MANILA - Senator JV Ejercito paid Minority Leader Senator Juan Ponce Enrile a visit at the Philippine National Police General Hospital but decided to skip the other side of Camp Crame where his half-brother, Senator Jinggoy Estrada, is being detained.
"Nabalitaan ko na medyo naghigpit sa kanila noong medyo tumagal yung mga bisita, ayoko naman na maging dahilan pa ng paghihigpit sa kanila. So I will make the proper request," he explained.
Ejercito said his visit to Enrile was pre-arranged with the PNP leadership.
It's public knowledge that the Estrada brothers are not in good terms with each other.
But Ejercito clarified he wants to see his brother. "Kapag tamang panahon na at medyo malamig na. Siguro di naman itinago na bago nangyari itong pag-surrender ni Senator Jinggoy na kami'y hindi nagkaintindihan.”
Meanwhile, Enrile is doing well, he said.
"Maganda naman ang kanyang mood at lagi syang nagpapasalamat sa PNP officials kapag may dumadalaw, lagi nya itong pinapasalamatan sa magandang pagtrato sa kanya," Ejercito said.
The Senator said he and Enrile had a 45-minute chat at the corridor, seated in Monobloc chairs provided by the hospital.
He was only able to take a peek inside Enrile's room, which he described as too cramped.
"Talagang medyo may kaliitan yung kanyang kwarto na halos yung kama lamang ang kasya at siguro a little space, konting espasyo para sa kanyang mga damit at maliit na maliit na lakaran," he said.
He said Enrile was with his son Jack, who had a very emotional moment before they left.
He said the younger Enrile was trying to say goodbye since he had to leave for a month and a half for an overseas trip.
The scene, according to Ejercito, rekindled memories of him and his father, former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, when the latter was detained several years ago.
Ejercito also mentioned that the younger Enrile was with Cagayan Governor Alvaro Antonio.
According to Ejercito, Enrile talked about his concern for his hometown Cagayan as to how the situation there can be improved. He said the 90-year-old senator also discussed the situation stirring national security because of the tensions in the West Philippine Sea.
Ejercito also asked Enrile if the members of the Senate minority can also present their own version of the State of the Nation Address (SONA) when President Benigno Aquino III delivers his on July 28.
Ejercito expressed concern on the state of the minority bloc now that Enrile and Senator Jinggoy Estrada are incarcerated.
The minority is now left with four members: Ejercito himself, including Senators Nancy Binay, Gregorio Honasan and Vicente Sotto III.
"Yun ngang dalawa pa sa amin, may nakaumang din na kaso," he said.
"Wala naman syang sentimyento, wala syang nabanggit," Ejercito said of Enrile.
MEDIA STILL PROHIBITED
Meanwhile, members of the media were still not allowed to take footage of Ejercito entering the hospital, since the PNP is imposing a prohibition on media against moving and taking video footages inside the camp.
This morning, the ABS-CBN News crew was prohibited by a motorcycle-riding police from the Headquarters Support Service (HSS).
Cameraman Gani Taoatao was in the middle of taking a shot of the blue-colored building of the National Headquarters - a standard for news coverage - when the policeman used his motorcycle to block the view of the camera lens.