Shooting was no stunt, Jack Enrile says



MANAY, Davao Oriental, Philippines—Senatorial candidate Jack Enrile on Wednesday asked critics who have raised doubts about the shooting of a police car in his convoy or have branded it as a campaign gimmick to look at the police report and ascertain the facts for themselves.

Enrile, who is running under the United Nationalist Alliance, also said that if a candidate wanted to stage a stunt, he would have had his own vehicle shot at.

“For our conspiracy theorists, what will a Jack Enrile attain if a police car would be shot at? If a candidate will do something doubtful, I think he would have had his vehicle hit,” Enrile told reporters on the sidelines of a campaign rally in Manay town.

According to him, having people questioning the incident was to be expected.

“Doubt is part of human nature; we expect that. We have an informed electorate. Some members of our society can be quite jaded,” he said. But he said these doubters could check the facts for themselves.

“My advice to them is to study the facts, call the PNP, call the Compostela Valley provincial police to know what happened and base your opinions and your points of view on the facts,” he said.

A police car trailing Enrile’s convoy was fired upon in Mawab, Compostela Valley, on Tuesday afternoon while on its way to Tagum, Davao del Norte. Nobody was hurt in the incident.

Enrile has said that he did not think he was the target of the shooting, and that it was probably the police vehicle that was the target.

He has also said that it had no similarities at all to the ambush of his father, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile. The elder Enrile’s 1972 ambush was one of the incidents cited by Ferdinand Marcos when he declared martial law in 1972.

The Senate president said in his latest book that his 1972 ambush was real, but his critics noted that he admitted it was fake when he sought public support in the days leading to the People Power Revolution that ended Marcos’ rule.

Some of the users of the social network Twitter appeared to recall the 1972 ambush issue in doubting the shooting incident involving the younger Enrile.

On Wednesday the senatorial candidate said that since the shooters were not aiming for him, and he has not received any threats to his well-being, he did not feel the need to take additional security precautions.

He continued with his Mindanao campaign on Wednesday, joining fellow UNA candidates in Manay and Mati towns in Davao Oriental. A gun-enthusiast, he said he was not carrying any firearm on the stump on Wednesday.

But he said his father had told him to be careful after learning of the incident in Mawab.

Other UNA candidates in the campaign also did not see the need for any additional security after Enrile’s experience.

Nancy Binay said she had just her usual police escort, and added that UNA has always been careful about the safety of its candidates.

“We’re always on alert when it comes to the safety of its candidates,” she said.

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  • Horst Manure

    Another Senrile wanting to get elected.

  • mangtom

    Jackass has zero credibility. Period.

  • Constantine

    Mana mana lang talaga ang buhay anu? Akala mo kakagatin pa ng Pinoy ang mga peke ninyong ambush parehas sa Tatay mo before martial law was declared. Maniniwala pa kami na ambush ka kung ikaw ay namatay sa ambush! Totoo na yun, ok?

  • Constantine

    Nek nek mo. Wala namang naniniwala na inambush kayo e. Gawa gawa lang yan, he he he! Parehas lang kayo ng tatay mo STAGE AMBUSH lang yan! Pekeng ambush!

  • MNLFoodcritic


  • disqus_EWrSdjV1nv

    ginagaya assasination attempt sa tatay niya. lumang tugtugin.

    itapon nyo na lahi nyan.

  • Jhonny

    You can’t fool the Pinoys, Jackass! Your production team are lousy scriptwriters, you, Jack boy, is a bad actor and your father is the worst director of all time!

  • Pulokoy

    NO deal !!!

  • pubringjuandelacruz

    only an idiot would believe your lousy alibi!

  • tilamsik

    like father like son

  • WeAry_Bat

    It is impossible for an Enrile to be assassinated. Billions would be spent to kill the perpetrators and mastermind.

    Next story please…

    • marienkind

      I was expecting you to say that immortals cant be killed or something but what the heck

  • Dawn Dare

    Poor Junior. It was just your father trying to get rid of you after all these years you’ve been stealing from his purse.

  • Cubano

    Huwag iboto ang mga kasama ng mga political dynasties.

  • farmerpo

    Practice shotslang nung mga assassins na naghahanap kay Sultan Kiram. Safe na safe.

  • A-Rod

    Nice try Jackass!!!

  • nasneb

    like father like son ha ha ha ha ha

  • JosengSisiw1

    So now we know Enrile is using the police as escort on his campaign. Is this legal?

  • Pulis Na Pogi

    like father, like son!

  • eesthuryahee

    The son is telling the same lie as his father did before

  • gikiness

    MangunUNA na sya sa susunod na survey, alam naman nating ang mga botante ngayon madaling mabrainwash

  • Lucky Luciano

    Pag hindi ka nadidinig, gawa ka ng ingay.

  • iriga1_city1_boy1

    This is now the offshoot of what the Enriles had done to their credibilities.Look and read about these countless posts.These people don’t believe the credibility of his candidate son.Wow!!Read the other backlashes on other articles in other newspapers about this incident. I don’t think the Inquirer paid these people to post against the young Enrile.I bet you these people still remember the wily Enrile on the Martial Law episode and that Cagayan admission on adding votes for Marcos.That’s just some of those unbelievable incidents in our land.And people are not sold on the explanation.

    Yes,”doubt is a part of human nature”,as he(Jack) quipped.But if you put Robredo and Ramon Magsaysay side by side with mang Johnny and Jack,who would you think the people will doubt? Do you think Robredo and Ramon will generate these countess negative comments than the Enriles’s? You guys be the judge.

  • Brax82

    Haha balak din gumawa ng Fiction Book nito… Grabe mga politiko ngaun, mapa LP or UNA ang bobo ng tingin nila sa tao… Dami parin kasi g Uto-uto eh.

  • kevin

    To the one who try,,why did you miss your target…

  • edm365f31

    Watch out Martial Law might again be declared!!

  • go88

    No doubt it was a stunt to get attention … but it could be worth hitting the convoy for serious criminals …. imagine how much money jack the goon transports with him in order to buy votes

  • huseng_batute

    Syempre hindi mo aaminin na palabas lang.

  • PinoyPinoyako

    Har Har Har, Laugh, Laugh, Laugh, Nakakatawa ka Mr Enrile junior…Hindi ka pinapansin ng Filipino people kaya nag-dadrama ka (gimmick ba)…Now we know me inside information ka kung paano ginawa ni Enrile Sr yong pekeng ambush before kaya kopyang kopya mo…alam na alam mo kung paano hindi ka tatamaan ng bala (asar na asar ako sayo dahil pinasakit mo ang aking tiyan sa katatawa)

    Mga Kababayan dapat ba natin ihalal ang JOKER na ito?

  • Manuel_II

    Siguro kung natamaan ka ng bala at na declare na 50/50 ka, baka may naniwala saiyo, lol.

  • DarkSideOfTheMoon2

    baka kamaganak ni ALFIE ANIDO yung bumaril….

  • Jaime O. de Vera

    Jack, it is your word vs your track record. As you know “The apple does fall too far the tree.”

  • malek_abdul

    Mabenta pa rin ang gimmick nitong si Jack. Nagkakaroon siya ng media mileage. Napag-uusapan tuloy siya. Hehe. Whether its a bad gimmick or not doesn’t matter…what matters more to him is the additional publicity.

  • Weder-Weder Lang

    Stunt or not, this is still publicity for Jack Enrile. If it were not a stunt, sana natuluyan na siya. Jack Enrile is a serial rapist and a serial murderer that reminds us how our laws have failed us.

    • Manuel_II

      This came from Inquirer interview some time ago.

      “The Alfie Anido suicide was attributed to me, the Liezl (daughter of
      Amalia Fuentes) and Pops Fernandez (supposed abduction and rape cases)
      were attributed to me,” he said.”

      Alfie is dead, lets hope Liezl and Pops speak out if there is any grain of truth behind this allegation.

  • mad_as_Hamlet

    I’m sure everyone will believe him if he withdraws his candidacy.
    Anyway he’s not going to win.

  • monses

    sa dmi ng bodyguard at escort mo cno ang magtatangka ng ambush….at alam nman ng lahat na may ari din kau ng pinakamalaking security agency sa pinas.

  • regd

    Sa tingin ko nagsasabi siya ng totoo, sa isip nya.

  • Raymundo Escueta

    Hard to believe a lone shot would be branded as ambush. He he. Sobrang tapang siguro ng nag paputok. Hinde na sindak despite the long convoy of vehicles following enrile. wow

  • salomeahmad

    If it wasn’t Marantan, then its a cheap stunt for media mileage.

  • JaePablo

    Hahahaha, Natawa naman ako sa headline! SUPER DEFENSIVE!


  • Ron Castanaga

    It’s all staged to gain media mileage and sympathy from the electorates. How com he’s running for public office when he has pending case of murder.

  • noyab

    like father, like son, sana tinamaan ka ng mauna ka pa sa tatay mo..anyway malapit na rin sya…..buong buhay niya naman enjoy sya kay Gigi Reyes….

  • dodong1

    Naniniwala ako sa yo!! Naniniwala ako sa yong NAGSISINUNGALING KA!!!

  • Hey_Dudes

    Yes, I believe you Jack. It was no stunt it was just a matter of someone being such a bad shot that’s all!

  • Pinoytoo

    If it wasn’t a stunt how come you are still alive? If you want voter’s sympathy try crying on stage. he he he.

  • regoberto

    Gusto ko, kumakain ka ng etats, wala kang maaasahang boto sa akin ugok

  • regoberto


  • imongredneck

    So now, the election should be suspended, oust Pnoy, declare Martial law, and since Binay is out of the country, the old Enrile will take over fast, being the third in succession.
    The Binays will have to find a country for asylum since they will be arrested if they go home, for having pending graft cases.

  • regoberto

    kahit tamaan ka pa ng bala sa sentido, di pa rin kita iboboto

  • pabloo6293

    “if a candidate wanted to stage a stunt, he would have had his own vehicle shot at.”
    That’s exactly what his father did, kaya ang gimmick ni Jr. ay poor copy of the original/

  • regoberto

    talo si Lito Lapid sa pagka-stuntman ng taong ito.

  • ajca82

    Not a stunt eh? But something similar happened to a very popular person about 3-4 decades ago… wait, that was your father!

  • regoberto


  • $14334231

    bakit, galit ka sa isa sa mga police escort mo kaya mo pina tira???….ugali mo na ‘to noon pa….ngayon libre balita ka….pangalawa na itong news story sa ‘yo…meron pa bang susunod?…si [“SALIVA” RRIA”] pa rin ba ang susulat?…magkano ba talaga ang binayad mo sa babaeng ito?….at ano pa ba ang kasama sa binayad mo?…..may hipo ba?….o masahol pa?….tanong lang

  • iriga1_city1_boy1

    The young Enrile asked,”What will a Jack Enrile attain if a police car would be shot at?”Before it can be answered, a question can be foisted first.
    What can a Juan Ponce Enrile attain if an ambush,whether staged or not,riddled his car in the 70’s? Answer:Declaration of Martial Law (him being the architect).
    So the probable answers to the first query(from Jack) are:
    1)sympathy vote(since he appears agitated and nervous on the video).Using the word ‘kind of scary” complements that.You know how the emotional Filipinos are.Maawain.
    2)Davao is a vote rich province.Painting that place as unsafe to campaign might desist other candidates to go there(since nobody knows who did it),while the young man already crisscrossed the province.Unless you are Ninoy(being brave) who was warned by the old man not to come back to the Philippines.
    Corraling the Davao vote is already a plus in the race to the “magic 12″.

  • Mr Moonlight

    It is now “the boy who cried wolf”
    too many lies
    the public overwhelmingly not buying it anymore
    The father was the caretaker of martial law
    the son became “untouchable” litterally
    the son got away with too many murders
    the son, her sister got their wishes too many times
    too many innocent lives have been lost
    what are you going to do now people?

  • JuanTamadachi

    Yeah right.. and the moon is made of cheese..

  • Gloria Wheelchairroyo

    Like Father like Son.
    Siguradong peke ito kagaya nung sa ama nya para ma-declare ang Martial Law.
    Di ka pa rin mananalo dahil lamang sa pekeng ambush mo.

  • Jocken Dano

    Well, blame that to your father, people just simply do not want history to repeat itself. . .

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