Enrile son on JPE-Gigi affair: I heard rumors

Posted at Feb 04 2013 10:56 AM | Updated as of Feb 05 2013 11:17 PM

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MANILA, Philippines - Cagayan 1st District Juan Castañer Ponce "Jack" Enrile Jr. admitted Monday that he had heard rumors that his father, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, had an affair with his chief aide, Gigi Reyes, but that he was unable to substantiate them.

"I heard rumors. I was not able to substantiate, Karen. I asked my father whether it was true or not, he kept mum. I would ask Gigi whether it was true or not, she keeps mum and says there's nothing going on there. So I leave it at that," he told ANC's Headstart host Karen Davila.

"If ever there was anything between my father and Gigi, I don't see it now," he added.

Asked if it would matter if it was true or not, he said: "No. It would not matter to me. My mother would probably differ but they're old. They probably spent 50, about 56 years together. They have been married for the longest time. They both know one another, my mom and dad. I think my mother would be the one to bury my father if he were to go ahead of her and I think that's something that we all need to respect."

He also admitted that Reyes has been a very capable confidant of the Senate President. "My father listens to her. He respects her legal perspective on things. She is politically astute. She's hardworking. She is able to understand the needs of my father's work vis-a-vis the other senators."

Rumors of the affair between Enrile and Reyes was reported as early as 1997 by the Chicago Tribune but was denied by both parties. The alleged affair, however, again made headlines recently when Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano pointed out Reyes' clout in the Senate. The revelation caused Reyes to resign as Enrile's chief of staff.

Enrile's wife, former ambassador to the Holy See Cristina Ponce Enrile later told reporters: "We’ve been married for almost 55 years. In the beginning, it was hard to tolerate it, but then I said, I leave it all in the hands of the Lord. And so I survived. I am happy. No regrets."

ANC Headstart, February 4, 2013