SEN. ESTRADA ON SENATE PRESIDENT ENRILE
Posted: September 19th, 2012 @ 6:44am
Ginoong Pangulo, noong ako po ay nakikinig kanina sa debate ng ating pangulo ng Senado at ni Sen. Trillanes, ako po ay nagulat, sapagkat sa loob ng walong taon na pagiging Senador, ang mga pangyayari kanina ay masasabi kong unprecedented at nakakalungkot. We have been calling this chamber as august, but it would seem that some of us have not lived up to this word.
Matagal ko na pong kilala si Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile. In fact I even consider him as my second father. And in all these years I have known him, I have worked with him, I will not and I will never characterize him as a bully. He never takes an institutional stand without consulting the chamber. He would often call us for a caucus on matters which are serious and contentious. I dare any of my colleagues to refute this. We have seen the Senate President’s style of leadership at bulag, bingi o mangmang ang magsasabing isinasagasa niya ang ang kanyang gusto.
The Senate President always tries to balance the interests and welfare of all, even the interests of the members of the minority. Ang paulit-ulit na pagsabi ni Sen. Trillanes na gawain ni Senate President Enrile na isagasa ang kanyang gusto, ay paulit-ulit ko ding tututulan at pabubulaanan.
And for the record, I have never witnessed the Senate President prevent anybody in this chamber from expressing his views whether in caucus or in plenary session. Hindi magiging Senate President si Juan Ponce Enrile at hindi siya mananatiling Senate President sa loob ng apat na taon if he is not fair nor respectful to all of us.
Sa paunang salita kanina ni Sen. Trillanes, he said that he was called a coward. Well Mr. President, I humbly believe that it would have served him better by facing up and answering the questions raised by the Senate President on a very sensitive and delicate issue. Ang kanyang pag-alis sa gitna ng diskusyon o pagtatanong ay maaaring masabi ng ilan na kaduwagan.
It is really regrettable that it has come to this. But I feel that it is my duty and moral obligation to say what I personally know about the Senate President and to defend him against the unfair, unjust and baseless accusations of Sen. Trillanes. Let it not be said that this representation did not stand up to defend the Senate President against these falsehoods. He is not, I repeat, Juan Ponce Enrile is not a lackey of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo or of anyone for that matter – that I am really certain of.
Thanks you Mr. President.