MANILA - Former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile was lying when he claimed that he joined the 1986 EDSA uprising to stop some officials from putting up a military junta, a former opposition lawmaker said Sunday.
Speaking to ANC, Erin Tañada, convenor of the opposition group Tindig Pilipinas, said it was Enrile, the former defense minister of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr., who was actually plotting a military junta before the "People Power" uprising.
"He was the one who was going to put up a military junta, but they were discovered. That's why they moved back to Camp Aguinaldo. This would show Enrile is trying to change history to make him look good in eyes of people," Tañada said.
Enrile's claim about the reason behind the uprising was part of his one-on-one interview with the late strongman's son and namesake, Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., an interview slammed by martial law victims as an apparent attempt at historical revisionism.
Asked about what he feels about the interview, Tañada, who was already joining protests as a student during the Marcos regime, said it felt "revolting because we all know what happened during the Marcos dictatorship."
"His flip-flopping from Marcos to anti-Marcos to again pro-Marcos will show that he has no integrity. He has lost integrity. Honesty was not in his vocabulary. Maybe he's now having amnesia on certain parts of our history," he said.
In an interview before the EDSA uprising in February 1986, a transcript of which is posted on the Official Gazette website, Enrile said he was resigning his post as defense minister because "I can no longer serve the government."
"I am appealing to my brother-members of the Cabinet to heed the will of the people expressed during the last election. Because in my own region, I know that we cheated the elections to the extent of 350,000 votes," Enrile added.
Marcos won the 1986 presidential elections based on the official Comelec count, but the poll fraud and widespread discontent prompted a successful civilian-military uprising weeks later that led to the fall of the regime.