Enrile: I can win pork barrel scam case

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 20 2014 05:20 PM | Updated as of May 21 2014 06:05 AM

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MANILA - Senator Juan Ponce Enrile is not stressed out. He doesn't get restless nights despite getting indicted for plunder over his alleged involvement in the pork barrel scam.

In fact, Enrile believes he can win the case, insisting that he did nothing wrong and that his office is “blameless.”

"Natutulog ako nine hours. I exercise in the morning, I eat my breakfast, I wake up at 9 o’clock, sound asleep at night,” Enrile told reporters.

“You get stressed out only if you are guilty, di ba? Why should I get stressed out? I know myself. I know what we did. My office, I think, is blameless although I respect the position of government. Some people have been talking about this thing for more than a year now and still they are muddled."

The 90-year-old Senate minority leader is unperturbed even if reports say that the Philippine National Police is now preparing the cell where he could be possibly detained if a case is finally filed before the Sandiganbayan against him and two other senators.

While he is preparing for his case, Enrile said he does not think so much about where he would be detained.

"I am confident that we will win this case," he said, but declined to say why he believes so. "I will not tell you."

"You know, I’m thinking about all the possibilities. As a lawyer, when you study a case, you study it in total, in whole. Don't study your case half-baked so that you will avoid pitfalls and surprises," he said.

He dismissed talk about his possible cellmates, saying he would not be so choosy.

"Ok lang, maski sino ang magiging cellmate ko. Pwede naman Abu Sayyaf," Enrile said. But he added that he might ask to see a doctor if he would fall ill while under detention.

"I do not know yet, depending upon the circumstances. If all of a sudden, I get sick at my age, maybe I will ask, 'Can you allow me to go to a doctor to have a treatment?' If they don’t want, well I'll take my chances," he said.

Enrile is not bothered either that his name appears on all versions of the so-called "list" of officials allegedly involved in the scam.

He said he is confident about his legal strategy.

"List or no list, it does not matter to me. So what if there is a list? I have a case pending against me. So I will attend to that case and I will deal with that case, I will study it and as I said, I'm confident that in a fair trial, in a fair court… I'll have a fair chance of winning the case," he said.

He also does not think much about the effects of the scandal on his reputation.

"Could they say anything more derogatory about me? All my life I have been subject to malignment. I’m still around and alive," he said.

Enrile said he does not have any contact with her former chief of staff, Gigi Reyes, who returned to the country recently.

"I have not had any contact with her," he said.


Senator Jinggoy Estrada is also determined to "fight it out" in the courts, saying that talk about their possible detention center is an indication that the administration is "hell-bent on jailing" the three indicted senators.

"Makikita mo na talagang they’re really hell-bent on jailing the three senators. Pagka kami, tatlong senador ang nababanggit, masyadong credible ang istorya ni Janet Napoles, ni Benhur Luy, ng listahan. Pero pagka-iba ang involved, lalo na ang kaalyado ng administrasyon, napaka-incredible naman, di ba?" Estrada said.

"Diyan mo makikita na talagang namimili o selective justice na talagang tatlo lang kami pinupuntirya. Ako, wala na akong kalaban-laban pagka pinagkaisahan ka, pagka pinagtulungan ka, wala na akong other recourse. My only recourse is to slug it out, fight it out before the proper courts,” he said.

Senator Bong Revilla has long accepted his fate, saying that he ready for any eventuality.

"Hindi pa nga sinasabi ng Sandiganbayan na arestuhin na kami, alam na nila kung saan kami ikukulong e. Pero ganunpaman, kahit saan pa kami ikulong, hinanda ko na ang sarili ko diyan. Sana lang huwag na kami i-trial by publicity," Revilla said.

He said that he has also been preparing his family about the possibility of being arrested.

"Sabi ko 'Huwag kayo iiyak.' Walang sinumang iiyak dahil kapag ka umiyak tayo, matutuwa lang ang kalaban natin," he said.