Enrile to Miriam: Don’t destroy Senate
SENATE President Juan Ponce Enrile urged Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago to be fair with other lawmakers who received additional Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE), as she did before, because she is not destroying him but the Senate as an institution.
“Panawagan ko, be fair to the Senate, and to other senators. Handa naman akong maparusahan kung may kasalanan ako, at kung may ebidensiya siya, magsampa ka doon sa may referee, sa Department of Justice (DOJ), sa Office of the Ombudsman, sa International Criminal Court o sa Sandiganbayan,” Enrile said.
This was the reaction of Enrile on the accusation of Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago earlier that the former distributed P1.6 million to 18 senators as additional MOOE, but he excluded her and three others in the minority.
“PInaganda natin ang imahe ng Senado, ngayon kung hindi siya nabigyan ng MOOE noong Disyembre, idadamay na nya ang ibang senador, okey lamang sana kung may katotohanan na may nagwawaldas ng pera,” Enrile lamented.
Enrile said that Santiago never complaint when she accepted additional MOOE, given every year end, from 2004 up to 2011, which was a practice done by any Senate president.
“Noong tumanggap siya, wala siyang kibo, noong 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 at 2011, wala siyang kibo eh, kalian ka naging morale noong Disyembre 2012 dahil hindi ka nakatanggap ng MOOE,” Enrile further lamented.
“Dapat lamang maging mahinahon sa ginagawa natin, at kung may paratang tayo na masamang tao ito, kumuha ng ebidensiya at magsampa ng kaso,” he added.
Enrile said he is doing his best to make the image of the Senate as good as what the people wanted them to be, not because it is non-issue since additional MOOE was accepted by all senators.
“Parang eskupeta na bumaril ka at tatamaan kung sino ang dapat tamaan. Pinaganda natin ang imahe ng Senado, ngayon kung hindi siya nabigyan ng MOOE noong Disyembre, at idadamay niya ang ibang senador, okey lamang sana kung may katotohanan na may nagwawaldas ng pera,” Enrile explained.
With this, Enrile challenge Santiago to make public all their personal assets including all expenses incurred during their terms in the Senate.
“Kung gusto niya lahat ng ari-arian namin ilantad namin, ewan ko some people are saying na may houses sa Tagaytay, parang may Malacanang sa Tagaytay, kung totoo iyon. Ewan ko kung si Miriam ang tinutukoy nila na may malaking bahay sa Tagaytay na itinatawag sa aking radio program, at hindi ko na papatulan at paimbestigahan iyon,” Enrile said.
Enrile also denied that he is dangling his effort in convicting former Chief Justice Renato Corona as his barometer that he will not be ousted as Senate president.
“That is not true, convicting Corona is a collective effort of Congress, not by me alone,” he said.