J.R. Ewing, of the hit 1978 TV Series “Dallas,” whose character TV viewers love to hate have the Senator Juan Ponce Enrile’s character. J.R. Ewing is a cunning, greedy, scheming individual, so is JPE. J.R. Ewing always wins on schemes he planned and executed, so is JPE who is a wily, political survivor. J.R. Ewing is a smooth operator of his villainy, so is JPE who cultivates and weaves his chicanery to whoever occupies the Malacanang Palace with the aplomb of political adroitness.
After winning battles thru his slick craftiness, JPE, in his twilight years, got involved with the PDAF Scam. JPE played it cool when charged of plunder docketed against him – together with Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla at the Office of the Ombudsman. Neither word nor reaction came out from him for weeks. Then, at a press conference, JPE said, “he has no problem being investigated and prosecuted, if only to clear his name.” This statement relaxed JPE’s opponent, putting them on non confrontational mode.
Contrast that to the panicky reaction of Sen. Bong Revilla who declared that the charge against him was politically motivated. He hired graphologist to check the authenticity of his signature on various documents related to the fake NGO’s of Napoles, and dared to file charges against the whistle blower. Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, on the other hand, said, it is not his duties to check the endorsement he made on the faked NGO’s where his PDAF were used. Well, there were not much intelligence one could wring out of Sen. Bong Revilla. But with Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, JPE could use him. He is gutsy enough to deploy his strategy to misdirect the PDAF issue. Sen. Jinggoy Estrada is one of JPE’s faithful stooges.
An act of betrayal worked and saved JPE’s skin in the past. He betrayed Marcos on Martial Law and Cory Aquino on coup attempt. He betrayed some of his colleagues in the Senate on Christmas gift giving while he was the President of the Senate. Now, with the PDAF Scam, thru JPE’s defense lawyer, JPE issued a statement he did not authorize Ms. Gigi Reyes, his Chief of Staff for years, and rumored to be his paramour to act on his behalf. Outraged, Gigi Reyes who’s out of the country, said, she would prepare herself for her defense on the PDAF issue, and would get back at JPE’s betrayal against her.
JPE’s dispatched his other stooges, Sen. Tito Sotto and spoke on JPE’s behalf, saying, the spat is just natural in a relationship.
Then it’s time for Sen. Jinggoy Estrada to shine. Sen. Miriam Santiago believes, JPE orchestrated the contents of Jinggoy’s Privilege Speech. The speech was a classic case of obscurity and misdirection. In effect, Jinggoy privilege speech touted P’Noy’s allies “let’s go down together in hell,” and obscured the PDAF Scam with the legal ethical issues of “DAP” (Disbursement Acceleration Project) which involved the Senators on P’Noy’s camp, as having received, too, pork barrel fund for the conviction of the Supreme Court Justice, Renato Corona. Suddenly, P’Noy was called the “King of Pork”. The mainstream media and the social networking sites soften their ire on PDAF, Janet, Bong, Jinggoy and JPE. Overnight, the demands for these personages’s convictions and the return of their loot if found guilty, slackened. This is a tour de force misdirection Ala J.R Ewing of Dallas, courtesy of JPE.
All these, JPE, is not in the forefront. He just uses people within his sphere of influence to do his bidding. Who would not love to hate JPE?