A shame, not a hero: Cagayan governor orders demolition of Enrile’s bust in capitol

  • The newly-elected governor of Cagayan province has ordered the removal of Senator Enrile’s bust from the capitol grounds
  • Governor Mamba said Enrile does not deserve such respect for bringing shame, not honor, to the province by being implicated in corruption
  • Mamba is a long-time political enemy of Enrile

MANILA, Philippines – Saying that the veteran lawmaker was a source of shame and does not deserve a monument, newly-elected Cagayan governor Manuel Mamba has ordered the demolition of Senator Juan Ponce-Enrile’s bust that used to greet visitors at the provincial capitol grounds.

In a press release dated July 04 posted on the Facebook page of Cagayan Provincial Information Office, Mamba was quoted as saying that there is no reason to honor the former Senate President who was implicated in the much-maligned pork barrel scandal and is currently facing plunder charges before the Sandiganbayan.

“Bukod dito ay ang walang patumanggang pangingibabaw ng kultura ng walang napapanagot sa ilalim ng paghahari-harian ni Enrile at alipores nito sa lalawigan kaya’t naglipana ang isyu ng korapsyon, katiwalian at karahasan,” the press release said.

[Aside from this is the proliferation of no-liability culture under the reign of Enrile and his cohorts which resulted into the widespread corruption, misconduct and violence.]

In a series of photographs accompanying the press release, payloaders can be seen toppling what looked like Enrile’s bust off the capitol grounds of the province where the Enriles used to rule for a long time.

Enrile retired from public service after his term as senator expired last June 30.

The former Justice Secretary and Defense Minister under the Marcos regime was one of Cagayan’s most illustrious, if not controversial son, and once run for President of the country in 1998, but lost to Joseph Estrada.

He served four terms as senator (1987, 1995, 2004, 2010) and was a one-time member of the House of representatives representing the First District of Cagayan in 1992.

Image from CPIO Facebook page
Image from CPIO Facebook page

But Mamba said Enrile is still alive and there is no logic to build him a statue since the law states that only ‘great and honorable people’ deserve such respect.

“Hindi tama aniya na maisusulat sa kasaysayan na dapat tingalain ang isang Cagayanong ipinahiya ang sariling lalawigan dahil sa malaking kaugnayan nito sa pandaramdong sa kaban ng bayan,” the post added.

[It is not right, the governor noted, for a Cagayanon who brought shame to the province for being implicated in plunder to be looked up and in its history.]

The Mambas and the Enriles are known to be long-time political enemies in the province.

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