Enrile not upset with Santiago over RH measure


Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile. FILE PHOTO

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile on Monday said his being upset with Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago had nothing to do with the reproductive health (RH) bill.

Enrile told reporters that he had nothing against the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Pia Cayetano, whose Christmas gift to him was also returned just like Santiago’s Panaderia de Molo biscuits.

“My receiving clerk made a mistake because when the staff got the gift that I wanted to return to Miriam, the staff thought that it was because of the RH bill,” Enrile said in an interview before the session Monday afternoon.

“I don’t have any problem with Pia,” he added.

It was Santiago who disclosed on Friday that Enrile had returned her Christmas gift and that the latter was expected to lose the Senate presidency either in January or February because of his opposition to the RH bill, which President Aquino had certified as urgent.

Enrile, in a radio interview on Sunday, said he returned Santiago’s biscuits because she earlier told the media that she got him as her godfather because of the prestige of having Enrile, then the secretary of justice when Santiago got married, as a wedding sponsor.

Santiago, a cosponsor of the RH bill, also characterized her relationship with Enrile as “ice cold.”

“I don’t have anything against [Santiago]. She’s the one upset with me. Didn’t she say that?” Enrile said in Monday’s interview at the Senate.

“Now if a person doesn’t consider me a friend or she just got me as a ‘ninong’ (wedding sponsor) for convenience or status at a time when I was secretary of justice—so I call a spade a spade—I do not impose myself upon her,” he added.

Enrile acknowledged that other issues caused him to be upset with Santiago.

The Senate President said that when the chamber’s leadership was being ironed out in 2010, Sen. Manuel Villar, “who’s my friend,” arranged a dinner between him and Santiago, during which she apologized.

“She said, ‘sorry.’ I said, ‘OK.’ That’s why, if you remember, she got the last available committee because I really did not want her to be a member of the majority,” Enrile said.

On whether the RH bill worsened his relationship with Santiago, Enrile said, “No.”

“It’s common that we debate. We take different positions. It’s a matter of conscience. We vote according to conscience, according to our notion of right and what’s good for the country,” he said.

Asked if he planned to talk to Santiago, Enrile said, “What for?”

Told of Santiago’s remark, when she was asked the same question, that she intended to kiss him in public, Enrile said: “I’m not a hypocrite. When I don’t like a person, I don’t like a person.”

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  • 12JEM

    Hindi na nakatiis si Miriam, Mang Johnny. Sabi niya tagal na tagal na ninong ka niya pero ni isang papasko wala pa siyang natatanggap galing sa iyo. Talagang GI ka raw.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza


  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NV25ZPWMBDYFXEYR3AWQ43ZS5E Hein S

    HAHAHA, LOOZER bishops.
    LYING got you Nowhere.

  • Hey_Dudes

    Now that the RH bill is here and now, if Mr. Enrile still has some decency left in him, he should volunteer leaving his post as senate president.

    There is no compelling reason for him and those who support him to continue rib wracking the senate.  RH bill has passed as well as FOI.  You have a lot on your plate to worry about petty intramural.

  • mekeni62

    it seems the stem cell therapy JPE is having is making him younger. He is now on his second childhood.

  • justjarred

    Start of the downfall (again) ni JPE.


    NAGSAULIAN na ng kandila!  At this stage bale-wala  na ang kahit na anupaman ang ihagis kay Enrile, the Berds.  Nagawa na nya ang lahat ng gusto niya, naranasan na nya ang halos lahat ng mararanasan, wala na siyang kailangan pang habulin sa buhay, at kesehoda kayong lahat kung ayaw ninyo sa kanya.  Isasak lang nya sa bahayn nya ang lahat ng patutsada sa kanya. Yan ang status ni Berds ngayon.  Talagang masarap ang maraming “body guards” na a-alialigid sa iyo kahit saan TNL ma lupalop ka pumunta.  Para kang may German Shepherd o Doberman…o basurero na tagapulot ng mga echas mo. How sweet it is to be followed anywhere you go. 

    • kalikasanipagtanggol

       Huwag mo ng pagtiyagaan si JPE dahil wala ng nectar na maibibigay kahit kargahan mo ng pampatigas…..magtiis ka muna sa vienna sausage mo meron pa naman inilalabas na nectar….kung gusto mo naman ligawan yung anak sigurado ala ak47 pa bumira yun pero mag-ingat ka din baka magaya ka kay alfie, pero sana nga magaya ka at yung hindi na ililitaw ang katawan….

  • Barak_O

    jpe pwned brenda

  • garcia677

    Very nice of you Enrile to be frank and ingenuous, that’s th best quality that one has to have and it’s a rar one not unlike the may who are hypocrite,

    • KpTUL

       It’s rare ? In the Philippine politics is a common practice. Let us call spade a spade. Natalo ang RH bill, tapos ! The voice of the majority is heard. This is not martial law. The senate president cannot decide what he wants. Enrile should learn from Sereno.

  • Sam

    The Ponce is like a spoiled child. The older he gets, the more childish he becomes.

  • http://twitter.com/PatrickTesoro Patrick Bryan Tesoro

    Enrile, ikaw ang nagsimula kaya ikaw ang tunay na upset. Ikaw ang nag-sarcasm kay Miriam dahil hindi mo masagot yung mga argumento niya about international law. Rumesponde lang si Miriam ng “ice-cold” sayo kasi mukhang Martial Law ka pa rin.

  • poltergeist_fuhrer

    ang mga yellow ribbons…nuon galit na galit kayo kay brenda during coronas trial…

    ngaun, u praise her to high heavens…

    yellow yellow submarine…………..

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VY25ZOHU3FJFFX6CYSH5W4AX3I sugbu

      ganyan iyong mga taong walang prinsepyo…Pag ayon convenient sa kanila,okay na.

    • JuanTamadachi

      Its called giving credit where credit is due; and on this issue, Brenda in my book, deserves all the accolades being given her.

      • poltergeist_fuhrer

        no..it is called selective justice…it is good if it pleases ur taste…

      • JuanTamadachi

        call it what you like.

      • poltergeist_fuhrer

        pathetic excuse

      • JuanTamadachi

        I am sorry you feel like an amoeba..

      • poltergeist_fuhrer


      • JuanTamadachi

        Flattery will get you nowhere, my sarah palin-brained amoeba

      • poltergeist_fuhrer


      • JuanTamadachi

        Then you better back off before you get crushed, my palin-brained amoeba

      • poltergeist_fuhrer


      • xrisp

        hahaha…ang tagal bago ka tinigilan ni juantamad…

      • poltergeist_fuhrer

        yaan mo na yan parekoy…mahirap kasi ang natatamaan…it hurts, u know…(sabi ni paciquiao)

      • JuanTamadachi

        Patience my little palin brained amoeba, soon you might move up to being a protozoa..

      • poltergeist_fuhrer


      • JuanTamadachi

        Ah my little palin-brained amoeba, a protozoa wannabe, is losing his repartee. 

      • poltergeist_fuhrer

        yellow virus in a yellow submarine…go, sing it…

      • JuanTamadachi

        after you, my little cupcake.

      • poltergeist_fuhrer

        dislike it much…but u love and lick yellow ribbon much

      • JuanTamadachi

        cupcake, you’re not very good at this so I bid you a fond adieu.. 

  • KpTUL

    To Santiago and Enrile

    Both of you are adults. Well, senior adults to be exact. You are supposed to be role models in politics for this country. Instead, you took modeling to the ramp like showbiz personalities. The next day, you will guest in Kris Aquino’s morning show. Enough already ! Nandoon na si Chiz at kinse anyos nyang girlfriend. Mga seandor ant senadora for F*** sake can the two of you just do your job and stop washing your dirty linens in public ? Of course you have your personal lives . We are not interested whether you hate each other or what. We really dont care. Both of you are senators of the republic for F*** sake . Please be professional. Nakakairita na kayong dalawa. Ang dami ninyong drama !

  • Philcruz

    Over-aged kids.

  • Janch

    Hindi nakakatuwang panuorin ang dalawang gurang na nag-aaway.  Pakialam ng mga pilipino kung di nyo ‘ma-take’ ang isa’t isa.  Ayusin niyo na lang ang trabaho niyo. 

    At akin na ang Panaderia de Molo biscuits, kung ayaw mo. LOL


    THAT’S what’s all about politics-USERS’ game. Once you’ve outlived your usefulness, you]re done.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3RMNEZCQQHXWOQRXJROQ2CORFU Homer Guo

    di nga! kung di ka banas ke santiago bakit mo isinoli? wala kang pasko spirit… hndi ka bitter at galit ha!!!!!? talaga lang ha, manong johnny, ha. your actions betray your words.

  • Marx Louis Wang

    Hindi ko yata na-gets kung bakit ibinalik ang gift ni Miriam. Bakit galit siya kay Miriam kung hindi dahil sa RH Bill?

  • pinakatagotago

    i love Panaderia de Molo biskwets. 

    if i were the courier of that biskwet and manong johnny’s staff returned it to me as she was instructed, i would open it and eat it in front of her. 


  • romeyo chill

    Very childish and unprofessional.  Indeed, you do not need too much education to be learned.

  • Ramon Mayuga


  • serapious

    i am so happy reading all your comments, mailabas  lang ang sama ng loob…in the pressure of the dark the light will ignite for enlightenment-einsteini- thanks to disqus to connect us each other-as we are all connected in souls and spirit…soon filipinos, we are all noble freedom loving peolpe.. for Glorious Republic of the Philippines and Global Peace…God is Love.. IN CIA ALLAH.


    Whatever the reason JPE returned Sen. Santiago’s gift, this only shows how childish the old man is. This attitude is unfit for a legislator. 

    • Alejandro Canda

      This is not surprising for a very old man, masyadong matampuhin. Dapat kay Enrile magpahinga na sya sa politika. Nakakasuka na ang pangalan nya sa daming kinasasankutang patayaN, kidnapping at pang-aapi sa panahon ng martia lawl. Isa syang kilabot na hatchet man ni Marcos. To hell with Enrile. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E3CE56OQVPC4RPYD2NR4VD3SUE Bert

    If it’s not the RHB that widened the rift, could it be Corona’s Impeachment then?

  • boomvilla

    siraulo nito talaga si miriam. nilalait niya ninong niyang korap

  • Diepor

    A 100 year old child.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3TWVIBNBHJIBKXLUC5IT2JYM5E Harry

    After being disliked by most Filipinos does this guy really like another human being? Many doubt if he has a real friend other than his tut_s.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L3NJ4IIZZMB2OMPIOR7X2B72ME k

    ”The Senate President said that when the chamber’s leadership was being ironed out in 2010, Sen. Manuel Villar, “who’s my friend,” arranged a dinner between him and Santiago, during which she apologized”.

    Enrile,di ba niyari mo si villar noong presidential election about sa C-5 road?yung ”help”.tinawag mo pa nga na coward?yan ba ang friend sa iyo?

  • w33k3nd3r

    Then why did you return the Christmas gifts that she sent to you, pops?

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