SEN. MIRIAM Defensor-Santiago and Sen. Franklin Drilon were classmates at UP Law, class 1969. Miriam graduated cum laude and topped the class on the Diliman campus. Frank was a bar topnotcher. Both Miriam and Frank invited Enrile to be a sponsor during their respective weddings. One of Miriam’s other sponsors was Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr., father of President Noynoy Aquino. When President Cory Aquino appointed Miriam as immigration commissioner and Frank as labor secretary, Enrile out of jealousy, branded them “disloyal” to him. Miriam won the Magsaysay Award for Government Service. Miriam and Frank served in the Cory cabinet.
UGLY WORD WAR: ENRILE VS SANTIAGO - WHY SANTIAGO HATED JPE AND DRILON (STARTED LAST YEAR)
December 16, 2012: According to Senator Miriam Santiago:
ALSO: Santiago accuses Enrile of committing 7 sins
December 4th, 2013: In a privilege speech, Santiago accused Enrile of committing seven sins, including his supposed role in the deaths and disappearances of political dissenters during martial law decades ago and a propensity to chase women. She asked Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to investigate the charges. “Guided by faith in a just God and in the rule of law, dozens of whistle-blowers have testified in writing and provided supporting documents to prove that the very heart of darkness is the leadership of the Senate itself,” she said while staring and repeatedly stabbing a finger at Enrile, who was seated just a few feet away.
ALSO:Enrile: Miriam cuckoo, inane, obsessive hater
NOVEMBER 27th, 2013: In an interpellation by his ally Senator Jinggoy Estrada after his speech, Enrile said there is a reason Santiago si so mad at him. “Palagay ko pa naiinggit dahil mataas ang grado ko sa bar examination. Alam mo ako’y, ang nakuha kong grado almost 91% pero di ako naging topnotcher.” (I think she is just jealous because I got a high grade in the bar exam. I got a grade of almost 91% but I was not a bar topnotcher.) Enrile and Estrada went as far as asking Senate President Franklin Drilon's score to compare it with Santiago's grade of 76%. Drilon said he ranked third in his bar exams. Enrile said that during the confirmation hearing, he asked Santiago “if she was ever under the care of a psychiatrist.” “She admitted that she was. She said that she was treated by a psychiatrist at the Makati Medical Center,” Enrile said.
WHY ENRILE HATES SANTIAGO AND DRILON, ACCORDING TO SANTIAGO -Daily Inquirer, Posted December 16, 2012
MIRIAM SANTIAGO AND JPE
MANILA, DECEMBER 9, 2013(INQUIRER) POSTED DECEMBER 16, 2012 - According to Senator Miriam Santiago:
1. SEN. MIRIAM Defensor-Santiago and Sen. Franklin Drilon photo at right were classmates at UP Law, class 1969. Miriam graduated cum laude and topped the class on the Diliman campus. Frank was a bar topnotcher.
2. Both Miriam and Frank invited Enrile to be a sponsor during their respective weddings. One of Miriam’s other sponsors was Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr., father of President Noynoy Aquino.
3. When President Cory Aquino appointed Miriam as immigration commissioner and Frank as labor secretary, Enrile out of jealousy, branded them “disloyal” to him. Miriam won the Magsaysay Award for Government Service. Miriam and Frank served in the Cory cabinet.
4. When Cory’s term neared its end, Enrile sent one of their classmates, Alfonso Reyno Jr., at the time his political associate, to convince Miriam to run as vice president, with Enrile as presidential candidate. Miriam declined. Later, Boy Reyno quit as Enrile’s ally.
5. In the May 2010 elections, Miriam ran as official candidate of her own People’s Reform Party. But she was guest candidate of Villlar’s NP, Estrada’s PMP, Angara’s Kampi, and Cojuangco’s NPC. Enrile was a PMP candidate and he told journalists that he resented it when Miriam came late to the PMP rallies, and allegedly “showed off” by getting ovations from the crowd.
6. After the impeachment trial, a survey showed that of all the senator-judges, the public voted Miriam No. 1, with a score of some 68 percent. Enrile was a far second, with a score of some 18 percent.
7. During the ‘sin tax’ debate, Enrile introduced an amendment to require that there should be a 15 percent local content requirement for all cigarettes. But Miriam pointed out that this requirement would violate international trade law. She cited the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) of 1994. The Department of Trade and Industry supported Miriam’s position. She won the point in the bicameral report sponsored by Drilon.
8. During the RH debate, Enrile said the International Conference on Population and Development was not part of international law. Miriam corrected him and said that under contemporary international law, the Final Act of an international conference is in effect considered a treaty binding on the signatories, including the Philippines. Enrile resented Miriam’s remark. He became sarcastic and called himself “knucklehead,” and with a sneer, called Miriam “brilliant.”
FROM THE PHILSTAR - DECEMBER 4, 2013
Enrile playing 'Bejeweled' on tablet during Miriam's speech By Louis Bacani (philstar.com) | Updated December 4, 2013 - 6:21pm
A video capture of Senator Juan Ponce Enrile playing "Bejeweled" during the privilege speech of Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago. Cris Cayanan.
MANILA, Philippines - Senate Minority leader Juan Ponce Enrile tried to ignore Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago during her privilege speech on Wednesday.
The senator was seen playing the popular game "Bejeweled" on his tablet computer inside the Senate session hall.
Watch: JPE busy playing 'Bejeweled'
In her speech, which was a response to Enrile's, Santiago fired back a list of accusations against her rival, whom she called a "womanizer" and the kings of smuggling, gambling and illegal logging.
She reiterated that Enrile is the brains of the alleged P10-billion pork barrel scam.
Santiago added that Enrile never reached levels of professional recognition that she attained.
"Instead, he spends his time with his tablet while the Senate is in session. Please feel free to compare my résumé to his, since my biography appears in Wikipedia," Santiago said.
After Santiago's speech, Enrile took the floor and decried Santiago's "personal assaults."
"She presented herself as my best evidence to prove the points that I said in my previous privilege speech," Enrile said.
In his speech last week, Enrile lashed out against Santiago, whom she called an "obsessive hater."
DECEMBER 5, 2013
Santiago accuses Enrile of committing 7 sins By Norman Bordadora Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:55 am | Thursday, December 5th, 2013
PAYBACK TIME: Using the words of a “Hunger Games” character, Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago called Enrile “sick, sick, sick,” among other things, and reiterated her claim that he was the mastermind of the P10-billion pork barrel scam. RAFFY LERMA
The exchange of harsh words and charges between Senators Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Juan Ponce Enrile resumed on the Senate floor on Wednesday, with the woman legislator questioning the integrity and morality of the minority leader.
In a privilege speech, Santiago accused Enrile of committing seven sins, including his supposed role in the deaths and disappearances of political dissenters during martial law decades ago and a propensity to chase women. She asked Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to investigate the charges.
“Guided by faith in a just God and in the rule of law, dozens of whistle-blowers have testified in writing and provided supporting documents to prove that the very heart of darkness is the leadership of the Senate itself,” she said while staring and repeatedly stabbing a finger at Enrile, who was seated just a few feet away.
Santiago charged Enrile with command responsibility for human rights violations committed during martial law, masterminding the P10-billion pork barrel scam, maintaining a smuggling hub in Port Irene in Cagayan province, operating a gambling empire, owning an illegal logging concession, “hypersexualized” womanizing and underdeclaring his net worth at just P118 million.
She also accused the former Senate President of giving safe haven to then Sen. Panfilo Lacson in his home province in Cagayan when the latter was evading a warrant for his arrest amid reports that he slipped out of the country during the Arroyo administration.
Pork barrel scam
Enrile delivered a privilege speech last week to deny repeated allegations that he was the “brains” behind the pork barrel scam, that he wanted implicated businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles dead and that he financed Moro National Liberation Front rebels in their attempt to lay siege on Zamboanga City in September.
He went on to cast doubts on Santiago’s competence by disclosing her low marks in the bar examinations, on her integrity by having the Senate rent her satellite office at her office building and on her mental health by recalling the time when she admitted to consulting a psychiatrist once.
Enrile, Sen. Jinggoy Estrada and Sen. Ramon Revilla Jr., members of their staff and several other lawmakers and government officials are facing plunder charges in the Ombudsman in connection with the pork barrel scam allegedly hatched by Napoles.
“Instead of presenting evidence to the public of his hypocritical protestations of innocence, Enrile once again chose to steer public attention to what he hopes will be a diversion: The lies and black propaganda hurled against me during the 1992 presidential campaign,” Santiago said.
“This man, contrary to logic and common sense, hopes to evade criminal prosecution and public outrage over his plunder, by resurrecting campaign dirt against me which are over 21 years old! Dream on, old man, aka Tanda!” she added, looking at the 89-year-old senator that she also called Mr. Dementia.
In a manifestation after the speech, Enrile said Santiago “only confirmed everything that I said in my privilege speech regarding her mental health, her propensity to make unfounded, baseless accusations, regarding her use of ad hominems, personal attacks, personal assaults against innocent people without any proof or iota of evidence to back her up.”
“And sad to say, she presented herself as my best evidence to prove the points that I said in my previous privilege speech,” he added.
Santiago had one of the podiums placed in front and center of the session hall so that she could face Enrile and her colleagues instead of Senate President Franklin Drilon as she spoke.
At times, Enrile would smile and nod as Santiago delivered her scathing remarks. He was also tinkering with his tablet, something that Santiago had previously criticized as Enrile’s lack of focus on the workings of the chamber he used to lead.
“Notably, the Ombudsman has admitted receiving a memorandum of over 200 pages pinpointing Enrile as the mastermind of plunder. That official memorandum validates the charge I aired in the latest hearing of the blue ribbon committee, where I first made that very same accusation, based on the lawyer’s thought process of enlightened skepticism,” Santiago said.
“If he smarted against the accusation, Enrile could have requested for an additional hearing where he could be personally present and interpellate Janet Napoles, who appears to be his BFF, or best friend forever. But he chooses to stay away and keep silent, because he is immobilized by fear and humiliation,” she added.
Some 200 students from 16 schools, including the University of the Philippines College of Law and San Beda College, went to the Senate to watch and listen to Santiago. The senator’s husband, former Interior Undersecretary Narciso Santiago Jr., and a cousin, former Quezon City Rep. Matias Defensor, were also in the gallery.
On a medical leave for chronic fatigue, Santiago didn’t allow Enrile or any of her colleagues to interpellate her after her speech. She, however, briefly addressed the students in one of the Senate’s hearing rooms and had pictures taken with them before leaving the premises.
Enrile said he thought Santiago was going to answer his allegations against her “point by point.”
“But truly she did not because everything I said is covered by documents that I have here especially what I said about her confirmation hearing and regarding her previous consultation with a neuropsychiatrist and this was when I interrogated her intensely when she submitted herself for investigation during her confirmation hearing in 1989,” he said.
“She was present in those meetings and it was shown that indeed something was wrong,” he added.
Santiago, nonetheless, challenged Enrile, a fellow alumnus of the UP law school, to a debate.
“As I did in the past, I challenge Enrile to a public televised debate on the plunder charge against him, including his illegal and immoral use of the Senate President’s discretionary fund to distribute nearly P2 million as Christmas bonus last year to each senator, except for four senators, whom he considers his political enemies, led by me,” she said.
“It should be held at the UP Malcolm Theater and only students with valid IDs should be allowed to prevent Enrile from renting a partisan crowd,” she added.
The session was suspended for several minutes after Santiago’s speech. When it resumed, Enrile rose to make the manifestation.
REPLAY: Livestream: Sen. Miriam Santiago's privilege speech Date posted: Dec 4, 2013 3:00pm
PRIVILEGE SPEECH OF SEN. MIRIAM DEFENSOR SANTIAGO
MINORITY SENATE LEADER JUAN PONCE ENRILE'S PRIVELEGE SPEECH AT THE SENATE OF THE PHILIPPINES 16th CONGRESS: CLICK HERE TO READ FUKLL TRANSCRIPT: <http://www.senate.gov.ph/press_release/2013/1127_enrile1.asp>
DECEMBER 4, 2013
Enrile unfazed by Santiago privilege speech By Maila Ager INQUIRER.net 3:23 pm | Wednesday, December 4th, 2013
IN THE EYE OF SUPERTYPHOON “MIRIAM” Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile, who last week delivered a privilege speech calling Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago names, reaps the whirlwind when Santiago gave a riposte in her own privilege speech. RAFFY LERMA
MANILA, Philippines – Is it my fault that I am good-looking?
This was the question asked in Filipino by Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile when asked to comment on Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago’s reported plan to bring up his lovelife in her privilege speech this Wednesday.
Asked if he would look at Santiago’s eyes when she delivers her speech, Enrile said: “Hindi naman. Hindi ba sinabi ko, hindi ako naasiman”. [Not really. Didn’t I say already that she doesn’t have it anymore?]
Enrile was also unfazed by Santiago’s reported plan to also bring up Enrile’s sins during Martial Law.
“Ok lang yan, matagal na yung martial law. Nakaukit na sa kasaysayan.” [That’s ok. Martial Law is long in the past. It’s been etched in history.]
Enrile said he would welcome anything Santiago would raise against him and reiterated his previous statement that he would not retaliate.
He reiterated, however, that he would only answer the “pork barrel” fund issue at a proper venue.
“It’s now before the Ombudsman and I’m preparing my counter affidavit,” Enrile said.
FROM THE RAPPLER.COM
NOVEMBER 28, 2013
Enrile: Miriam cuckoo, inane, obsessive hater by Ayee Macaraig Posted on 11/27/2013 4:46 PM | Updated 11/28/2013 7:35 AM
'BITTER HATER.' Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile devotes his 30-minute privilege speech to denying Santiago's allegations and personally attacking her. Photo by Joe Arazas/Senate Photo Release
MANILA, Philippines – “Only an inane and bitterly hostile mind could fabricate such a canard. This is an outright lie and this is just another of those baseless fabrications against me from a depraved mind.”
Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile spared no harsh word for his fierce rival Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, denying her claim that he is the brains behind the multi-billion-peso pork barrel scam.
In a 30-minute privilege speech on Wednesday, November 27, Enrile blasted Santiago as a “cuckoo, inane and bitter mind,” “the grandmama of all falsehood fabricators,” and a “spiteful and bitterly hostile mind.”
Watch the video here.
Yet the speech that some expected to be a detailed response to the charges against Enrile turned into a deeply personal and ugly rant against Santiago.
Enrile, 89, refused to expound on his denial that he is the mastermind of the pork barrel scam, saying he will address the allegations against him at the proper forum.
“I am sorry to say that this former judge does not seem to understand the basic meaning of due process. Every law student knows that due process simply means, ‘you hear first the evidence before you condemn.’ Now I know why she nearly flunked her bar examination. A parrot can memorize legal principles but it cannot apply them.”
Enrile was responding to allegations Santiago made during a Senate blue ribbon committee hearing on November 7, when alleged mastermind Janet Lim Napoles testified. Enrile responded to Santiago’s statements, from the legal to the personal.
“Sinabi ng senadora sa blue ribbon hearing na ako daw ay may asim pa. Ginoong Pangulo, nagpapasalamat ako sa kanya. Ngunit ikinalulungkot kong sabihin, at kahit masakit man banggitin, hindi po ako naaasiman sa kanya!” (The senator said in the blue ribbon hearing that I still have appeal. Mr President, I thank her, but sadly I want to point out, even if it is difficult to say, I do not find her appealing at all!)
The former Senate President is among 38 individuals facing a plunder and malversation case for allegedly conniving with Napoles to siphon off his pork barrel to her fake non-governmental organizations in exchange for kickbacks.
Enrile also answered Santiago’s claims that Napoles should turn state witness lest Enrile have her killed. Santiago has maintained that Enrile, not Napoles, is the scam mastermind and the most guilty in the case.
The former defense minister during the martial law regime said he is not murderous.
“I never murdered anyone during all of my almost 90 years on this planet. I was in the war during World War II as a freedom fighter. I fired bullets against the foreign invaders of our country as they fired bullets at me. I do not know if I hit any of those I shot at. But for someone to say with impunity that I killed someone, whether here or anywhere else, or that I am planning anyone’s murder, is the ‘Grandmama’ of all falsehood fabricators,” Enrile said.
In an interpellation by his ally Senator Jinggoy Estrada after his speech, Enrile said there is a reason Santiago si so mad at him.
“Palagay ko pa naiinggit dahil mataas ang grado ko sa bar examination. Alam mo ako’y, ang nakuha kong grado almost 91% pero di ako naging topnotcher.” (I think she is just jealous because I got a high grade in the bar exam. I got a grade of almost 91% but I was not a bar topnotcher.)
Enrile and Estrada went as far as asking Senate President Franklin Drilon's score to compare it with Santiago's grade of 76%. Drilon said he ranked third in his bar exams.
Enrile quipped, “Tingnan mo, number 3 taga-Iloilo rin pero ang taga-Iloilo rin nasa bottom line.” (Look, he is number 3, also from Iloilo but the other senator from Iloilo is on the bottomline.)
‘Peeping Tom, vile, malicious’
Enrile also found cause to respond to Santiago’s statement that his bodyguard with a long firearm accompanied him to the restroom.
“I never realized until that blue ribbon hearing that we have a peeping Tom in this Senate. I never knew that someone was keeping an eye on me, even when I go to the most private of places here in this building. It was, after all, supposed to be a private area.”
Enrile said he never allowed any of his security personnel to carry long firearms in the Senate. He said he only carried a “small gadget to scratch my back.”
“Only a distorted, degraded, and deranged mind could imagine and invent such a blatant lie.”
On Santiago’s accusation that he funded the Zamboanga siege, Enrile said he did not even know about the conflict because he was in Cagayan at that time.
“Maliwanag po ito at walang kaduda-duda na nagpapatunay na may pagkasinungaling ang senadora na iyan.” (It clearly and without doubt proves that that senator is a liar.)
Enrile said he initially thought of keeping quiet especially after Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). “However, I decided to break my silence, lest those who heard the vicious and baseless accusations against me of that vile and malicious mind would believe them to be the truth and nothing but the truth.”
Bar exam flunker, refused to return missing car
Enrile then went into his personal history with Santiago, his wedding goddaughter, in an attempt to explain her “deep-seated animosity” against him.
He said it arose from his opposition to her confirmation as secretary of agrarian reform during the Corazon Aquino administration, and when he refused to include her in the majority bloc when he was Senate President in 2008 and 2010.
Enrile said that during the confirmation hearing, he asked Santiago “if she was ever under the care of a psychiatrist.”
“She admitted that she was. She said that she was treated by a psychiatrist at the Makati Medical Center,” Enrile said.
“In the same Commission on Appointments committee deliberation, I asked her also what grade she got in her bar examination. She replied that she got 76%. That meant that she obtained low grades in all her bar subjects. In fact, I remember that she got a grade of 56% in Ethics, the easiest bar examination subject. Naintindihan ko na bakit ‘di niya sinusunod rules of ethics.” (Now I understand why she does not follow the rules of ethics.)
The former Senate President then said that when Santiago was a judge at the Quezon City Regional Trial Court, former Philippine National Bank (PNB) vice president Toots Trinidad asked her to return his missing white Toyota Celica sports car but she refused.
“[Trinidad] shipped it back to the Philippines upon his return from the United States after his surgical operation for a brain tumor at the Stanford University. That sports car disappeared from the compound of the Bureau of Customs when it arrived in the Port of Manila.
Enrile said: “I was told that she claimed that her husband, Narciso Yap Santiago of the Province of Tarlac, who was at that time employed in the Bureau of Customs, gave her that sports car as a birthday gift. Later on, I found out that the car was registered in her name in the Bureau of Land Transportation in the Province of Tarlac.”
Enrile said Santiago’s animosity deepened when he initially refused to give her chairmanships of Senate committees but eventually relented upon the prodding of former Senator now Interior Secretary Mar Roxas in 2008 and former Senator Manny Villar in 2010.
Enrile said that Santiago just wanted the foreign affairs and energy committees for money.
“Obviously, she wanted a large pile of money at her disposal. But I could not satisfy her desire because the two committees had already been assigned to two other equally-capable senators. Finally, she asked for an oversight committee with a separate budget to be specially created for her to support her large staff. I accommodated her request without much ado.”
‘Crusading crook charge left unanswered’
Enrile then reiterated the statement of former Sen Panfilo Lacson that Santiago is a “crusading crook.” Lacson made the statement at the height of the Senate fund scandal when he came to Enrile’s defense in a bitter rivalry with Santiago.
“I have yet to hear from her a bristling rebuttal, a relevant answer, or a lucid explanation – not ad hominem as she is wont to do. Up to now the words of Senator Lacson remained unanswered. They are met with deafening silence from her. I just wonder why!”
Enrile then lamented how despite the “inanities” of Santiago, she still gets attention from the media and the public.
Enrile’s speech comes after he asked the Office of the Ombudsman to investigate a Philippine Daily Inquirer report saying that its investigators supposedly named him, not Janet Lim Napoles, as the mastermind of the scam.
“Ang masaklap po, Ginoong Pangulo, dinadaan 'nya sa pagpapatawa, sa kanyang mga popular na pick-up lines, ang kanyang panloloko sa mga inosenteng kababayan natin. At ang mas masaklap pa po dito ay kung anuman ang mga salitang kanyang binitiwan ay kinakagat ng ilang mga peryodista nang ganon-ganon na lamang, sinasakyan ang kanyang mga paratang para lamang tuluyan akong idiin dito sa isyu ng PDAF.”
(What is sad is that she uses humor and popular pick-up lines to fool our innocent countrymen. And what’s more sad is that newspaper writers pick up her lines just like that to further implicate me in the PDAF issue.)
“It seems that the inanities of my bitter and obsessive hater are boundless.”
Santiago, who is ill with chronic fatigue syndrome, said she will "retaliate."
She has asked Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano, another bitter enemy of Enrile, to schedule her privilege speech on Wednesday, December 4. – Rappler.com
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