Brady notes not classified, says Senate president
MANILA - Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile refuses to back down on his tiff with neophyte Senator Antonio Trillanes, saying there's more to reveal about the senator he once helped to get out of detention.
Enrile said he knows a lot about Trillanes which could prove detrimental to his re-election bid.
“I’m going to bring this to the people and tell the people about this man, who he is, what kind of senator he is, what kind of a military officer he is, the hazard he is creating for this country,” the former defense minister told Senate reporters.
Asked where his tiff with Trillanes would lead to, Enrile said: “I don’t know, perhaps until elections…Just listen when I speak before the campaign platform in the country.”
Enrile admitted today it was Trillanes who planned his ouster as Senate chief.
Yesterday, Trillanes took the floor at the Senate to announce his withdrawal from the majority. He said he had lost confidence in Enrile because of his alleged deals with former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
“Hindi ko akalain na mumurahin ako dito sa plenary session sa Senado. Kung may galit siya sa akin, dapat hinarap niya ako,” Enrile said.
He said he was ready with the so-called Brady notes to counter Trillanes, whom he thought would only talk against Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario in his privilege speech.
“I was going to confront him with that note. Marami ‘yun. Isang envelope ‘yung dokumento na ‘yon. This guy is dangerous for the country,” he said.
Trillanes opted to walk out of the session hall on Wednesday afternoon after Enrile butted in. The first-time senator said he could not grasp that Enrile would be disclosing state secrets on national television.
Enrile thereafter disclosed notes written by former Ambassador to China Sonia Brady on the alleged interference of Trillanes on the country’s maritime dispute with China.
Enrile defended his move, saying the revelations from Brady were not state secrets.
“Anong state secret doon? It was not even classified. He does not know what he is talking about. You know, this guy is teaching me about national security. I’ve been 17 years in charge of national security and foreign relations of this country. I’ve dealt with presidents of other countries, not a man like him,” Enrile said.
Enrile insisted Trillanes, in his discussions with the Chinese officials, surrendered the country’s sovereignty. He said Trillanes was the one committing treason, contrary to the latter’s claim that it was del Rosario.
Enrile downplayed Trillanes’ challenge that cases be filed against him if he indeed he committed treason.
“Hindi ko pag-aabalahan ‘yung tao na ‘yun. I have better things to do. It’s not worth my while,” he said.
Asked if he is still open to a reconciliation with Trillanes, he said: “I have no time for a man like him. I’m not a hypocrite. You take me on, I’ll take you on. If you win, I’ll submit to you.”