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Enrile dares foes to take him to court

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Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines –  Senate President Juan Ponce-Enrile  on Thursday dared anyone to take  him to court  if  he  has violated  any law  when he  gave  18  senators an additional   P2.2  million  fund  each  last year.

Enrile, in a radio interview, insisted that he did not violate any law when he gave the fund, representing the additional maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE) of the 18 senators.

“Alam ko yun at hindi na kailangang ituturo ng isang taong halos medyo bumagsak sa bar examination, alam ko yun e. Wala akong nilabag na batas,”  he said.

(I know that and I don’t need to be lectured by a person who almost flunked the bar examination. I did not violate any law.)

“Kung inaakala ng kung sino man na ako’y lumabag sa batas, kasuhan nila ako. I will be very happy para maipakita ko naman ang kagaguhan ko at kagalingan ko sa husgado,” he said.

(If that person thinks that I’ve violated the law, then file a case against me. I will be very happy because I would be able to demonstrate my expertise in court.)

Aside from Enrile, only four of 23 senators did not get the  last two tranches  of  the  funds amounting to P1.6 million  and they are Minority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano, Pia Cayetano,  Senators Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV, and Miriam Defensor-Santiago.

But all 23 senators, Enrile said, got the first tranche of the fund , which is P600,000, given to them in November  2012.

In fact, Enrile said, Santiago  received all the  additional MOOE he  gave to her from 2008 to 2011.

“Ngayon binago ko ang sistema, hindi ko na binigyan ang minority. Binigyan ko sila sa first tranche…Umalma sila noong hindi nila natanggap yung mga sumunod na mga tranches,” the Senate leader added.

(Now I changed the system, I did not include the minority. I gave them the first tranche…They complained when they did not receive the next tranches.)

Enrile also disclosed that when   he gave  all 23 senators  a P250,000 Christmas bonus from  the savings of his own  office,  Santiago allegedly deposited  the money in her private bank account.

Enrile said he  knew about it because when Santiago  returned  the P250,000 to his office, her aide supposedly  mentioned in a letter that the money was “inadvertently deposited in her account.”


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  • Labandera1

    Enrile which court satan’s court or kanggaroo court take a pick…atat na atat na si satanas sa kahihintay sa iyo sa impyerno….bully ka pa rin kahit amoy lupa ka na….

    • tiriring

      Wow! I agree!

    • Marx Louis Wang

       Maybe he advocates getting old with disgrace rather than grace.

  • iping2sison

    Walang mapapala ang mamayan kahit kasuhan si Manong. Magsasaya ang bayan kung wala na sa pwuesto ang kasabwat ni Marcos sa pagdeklara ng martial law.

  • Putakte Naman

    Magpahinga ka na hoy! Give chance to others. Ewan ko ba sa mga bomoto sa yo? Meron ba o nandaya lang?

  • Platypus09

    He sees himself as god, with all the mighty powers.

    In this country of ours, there is no such thing as god on earth.

    Only the Constitution is supposedly the ultimate power.

    • Shadows1

       Wrong, the ultimate power is the PEOPLE. Read the Constitution, all power emanates from the PEOPLE.

  • DAMBUHALA

    sa dami niyo ng naibulsa na pera ng bayan….. di pa kayo nakuntento…… sa kabila ng karamihan sa mga government agencies hindi na nag celebrate ng kanilang X-MAS Party para may maitulong sa mga biktima ng bagyong PABLO….. TAPOS KAYO NAGPAKASASA SA LAKI NG PERANG INYONG BINULSA…. WALA NG MANINIWALA SA INYO NA GINAMIT ANG PERA BILANG MOOE …… ALAM NA NG LAHAT NA SINASABING NIYONG MOOE MONEY AY HOKUS POKUS LANG ANG CLEARING NIYAN… PERO ANG TOTOO BINULSA NIYO MGA SENADOR AT TONGRESISTA….. MGA BUWAYA KAYO……. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PZR7JI7G2WD2CTVMZ7LM667FD4 Ugly Bunny

    Kapal naman tlga ng makunat at kulubot na balat nito oh!

  • popeyee

    Enrile is missing a point..di naman sinasabi ni Miriam na may nilabag na batas si Enrile a? Bakit di sagutin kung bakit nagbigay pa ng additional na MOOE samantalang patapos na ang taon. Ang 2013 ay may sariling budget.

    Pati bar exam ni Mriam pinakikialaman nya. Miriam is another Trillanes..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DKHID3EEHTG27U5JXRIIUVKXQA Jose Rizal

    Fair enough!  Who’s gonna take the challenge?

    Hahahahahahah! Ang matatalinong Pinoy, naloko lang ng isang abnoy!
    Hahahahahaha!

    • tagatabas

       Nawala ka sa hulog, ang pinaguusapan dito ay senado, hangang langit ang galit mo, baka mabangungut ka na niyan, Relax ka lang at next time habol ka ng presidente para umunlad na ang Pilipinas.

      • Marx Louis Wang

         Non-reader yan si JR.

      • catalansbarce

        Pambulabog lang to kay JR to the real issue kasi negative e. Isa
        sya sa mga alipores ni Mang Juan.

  • Platypus09

    Replace all our Senators in the upcoming elections.

    They have served enough.

    They have stolen our tax money enough.

    Enough is enough.

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

    bully si enrile….. utak nya  “martial law ” mode pa rin.

  • tagatabas

    Sa lahat ng galit kay Enrile, since hindi siya re-electionist wala kayong magagawa kundi wag iboto ang kanyang anak na si Jackie Enrile sa senado, isama na rin ninyo ang anak ni Erap na si JV Ejercito at anak ni Binay. In that way mababawasan ang political dynasty.

  • tiriring

    Court? No!
    Vote for jacky? No! No!
    Resign from Senate? Yes! Yes! Yes!

  • Fayha

    Enrile!!!!!!! tumahimik ka !!!!!!!!!nakakasawa kana……

  • Aries China

    See … even our law protects and allow this kind of corruption to happen. nakakainis man isipin pero it is very LEGAL. 

    • To_Be_Continued

      It may be legal but obviously immoral considering that thousands are still suffering from three recent typhoons nang pinaghatian nila ang  pera ni Juan na hindi pagaari ni manong.

      • Aries China

        What is morality if your law tells you it is legal thing to do. yung batas mismo ang dapat baguhin kasi may mga taong katulad ni enrile na abusado at ginagamit ang batas para sa pansariling kapakanan. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JJJIM4NLKKTOFNEIYTPASRDN3U Abaddon

    I remember Corona did the same reasoning  :-)

    • tiriring

      at si mikee arroyo!

  • markotres

    Sa ibang korte ka mananagot at doon ka masusunog tatang..

  • Marx Louis Wang

    You created an atmosphere of HATRED, CONFUSION, ETC. ETC. What is this big money for? A million for gift? Did you do this because of the scent that you will be ousted? Are you so insecure such that you have to give this big amount? If I were you, maraming 11 to 15 anyos diyan sa Quiapo na nagbebenta ng “sampagita” (sa totoo lang laman ang ibinebenta nila) na dapat mong bigyan ng aginaldo.

  • dikoy321

    CORRUPT REASONING of a CORRUPT POLITICIAN !

    Not because this is legal does it mean it is ETHICAL, Mr Enrile !

    In other words, NAKAW pa rin ginawa mo, dahil PERA yan ng BAYAN !

    Try EXPLAINING your case to the Cateel, New Bataan, CDO typhoon victims, in person !

    Baka IBAON itong si JPE ng buhay doon sa Cateel, Davao Oriental !

    BALUKTOT at BULOK itong Utak ni JPE !

    Enrile, your JOB is to WORK for the Filipino nation, NOT the other WAY AROUND !

    Forward Philippines !!!

  • Fulpol

    there is no reason for Enrile to resign… they loved him so much…

    but wait if DBM Sec Abad do the challenge…

  • blainz

    Of course, Enrile knows there is no law stipulating he stick to delicadeza.

    “…halos medyo bumagsak sa bar examination…”

    Oooh, the catfight between Enrile and Miriam continues, but he might just made a misstep:

    “Kung inaakala ng kung sino man na ako’y lumabag sa batas, kasuhan nila ako…”

    Hello Martial Law victims, the architect just invited you all for reparations entitlement.

  • Marx Louis Wang

    A psycho-strategy. Start provoking your enemies before they jump on you. Like reverse psychology.

  • 12JEM

    No need to try you in courts of justice.

    YOU WILL FRY IN THE COURT OF PUBLIC OPINION.

    Kaya nga lang and concept ng iyong HIYA  ay hiwalay sa iyong MUKHA.

    Kasing layo ng asteroid na Aphopis sa Earth!

  • To_Be_Continued

    Manong Senile, we know panalo ka sa court of “justice” dahil magaling ka magpaikot ng batas. But I am very sure, in the “court of public opinion” sentensiyado ka na. Gamitin mo na ang corrupt na media pero ang bayan, hindi mo maloloko.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RSTY5YV5WHH773Q2MICJTHNPXA Alec

    all i know there are lot of filipino people who are hungry and needs more help than the senators…they need bonuses also than the senators…it is unfair that a senators and the congressman receive a big bonus where in all they are doing is to corrupt the money…what is the proof:: look at our system in the goverment, look at the road, look at the public hospital, see how they take advantage to the ofw workers…look at Gloria Arroyo, look what happen to the philippines on time of calamity…just stop and look and think what kind of benefits you get from the past and current goverment of the philippines…

  • opinyonlangpo

    He is right. . . .people can not do anything about it. Blame those who elected him.

  • Pert Cabatana

    Enrile still doesn’t get it, and will never get it given his petrified legalistic mindset. The issue is not legality. The issue is ethics and morality. For as long as Filipino politicians and lawyers hold on to their legalistic mindset, the Philippines will continue to be in deep trouble.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NGUJUZ2W4W6S5LLF26XV6GOBIM jedel

    nakahanap c meriam ng katapat….

  • Jim De Garman

    do not vote enrile again, the president of the republic has not even give bonuses to malakanyang employees but enrile has the audacity to give bribe to the 18 senators and bonuses to all senate employees. hirap ang mga kababayan na sinalanta ng bagyo pero ang iniisip pa rin ni enrile ay manatili sa puwesto at magbigay ng xmas gift daw sa mga alipores niyang 18. have a pity naman sa naghihirap na Filipinas, sobra kayong swapang na nasa puwesto.

  • ben311

    hangang iyak na lang kayo…mga momoy !

  • 100345roselia

    JPE is right – call it spade a spade.  Whether the cash gifts were lawful or unlawful, let the
    combined effort of the commission of audit & the court decide.  Or whether the cash gift is a
    subtle way of bribing or corrupting the senators’ mind – to continue supporting him as Senate
    President – let their consciousness of the moral right or wrong of one’s acts or motives address
    it.  My thoughts on JPE’s act based on ethics, moral & propriety, the cash gifts could have
    been better given to the recent victims of “Typhoon Pablo” in Davao Oriental & Compostela
    Valley.  Which of the options to take, I will leave it to the conscience of JPE..

  • bryant85

    Ha ha ha ha.  I’m but extravagant from grinning ear to ear as I peruse intently to the choice of words that Enrile hurled at Santiago. Truly, I call it a slam dunk in Santiago’s face. As I had some months ago during the Corona Impeachment said,  Santiago is nothing but a wiseacre–a person with ordinary mind pretending to be intelligent. That’s true she is a mediocre bar passer but Enrile said it better, almost flunked the bar.

    Now Santiago you’ve met your match. A bar topnotcher vs an almost bar flunker. Let’s wait for the next episode.

    • LeoSanMig

      One of the reasons why I don’t use the Google Tagalog-to-English app. lol. maayong gabi sa imo bro.

  • speedstream2

    The good senate president could be painting himself into a corner where it’s a no-win situation. He knows fully well what this whole brouhaha is all about. And he knows it has very little to do with violation of the law.

  • $37644997

    We don’t need a senate president, to lead bunch of educated senators.I beleive that the philippines is the only country to have this kind of  bureaucracy,in control of senate funds and if he doesn’t like you,better funds next time.

  • Hey_Dudes

    Enrile has launched another dictatorship this time in the upper house of congress.  As if that was not enough, like the Pidal gang, he challenges anyone to sue him in court?  Filipinos, don’t you have enough of the Enriles in your midst?  Until when are you going to tolerate this old man who still think he is a teenager?

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    ikorte? sinu loko ang magko korte sayo eh ang batas naman napaglalaruan at sa mahirap lang naman karaniwan ina-apply!

  • palakasantayo

    As I follow this topic, not familiar of how government appropriate/distribute funding, I thought the money JPE handed to the rest of the senators came from his own pocket. It is funding or money coming from the government coffer, right? The ownership of the fund is the public but, the way its coming out in the mouth and mind of the politicians like JPE, and the media, its coming from the personal pocket of the giver. No wonder the public/people mind set is focused directly to the pocket of every politician because they take personal ownership of things they don’t own.

    • http://enria.org/ scconcern

      What do you expect from the god of corruption….He outsmart Marcos, Aquino, Ramos and Panda Pera combined. Enrile still the most powerful and wealthiest individual, even he is a public servant in his whole life. 

  • akongednamzug

    Sir Manong, sa bagal po ng usad ng hustiya sa Pilipinas, If and when a case is filed against you, do you think you would still be around to hear the verdict of the court.

  • Beware chinese eat humans.

    ay naku enrile, this is a show of the senate now and not about serving the country…magtrabaho kayo!

  • raffy

    kapal ng mukha ng enrile na to!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    Bakit yung ibang senators ay walang comment sa gift?
    Anong say mo Jinggoy, Gringo, Bong, Bongbong?

  • http://enria.org/ scconcern

    Most lawyers, as well as plutocrats, will seek their case brought to court, Why? They know they won’t get convicted because the judicial system is elitist, dysfunctional and undemocratic. They (lawyers & plutocrats) fix the case by brokering, lobbying, conspiring among themselves the considerations (in amount). JUSTICE IS PRICELESS has loss it essence (in Pinas only).
    The cases are fix exceptionally based on who is in position, relations and connections in the judicial system. Justiis is for the poor and without connections, justice for the kleptocrats and plutocrats.
    Now is the right time for the people to demand changes thru people participation as judges, not on a bias elitist lawyer. Let’s have true “beyond reasonable doubt” in court thru the unanimous group of pluralistic professional/skilled individuals.
    The 3rd force (MNLF, MILF, CPP/NPA, etc.)justice in any form is justified with current judicial system because the poor, unconnected and under priveledge are left out and has no one/place to go.
    JUSTICE IS THE FOUNDATION OF GOOD GOVERNANCE, not ecomonic, political, religion, ideology as proposed or push to by others. Let us first fix our judicial system, to be people oriented, as we call, democratic.

  • Jason_Voorhees

    Dapat pala baguhin ang batas para hindi mo maloko ang mga tao!

  • Opinyon_ni_Juan

    There should be a legitimate group that should question this practice with the courts.  Enrile is right, he is just exercising a long existing, though immoral and corrupt practice that had never been questioned in the court. He is daring his competitors from the senate whom he believes are just sour-graping because they were discriminated by the unequal amounts given them.  But this is not an issue between Enrile and his senate opponents.  This is an issue of the proper handling of the people’s money.  That is why there should be a legitimate body, an academic body or an impartial NGO, that should raise whether this practice is illegal or not. We should go beyond Enrile and other senators’ bickerings, who are quarreling because of their own porks.     

  • Hfxwst

    Good lawyers are humbled by the law – when you abuse it you become arrogant of it.  

    The Senate President lacks the wisdom and respect required for him to hold his position in Government   He should be replaced immediately Clearly Enrile is no longer a worthwhile choice for Senate President – his actions are inappropriate and threatening and he has become irrelevant to the modern and honest democracy

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4XVVCOAZXYTPN2X3IPFCFDSKFM Melvin

    Okey talaga sa olrayt ang pinakamatandang senador. Matalas pa rin ang kanyang utak kaya nagawa niyang gisahin sa sariling mantika ang kapwa niya senador. Sa pamamagitan ng pondo mismo ng senado ay nagawa niyang pasayahahin ang kursunada niyang mga senador at alaskahin naman yung apat na senador in general at senator Miriam in particular. Magaling talagang dumiskarte ang may akda ng Martial Law… Pero, sana kung ito nga ay savings ng senado siguro mas marapat ay itinulong na lang sa mga kababayan nating biktima ng bagyo… Kaso itong si Manong Jhonny kahit hindi siya magsasaka ay may ugaling matanimin…

  • $14170612

    palibhasa tumatanda na tong buwaya na to ulyanin na di na alam ang pinag gagawa

  • lazy_dawg

    It’s election time, why do you think JPE did this? paving the way for his son _ unfortunately this incident backfired as 4 “senatongs” received less than the majority , thus the outcry, had JPE given everyone equal share, then this would not have been an issue at all .  Legally, JPE did not break no law as this is within the confines of the rule they passed (take note)  I do question their discretion, fundamentally_ should have been given to the needy,  rehabilitate the much needed damaged infrastructures in the recently affected areas in Mindanao_  oh well, life goes on in the Philippines….   tsk tsk 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_G7X5DO3WNUK4ORHZCFW4IAYS24 Lloyd

    Un naman binigay na 1.6 million ay subject for liquidation na dapat gamitin ng mga nabigyan na senador sa pagtulong sa kapwa. Tulad ng mga na apektuhan sa bagyong Pablo at iba. Kung nabigyan lang sana itong c Senador Santiago e di sana di xa umalma ganon lang un.

  • Jason_Voorhees

    Corruption on a legal way? :) tapos ginamit daw sa pagtulong ng ibang senador! Style nyo bulok! Kawawa naman ang mga mamamayan na pinagmumukhang tanga!

  • stealth ice

    no need for court. anyway you’re already on your twilight. sa bagal ng hustisya natin baka di ka na aabot sa sintensya mo. you’re already judged by people.

  • doublecross

    npa after you….!

  • Your_King

    Enrile did not break any law. All he did was show the country how rich the people in government are compared to the poor masses they are supposed to be serving.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GYYFBINDMTZHM6TDHPB667452M agustin

     this is a crime of bribery, it’s purpose is to have him retain the senate presidency. he can be sued for this and he use the people’s money. what a shame.



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