Senate brawl worsens; Enrile accused of piracy


Furiously fending off accusations of doling out public funds to Senate colleagues as if the money were his to give as “Christmas gifts,” Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile now also stands accused of pirating intellectual property.

The latest charge has nothing to do with his best-selling autobiography. Critics instead claim that he pirated another well-known figure’s tactic while defending himself against Senate leader Alan Peter Cayetano’s charges of favoritism and vindictiveness.

The charge of piracy came after Enrile from out of the blue said Cayetano’s late father, who was his former law firm partner, still owed him P37 million, which he had to put up so that the elder Cayetano could feed his family.

Critics accused Enrile of improperly appropriating the patently low blow that former Supreme Court Justice Renato Corona used during his impeachment trial, when he cast aspersions on his deceased father-in-law’s character for no apparent reason material to his defense.

“I beg your pardon!” Enrile bristled. “My irrelevant below the belt retort is my own original idea. Do I have to copyright that?” Enrile then complained that Cayetano made his blood pressure shoot up.

One of Enrile’s supporters, Sen. Tito Sotto, quickly came to his defense. “I beg your pardon!” Sotto bristled, too. “The Senate president’s irrelevant below the belt retort is his own original idea. Does he have to copyright it?”

Whereupon Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago, who had fallen ill after tangling with Enrile over the same “Christmas gift” issue, unexpectedly staggered into the Senate chamber and woozily accused him of pirating her high blood pressure. “That act is mine! Do I have to copyright it?”

Whereupon Enrile accused Santiago of lack of originality herself when she returned the $250,000 Christmas gift check he had given her. “It was I who first returned your Christmas gift of biscuits because of your advocacy for the RH bill—gaya-gaya ka lang, hija,” Enrile exploded.

“Touche,” Santiago conceded, “but talk about lack of originality—you faked your own ambush to give an excuse for martial law, then just the other day you faked vacating the Senate presidency so you could get a vote of confidence from our peers. My dear senator of a certain age, you are just repeating yourself!” she yelled before being taken away on a stretcher.

Cayetano, in his privilege speech, had also accused Enrile of giving his chief of staff Jessica Gigi Reyes so much power that she acts as if she’s a senator herself. The accusation revived old rumors that Reyes was Enrile’s mistress.

Livid, Enrile, vehemently denied having a mistress. “And I am not pirating this line of defense from any of my male senate peers, because an elected official’s denial of having a mistress or mistresses is already in the public domain,” he magisterially argued.

In a touching show of solidarity, Enrile’s supporters stood up and to a man gave him a vote of confidence on the issue.

But they all began slouching down in silence when Enrile repeated the statement he gave in a TV interview with Winnie Monsod–that he was too old “from the waist down” to have a mistress and was willing to be tested for erectile dysfunction to prove it.

Murmuring to one another, Enrile’s supporters backed off, hinting that they would not be able to join him on this one.

Finally, Enrile vowed not to deal with assaults on his person anymore: “Let it stay on the record and let the Divine Spirit determine whose truth is correct, where lies the truth.”

As usual, the Divine Spirit refused to comment.

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  • Guest

    When Loyalty is based on a strongman and when that strongman falls, so will Loyalty fall altogether. The final closing days of Mr.Marcos rule was imminent, Mr.Enrile threw his boots and sought redemption from the people, unlike Mr.Fabian. Looks like twenty-six years thereafter, the ghosts of Mr.Marcos and Mr.Fabian had become the unseen bedfellows in Malacanang, this time prodding him to take his ‘rest’.

  • 33Sam

    The roots of manipulation run deeper than can be seen at first blush. That Enrile was seen as throwing his
    boots to seek redemption from the people during the Marcos regime topple, may be an aside that must have
    a different purpose. Take into consideration the ‘assasination” of Aquino, some years before the coup on
    Marcos. Was this not a step leading up to the coup? To polarize the nation against Marcos? And if factored
    in that the Philippines has never been a true sovereign nation as evidenced by the Philippine flag and the
    Philippine Presidential Seal all boasting the “top-down” span of control symbol of the pyramid, one must
    come to the conclusion that anything that happens in Philippine government is orchestrated by others
    behind the scene who are not even Filipino. As what happens with other nation leaders, by these same
    global controllers, when one’s usefulness to them is up, one is crucified either literally or in the press. As
    was done to Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was a political icon, married into the Kennedy family, Governor of
    California,  these controllers needed to cripple Schwarzenegger in the eye of the public with exposing his
    mistress, a katulong pa, in order for them to make good their plans of total control. To think only in terms of
    “sariling atin” is a misguided sentiment as truth be told, the Philippines as a nation makes few decisions that
    controls its destiny, as that destiny is always controlled by outside forces. Take into consideration, Enrile’s
    coup partner Fidel Ramos. After Ramos was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1995, The Knight Grand Cross,
    Ramos in 1997, signs an Executive Order for PA21, under the insistance of the United Nations that the
    Philippines be signed on to Agenda 21. The Agenda 21 plan of Sustainable Development as claimed in the
    literature written into this Executive Order PA21, a carbon copy of the Agenda 21 plan of the UN, is a
    misnomer. The ultimate plan of Agenda 21 is for a handful of the richest families on the planet to take over
    and own all lands on the planet, but the literature on this Agenda 21 is written in such a way that it paints a
    flowery, Utopian organization of all land, resources, living creatures, to “promote” a green sentiment to
    “caring for the Earth” and its inhabitants with equality and prosperity for all. According to the book by Rosa
    Koire, an American forensic commercial real estate appraiser specializing in eminent domain valuation with
    a twenty-eight year stint as an expert witness on land use, Koire, through her book and her blogs, reveals
    that the true thrust of Agenda 21 is to move everyone off outlying areas, into mega cities, to where people
    can be controlled, taxed and eventually exterminated in a mass genocide plan set to happen in the 21st
    Century, hence the name of the UN Plan, Agenda 21. Koire’s book Behind The Green Mask gives an
    explanation of the real plan of Agenda 21. The Nazi Regime in the 1940’s was just a trial run for Agenda 21
    with Hitler being supported and bankrolled by the same group of people who “Knighted” Ramos in 1995, the
    British Empire, as well as the Rockefeller Foundation who also not surprisingly authored Agenda 21. So can
    you pit Enrile’s alleged “gift” giving and mistress allegations against another player on the chess board, who
    sold the Philippines and its own people down the river into a very serious and uncertain future? Going after
    Enrile is just a distraction so that Agenda 21 can operate through lower levels of Philippine government in
    the form of increased taxation, VAT fees to bankrupt the nation and make it impossible for anyone without a
    trillion dollars or vaults full of gold bars, to own and manage property. But beyond this is the coming danger
    of mass death that lies at the end of this “green” rainbow. In a mega city it would be so easy to use a bio
    weapon as this is the plan, build dense compact cement cities to imprison the unsuspecting who think they
    are part of a trendy urban renewal, upward mobile skyscrapper society. These controllers control leaders
    and military of many nations, including those of the United States. They will sacrifice anyone, for their
    purposes. And their purpose is NOT to include 90% of the world’s human population. This IS Agenda 21.
    Thanks Fidel!!!  The movie Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters just came out last January 2013? What do you
    think the story means in the scheme of things? Hasn’t the old tale always been about a witch who builds a
    gingerbread house to entice naive children into going into the house, only to be killed and eaten? Hollywood
    is just another tool for these controllers. They broadcast their intentions constantly and not just movies, but
    TV shows as innocent as American Idol, through news agencies like CNN, NBC, CBS, FOX even ABS-CBN. Same for the music industry. Beyonce flashing the pyramid symbol during the 2013 Superbowl halftime show after which the power went out for 33 minutes? Jay Z, Beyonce’s husband whose record company label was in 1996, called “Roc-a-fella Records” is also part of this. These are all interconnected.
    Learn to read the signs and above all WAKE UP!!! The more your Philippine news agencies cower and report
    distorted info, the more you are being bamboozled into thinking you have freedom and are in control of your
    own lives.

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