MANILA - He is credited as the architect of martial law during the Marcos years, joined the 1986 "People Power" revolt, was elected senator and congressman for several terms and was freed on bail despite a pending plunder case.
But at 95, Juan Ponce Enrile may have come up short in his attempt to revive his political fortunes.
Enrile, who is running under the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP), was 22nd in the senatorial race with 5,083,447 votes, with 92.89 percent of the votes tallied as of 5:20 a.m.
"This is my last. I will not run again. This is the last," the nonagenarian candidate had said in an interview with ABS-CBN News during the campaign.
His co-accused in the multibillion-peso Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) - former Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla - were faring better in the Senate race, as of posting.
Comelec results showed that Revilla, with 13,909,105 votes, was inside the winning circle or the so-called "Magic 12", while Estrada (10,860,826 votes) was at 15th spot.
Enrile, who served as defense minister of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr., won a seat in the Senate in 1987 and then won as congressman of Cagayan's 1st District in 1992.
He was reelected to the Senate in 1995 until 2001. He also won twice in his reelection bids in 2004 and 2010.
Enrile led the upper chamber twice—first under the administration of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo from 2008 to 2010, and again under Benigno Aquino III from 2010 to 2013.
It was under Enrile's leadership when the Senate ousted a chief justice, the late Renato Corona, in 2013. Enrile was the 20th senator to convict Corona over the latter's failure to declare his wealth.