Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile strikes back against Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago for tagging him as pork barrel scam mastermind
The animosity between them runs deep.
Ernie Reyes of Interaksyon.com reports that enate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile on Wednesday (November 27) called Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago as the "grandmamma of all falsehood fabricators" after she earlier tagged him as the "murderous" mastermind of the pork barrel scam and the Zamboanga City siege. Enrile struck back against Santiago in a privilege speech.
According to the report, Enrile said that despite being a former trial judge, Santiago apparently does not know the meaning of due process since she has publicly accused him of being involved in two major controversies despite the lack of evidence. "Every law student knows that due process simply means, 'you hear first the evidence before you condemn.' Now I know why she nearly flunked her bar examination. A parrot can memorize legal principles but it cannot apply them," Enrile said.
In a 30-minute privilege speech, the former Senate President said he was urged to speak up against the accusations thrown at him "to defend his personal honor, the honor of his family, his office and the honor of the millions of Filipinos who trusted and voted him in the Senate."
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