MANILA, Philippines - The son of Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile on Tuesday insisted that he had no hand in the death of the late matinee idol Alfie Anido during the Marcos regime in 1981.
The actor's death was officially ruled as a suicide, but an urban legend persisting up to this day alleges that Enrile's son Jack, who is now Cagayan representative and 2013 elections senatorial candidate, was behind the alleged murder.
The younger Enrile, in an interview with Lynda Jumilla on "ANC Presents: Road To 2013," said he saw Anido dead in his room after the actor apparently shot himself.
Alfie Anido was then dating Jack's sister Katrina.
"I've answered that on many occasions. Let me answer that now. I have nothing, absolutely nothing, to do with the death of Alfie Anido," Jack said.
He said he was with their family's chief security officer and now Senator Gringo Honasan, when the incident happened.
"In fact, on that night, I remember having responded to a radio message from the chief of security of our family, Colonel Honasan, who I was with for dinner [at a restaurant] close to the now Dusit Hotel," he said. "It was just sort of a call, that there was something going on in the house of Alfie Anido and he [Honasan] wanted to go and see and check it out for himself because Katrina was there."
"Since I was here on vacation [from the United States], I decided, 'I'll join you and I wanted to see what's going on with my sister,'" he added.
"Upon reaching the house of Alfie, I remember the lights were all on, the door was open and I was looking for Katrina and suddenly while I was approaching the door, I heard my sister crying, very distraught, and I saw one of the sisters of Alfie and my sister and she just started to point [upstairs]," Jack said.
"I went upstairs and when I looked into the room of Alfie Anido, I saw gun on the floor and the effects of what had happened," he said.
"It was an unfortunate thing, but I guess curiosity got the best of me and I was placed in that position and I was at the wrong place at the wrong time and having had the reputation that I had already, it was just natural conclusion for people to think that way," the younger Enrile said. "But I have my own kids and I can honestly say that their father had never done something as such as people claim."
His father, in his book "Juan Ponce Enrile: A Memoir," blamed the Marcos regime's critics over the rumor that Jack killed Anido.
"The intrigues against me escalated. Even my children were not spared. For instance, when Alfie Anido killed himself in his home, my enemies in the Marcos regime spread the rumor that my son Jack shot and killed him," he said.
The older Enrile said Anido and and Katrina had a fight because his daughter had to entertain guests after the actor fell asleep because he was drunk.
"Alfie physically hit Katrina, and my daughter fought back," he said.
He said Katrina was told later that Anido killed himself.
Bad boy Jack
Jack, in his ANC interview, admitted that aside from being the son of the then defense minister, he had a "bad boy" reputation in his youth.
"I had my moments. I considered myself normal. Young teenage boys would get into fisticuffs from time to time," he said.
He, however, quickly added that he has not shot anyone. "I have never fired a shot in anger. God will bear me out with that."
Enrile then shifted to a second-person narrative.
"At this point, if Jack Enrile had actually done something, I think there would have been somebody (who) stepped up and said so. The cases would have been open and perhaps the truth would have come out," he said.
"In all honesty, when I lived in the States, I went through the same problems that I did when as a teenager here. I had more bar fights in the States than when I did here," he added.
"Those things are part of growing up. When you're a teenager, sometimes, you're not as smart as you would have hoped you would be," he said. "That's part of the learning curve of Jack Enrile."