WikiLeaks cable reveals former US ambassador accused Senator Juan Ponce Enrile of "smuggling interests"

Former US ambassador to the Philippines Kristie Kenney was known for being amiable. At one point, she even did the "Papaya Dance" with actor Edu Manzano, when he was still one of the hosts of ABS-CBN’s morning show Umagang Kay Ganda.

A YouTube clip uploaded three years ago shows US Ambassador Kristie Kenney doing the "Papaya Dance" on national TV.

 

Former US ambassador to the Philippines Kristie Kenney was known for being amiable. At one point, she even did the "Papaya Dance" with actor Edu Manzano, when he was still one of the hosts of ABS-CBN’s morning show Umagang Kay Ganda. But the recently-discovered Wikileaks cable 08MANILA1417 shows that the well-liked ambassador had a pretty tough side, too.

ABS-CBNNews.com reports that, in 2008, Kenney "threw everything but the kitchen sink" at Senator Juan Ponce Enrile and other senators after they allegedly scolded several officials of the Joint Foreign Chambers of the Philippines. The senators reportedly slammed the group for opposing reforms in the country’s power sector.

The ABS-CBNNews.com article revealed that Kenney quoted Enrile’s tirade. The senator reportedly shouted at the Joint Foreign Chambers officials, "You wanted to make a profit. Because you are forcing the government to sell [its generation and transmission assets] for a song. My goodness, get out of this country if you can’t live with us. You’re guests in this country."

In the WikiLeaks cable, which Kenney sent to the US Department of State June 13, 2008, she alleged: "Some analysts suggest that the Chambers’ anti-smuggling efforts may have incited Enrile’s reaction since representatives of the Foreign Chambers last month discussed smuggling with Enrile’s son-in-law, who runs an auto import operation operating in Cagayan Special Economic Zone and Free Port and is suspected of involvement in smuggling."

For the record, another ABS-CBNews.com report documents that Kenney has already gotten bad press over another WikiLeaks cable, wherein she said that former President Corazon Aquino was a "a weak, tarnished leader who did not do enough to fight corruption."

For more on this story, log on to ABS-CBNNews.com.

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