted out,” said the Senate leader.

“Point of parliamentary privilege. I feel alluded to and I resent it,” Santiago said.

“So be it,” Enrile said.

Talking to reporters a day after, Santiago said she was “elated” by their exchanges although she felt that Enrile was  getting  personal on her.

“He was trying to  be snide and sarcastic and I resented it,” she said.

“You know in a debate, you can say anything as long as you keep within the issue. But if you go to personality,  that is considered a no-no. That’s hitting below the belt. It’s like saying  ‘I don’t like your face because you are ugly’,” she said.

“These are personalities. And to say I’m not as brilliant as others in a very sarcastic way is going to personalities.”

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  • Khaye

    haha etong si santiago na to ang bilis sumama ng loob pag napepersonal sya pero kung sya ang mamersonal sa iba kala mo kung sino!

  • Darwin

    This is what a single knucklehead do to the future of our country. Senile Enrile, please retire to obscurity already. NOW NA.

  • EdgarEdgar

    Gusto ko happy ka =≠= Safe, satisfying sex

    Another broken campaign promise from the inveterate liar himself, Senator Enrile. Some people never change.

  • Rand Thor

    Waht is wrong with safe and satisfying sex? I think majority of us want that. Goodness, even some Catholic priests prefer safe and satisfying sex ^^

  • marcos_hitler_diktador_tuta

    When these two characters fight and try to outdo each other, thats the epitome of public service. If they kill each other, that’s even better.

  • Edgardo Mendoza

    kayo mga pilipino pakalat kalat ang mga blesing ninyo” sinabi na nga ni carnival tagle na pahalagahan ang buhay sabihan ninyo si carnival tagle na ibili ng damit ang mga blesing ninyo dun naman sa mga isnatcher wag ninyo nakawan ng abuloy ang simbahan pinalagyan na nga ng cctvs video loob at labas ng simbahan wala kayo patawad pati kampana ninakaw ninyo saan ninyo dinala ang kampana pinakilo ba ninyo mga batang hamog” sabihan ninyo ang nanay ninyo na mag simba lakihan ang abuloy dahil mamasyal si carnival tagle sa roma na alam naman ninyo na may batas na r.h bill pero tandaan ninyo sa vatican wala r.h bill dun binibilang ng mga obispo ang abuloy siya nga pala nag papasa lamat nga pala ang santo papa sa dala ni carnival tagle maklaking abuloy buti free tax na sa gobyerno salamat sa pag tangkilik ng mga negosyo ng vatican lalo na private schools at mga share ng vatican sa maning corporation sa pinas”’masaya si carnival tagle wala ng tax taba na naman ng bulsa ng mga kaanak niya ngising demonyo”’

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  • Ronaldo

    this is what happens if you are too smart. may kapalit yan

  • kilabot

    miriam is icc-caliber, but rhbill is her weak point; 
    jpe may be an opportunist, but rhbill is his strong point; 

    the rhbill is like faith, it makes the wise foolish and the foolish wise.

  • pilosopo4

    Both are guilty of legislative arrogance

  • Marx Louis Wang

    Kung ayaw nila ng safe and satisfying sex, ano ang gusto nila??? unsafe and dissatisfying sex??? bhwar har har har har LOL!

  • boybakal

    Santiago says relationship with Ninong Enrile turns ‘ICE COLD’

    These two Enrile and Santiago are in the forefront of RH Bill, all about sex.
    What can you expect from Enrile, 85 years old, Santiago 70.
    One is Octogenarian, one is Septuagenarian, senior senior citizens.
    These two are not HOT anymore to talk of RH Bill.
    Whether there is Viagra or not, these two are of course, ICE COLD.

  • MonMayuga

    Has the brilliant lawyer-senator lost the ability to debate with reason instead of sarcasm? This contentious RH Bill issue has made many people, brilliant and mediocre to argue in an ungentlemanly manner.

  • chuggy

    It shouldn’t be the state’s concern whether people have satisfying sex lives or not. Who cares about international human rights language? JPE is correct: this is the Philippines, not an international organization. What goes on in someone’s bedroom is nobody else’s business. 

    And as if Miriam never gets personal when debating her colleagues.  

  • $15469930

    The. Main purpose and benefactor of RH bill is to eradicate or minimize kids in the street these kids comes from very poor family who mostly un educated .

  • isidro

    I think Miriam should define well what is “satisfying sex.”  The State cannot provide it. It is subjective.

    Unless Miriam hasn’t feel it, maybe that is the reason she is asking how to do and have it.
    Condoms cannot provide satisfying sex kasi di mo daw “ma feel.”  So we don’t need condoms.
    Try natural method, feel na feel mo at “extremely satisfying pa.”

  • Bilasa

    ice-cold condom. ICC. bells are ringing!!!

  • mapicchu

    why are you still here miriam? go to the ICC already. enrile, overstaying ka na rin…go retire na. when you both disappear…we will have peace.

  • jlarcilla

    He-he-he, may selective amnesia yata si  Miriam,kapag siya ang sarcastic at nang-iinsulto, okay lang. Kapag sa kanya ginawa, galit na galit.

  • maypakialamako

    itong si enrile matagal nang dapat ikinulong sa bilibid at si miriam sa mental!

  • Mananandata69

    Dapar cool lang. Being a veteran legislators, u must be role models inside the chamber para doon sa mga bagito at pikon na legislators.  Being Filipinos , we both have the same faces

    • Olibo

      Buti nga bunganga lang sa atin, sa Taiwan, Spain, Japan at Australia suntukan at bastusan sa kanilang chambers or parliament.

  • Rovingmoron

    In politics, there are no permanent friends, only permanent interests.

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