MANILA, Philippines – Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago today described her relationship with her “ninong”, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, as "glacial" and "ice cold."
This, after the two had a heated debate over the phrase "safe and satisfying sex" in the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) bill on Tuesday night.
Santiago felt Enrile made a personal attack against her as she was explaining that the phrase is in use in modern international law.
"Ginawa na lang niya personal kaya halos nagalit ako dahil nagpapaliwanag lang ako. He was being very snide and sarcastic,” she said.
Santiago quoted Enrile as describing himself as "gago" and Santiago as "brilliant" after the latter explained the use of the controversial phrase.
Santiago felt Enrile should not have insulted her as these are always disallowed in any debate.
Santiago said she stopped herself but she said, "I feel alluded to and I'm very offended."
Santiago likened herself and Enrile to glaciers, which despite being close to each other physically, never meet.
"Para kaming mga glaciers sa North Pole, bumaba na nagbi-biyahe sa dagat at minsan nagkikita sila wala silang batian. We have an ice cold relationship,” she said.