Enrile hits back at Miriam

Posted at | Updated as of 01/17/13 4:07 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The word war between Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and Senator Miriam Santiago continues.

Santiago lashed out at Enrile on ANC’s “Headstart” Wednesday morning, saying he should never have been Senate president if not for a "powerful" backing.

“One of the political factions wants him there because by 2016 he will be too old and too superannuated, too lacking in energy to run for President and this faction does not want anyone in the position of Senate President who can be a credible, potential presidential candidate in 2016. That is why he is there,” Santiago said.

By Wednesday afternoon, Enrile had this to say:

“Mabuti naman at siya ang naging spokesman ko. Alam mo takot ako sa utak ni Miriam eh.”

"Ang backer ko sa Senado mga Liberal, mga Nacionalista, eh siya lang naman ang may ayaw sa akin eh," Enrile added.

Enrile alleged that Santiago is pushing for his ouster as Senate president, an allegation that Santiago has denied.

"Siguro kung gusto niya, ino-nominate ko siya as Senate president eh,” Enrile said.

Enrile also denied allegations by Santiago that he was jealous of the late Corazon Aquino when she became president after the 1986 EDSA Revolution.

"Hindi ako nagseselos maski kanino, ewan ko siya, baka nagseselos siya sa asawa niya, ako hindi eh. Hindi ako marunong magselos,” he said.

The falling out between Enrile and Santiago boiled over recently after both returned Christmas gifts given by each other.

According to Santiago, the falling out began during the administration of the late President Cory Aquino when she was appointed immigration commissioner.