[PHOTO -CALLING IT QUITS Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile’s chief of staff, lawyer Gigi Reyes (inset), tenders her resignation after the controversy romantically linking her to the Senate President. But Enrile says he will urge her to stay. RICHARD REYES]

MANILA, FEBRUARY 1, 2013 (INQUIRER) By Maila Ager - Senate President Juan Ponce-Enrile rejected on Thursday the idea of resigning irrevocably from his post lest he be accused of being guilty of any wrongdoing.

It was Enrile’s resigned chief of staff, Attorney Jessica “Gigi” Reyes, who claimed last week that the Senate leader was contemplating to resign irrevocably even after his motion to declare his post vacant was defeated when 11 senators voted against it.

“Why should I resign irrevocably? I have not done anything wrong,” Enrile said in a press briefing.

“You know, I thought about this thing. I studied the matter very carefully. If I resign, I will be running away from responsibilites and then the impression of the people might be; ‘Oh Enrile resigns because he’s guilty.’ I’m not guilty of anything.”

Enrile reiterated his challenge to anyone file a case against him if he has indeed committed any wrongdoing.

“They can file the case anywhere and I’ll face them directly,” he said.

“But I don’t want to argue the problem in an uncontrolled situation where everybody talks. There are no rules except the ability to master words and the flexibilty of your tongue,” Enrile added.

Enrile’s recent exchange of words with Senate Minority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano had turned personal.


Enrile's wife stands by her man By Christina Mendez, PHILIPPINE DAILY STAR

MANILA, Philippines - Behind this successful man is a woman who says she has tolerated his dalliances, and survived.

Cristina Ponce Enrile
, former ambassador to the Holy See and wife of Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, is standing by her man amid rumors of his affair with his resigned chief of staff.

“We’ve been married for almost 55 years,” Mrs. Enrile told The STAR the other night. “In the beginning, it was hard to tolerate it, but then I said, I leave it all in the hands of the Lord. And so I survived. I am happy. No regrets.”

Last week the Senate President publicly denied that he was having an affair with Jessica “Gigi” Gonzales Reyes, a married mother of two who quit as his chief of staff after being criticized for throwing her weight around in the Senate.

Enrile, accompanied by his wife, received the Lifetime Achievement award from People Asia magazine the other night at the Dusit Thani hotel in Makati.

“My life has been a roller coaster. Sometimes it’s up; sometimes it goes down,” Enrile said, adding he did not expect to receive the award.

Seated beside his wife, Enrile initially tried to stop her from talking with journalists, but she shushed him.

“You know, all men are the same. It is up to the wife to be tolerant and accept things. I am one of those wives,” Mrs. Enrile told The STAR. “Probably not all women can take what I have taken, but I always pray to God and I always ask God for help.”

She said God always gave her the “proper outlook to think, to accept things, and to live with them.”

Enrile had said he had been linked romantically to several of his staff, but with his 89th birthday approaching, he insisted he was too old for romance.

Rumors that he was having an affair with Reyes surfaced about 15 years ago, and intensified when Senate Minority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano accused her of running the chamber together with Enrile.

Without mentioning Reyes’ name, Mrs. Enrile said she turned to God in dealing with the controversy.

The Enriles have two children: Jack, currently a congressman representing Cagayan who is seeking a Senate seat in May, and Katrina who is in the food business.

Asked if she was standing by her man, Mrs. Enrile replied quickly, “Of course. Yes.”


Senate yields to Audit By Macon Ramos-Araneta | Posted on Jan. 31, 2013 at 12:01am | 544 views

The Senate on Wednesday said it acceded to the request of the Commission on Audit to submit documents on the expenses incurred by the senators.

After last Monday’s caucus, the senators agreed to turn over to COA all official receipts, vouchers and similar documents instead of mere certification on the liquidation of Senate funds spent last year.

COA made the request following the controversy triggered by the release of funds under MOOE to most of the senators. The release of MOOE funds for unrelated purpose was illegal, an anti-graft group said, thus sparking the controversy.

Senator Panfilo Lacson said covered by the agreement are documents pertaining to the expenses of the Senate, individual senators and the secretariat.

He said he could not specify the documents because they were given to him inside an envelope. He handed the envelope to COA chairman Ma. Gracia Pulido Tan during the meeting with her together with Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte and Rep. Bem Noel, the House accounts committee chairman.

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