Among her outrageous pick-up lines, witty one liners and encyclopedic legal prescriptions, the latest of Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago’s tirade is probably the most interesting and controversial. She accused her godfather and arch-nemesis Sen. Juan Ponce-Enrile of being the hands behind the armed conflict in Zamboanga City in an effort to divert public attention away from the pork barrel scandal.
She insinuated that Enrile is capable of funding the ongoing siege which had so far claimed more than a hundred lives and hundreds of thousands displaced Zamboanguenos.
Santiago said in her statement that the former senate president;
‘is so desperate that he is like a crocodile, who has left his maritime kingdom and is flapping around on land, still hoping to kill his prey. I am morally convinced of his culpability in trashing the COA and its chair, as well as in engulfing Zamboanga City in an expensive rebellion.’
She also added that Enrile is capable of shelling out easily the amount of 40 Million pesos to bankroll the MNLF in funding the rebellion, a measly sum compared to P400 Milion which was alleged to have been pocketed by him in the PDAF scam.
‘According to the whistle-blowers, Enrile reportedly gave some P400 Million of his PDAF to Napoles’ NGOs. Thus, in the buzzing public mind, Enrile could easily afford to spend P40 million on the Zamboanga rebellion as a diversionary tactic’
She reminded everyone that such a possibility is never far-fetched considering Enrile’s background as defense minister during the martial law regime ‘with a proclivity for coddling former police and military officials, and a feckless ambition to rewrite history.’
Besides Zamboanga, Sen. Santiago also accuses Enrile to have a major influence in the privilege speech delivered by Sen. Jinggoy Estrada last Wednesday. She said that her enemy could have easily coaxed the other opposition senators, namely Estrada, Revilla and Honasan, into a conspiracy because of his ‘moral ascendancy over his colleagues’.
Miriam was one of the few senators (along with Allan Cayetano, Kiko Pangilinan and Manny Villar) named by Estrada in his privilege speech to have violated the legal procurement procedure in the auditing of their own PDAF.
The fiery senator did not also spare Enrile from possible masterminding of the P50 million incentives given to senators who voted in favor of the impeachment of former Chief Justice Renato Corona. Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile was the sitting Senate President during the impeachment trial that saw the conviction of the Corona.
The two senators, formerly allies, had a falling-out when Santiago cried foul and unfair treatment during the distribution of MOOE as Christmas bonus last December 2012.