MANILA, Philippines - Cagayan 1st District Juan Ponce "Jack" Enrile Jr. on Monday gave his own version on the suicide of actor Alfie Anido, which had long been blamed on him.
Speaking to ANC, Enrile denied shooting Anido, saying he found the actor already dead in his house.
He also admitted that his own story differs from that of his father, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile. The older Enrile earlier wrote in his memoir that his son did not go to Anido’s house when the suicide happened.
"My account is actual. I was actually there. He probably did not know. He was probably trying to recall. You know, these memoirs, he started writing these memoirs I think in 2002, roughly 20 years after. He was at that time; he is 89 now, he was 79 so memories tend not to be fresh. But for me, these things actually happened to me so I know," he said.
He also said that he and his father were not on speaking terms for a long time. This changed in the late 1990s.
“For a long time, he and I were not talking. We made peace after quite a big blow in the late 1990s and early 2000s. It was age. He said sorry. We both cried. He was crying for an hour and a half…I think (it was) the acceptance of how he treated me in the past and how I behaved as a son in the past. We buried the hatchet and it created the opportunity for us to go down this path that we are on now.”
“We are really father and son. He is not just a father by name and I came from him biologically but I am his son and he is my father.”
ANC Headstart, February 4, 2013