MANILA - The former chief of staff of Senator Juan Ponce Enrile lamented what she herself describes as the apparent "travesty and betrayal" by the camp of the former Senate president.
In a Facebook post which ABS-CBN News has confirmed to be authentic, Reyes said she has been hurt by all the accusations hurled against her, but added the worst allegations have come from the camp of her former boss.
Responding to statements made by Enrile's lawyer, Enrique dela Cruz, that Enrile did not "give his blessings" to the actions taken by Reyes with respect to his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), Reyes said: "If indeed these statements are sanctioned by or coming from my former boss, then nothing can be worse than this kind of travesty and betrayal."
Dela Cruz told a radio station this week that Reyes did things without Enrile's knowledge and that she went beyond the authority given to her.
Reyes, who served Enrile for 25 years, said she has lost contact with her former boss, adding that "this very tragic development is beyond my comprehension."
Reyes, one of the accused in the plunder and graft criminal complaint filed by the Department of Justice at the Ombudsman last Monday, said that the last time she spoke with Enrile from abroad, "he maintained that he will stand by the authority he issued to me and that all that I did was faithful and pursuant to his instructions. He even told me to be strong; that we will fight together to prove the accusations against us are false and fabricated."
Senator Juan Ponce Enrile and former chief of staff Gigi Reyes
"I never once thought that this day would come. I never stepped on anyone’s toes nor abused my position in all the years I served in the Senate. But I have earned the bitter ire and enmity of some people by and large because and in defense of Senator Juan Ponce Enrile," she added.
REYES BLASTS INQUIRER
In her Facebook post, Reyes said she left the Philippines "to seek some peace and quiet amid the barrage of adverse and downright insulting publicity and commentary against me in the mainstream and social media."
She zeroed in on the Philippine Daily Inquirer for allegedly being "especially cruel."
She claimed the Inquirer has an "ax to grind" against her.
"I say so because in a private dinner in Rockwell a few months back where I accompanied my former boss, Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile, PDI Editor-in-Chief Mrs. Letty Jimenez Magsanoc openly told us about her deep personal hurt over the Senator’s published 'Memoirs' which recounted the beginnings of the PDI and what she called the 'unfair' portrayal of Ms. Eugenia “Eggie” Apostol," Reyes said.
"The Senator told Mrs. Magsanoc and the others present at that dinner that I was the one who convinced him to write, finish and publish his memoirs. They resent me because of my role in the Memoir and due to my association with Senator Enrile, and for that, I have never gotten any fair treatment from the PDI. They are determined to destroy me totally. My photograph is juicy fodder for the rumor mill and incidentally, it makes good copy for their newspaper.
"This kind of media treatment has inflicted so much torment and trauma on my children and my whole family. I wanted to talk to my children to somehow insulate them and prepare them for worse things to come."
Reyes also revealed she has sought the services of a lawyer "to prepare for my defense because as things stood, it was a foregone conclusion that I would be included in the complaint long bruited about by Atty. Levito Baligod."
"I have yet to confront my accusers and the supposed 'evidence' against me. I have every intention to defend myself, my name and my honor and to acquit myself of all the baseless charges and blatant lies being spread about me and those contained in perjured affidavits of so-called whistle-blowers," she said.
She indicated that politics could be behind Baligod's cause because he "interestingly hails from Tuao, Cagayan Province- the stronghold of the Enriles’ political adversaries in local politics."
"I grieve at how all the dirt, harsh judgment, blame and vicious publicity heaped upon me has besmirched my family and the good honor and memory of my late father, Pat H. Gonzales, former editor-in-chief of the Manila Bulletin, and that of my late father-in-law, Ambassador Vicente G. Reyes," she said.
She ended her post by saying: "There may be no saints among us and I do not profess to be one. Yet, as it has been in all of human history, it is easy for sinners to cast stones.
I have faith in GOD and my fate rests solely in His Hands and in His Divine Mercy."