Juan Ponce Enrile (JPE), apart from his illnesses to support the filing of omnibus motion for bail on his plunder raps at the Office of the Ombudsman (OOO) has another illness called, “Obsessive-Survival Disorder”, fueled by “greed is good” axiom.
JPE’s book “Juan Ponce Enrile A Memoir”, a 740-page book depicts his life’s story of survival layered with “selfie”. From the stigma of being an illegitimate child as Juanito Furraganan, to eking out a living in the midst of poverty, to his incarceration during the Japanese occupation, to finding his real father and became Juan Ponce Enrile, as his book says, albeit self-serving, is a constant struggle for survival. His instinct for survival so imbued, it became a second nature to him. Endowed with mental prowess, guts, and astuteness, he obsessed himself in an unending exploits to dare his own mettle throughout his career as a savvy corporate lawyer, a whiz technocrat, and an astute politician.
His constant pursuit to test his survival instinct fueled by ambition and greed had made an incalculable impact on the nation’s history. No one would forget his role as the Architect of Martial Law, as the progenitor of several coup d’états, and as a consummated betrayer of whoever block his way for him to get out of trouble. He had perfected the trick of putting one foot in front of the other one, that he had not yet executed his wicked agenda he already prepared a solution saving himself. These instances of survival are his ultimate joy. It is what he lived for.
As expected, JPE had always been a winner of his shady deals within the span of five presidencies, from President Marcos down to Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. With President Aquino of different moral breed, however, his moral turpitude, found an enemy. JPE was thrilled with the challenge posed by P’Noy. This is his penultimate test before meeting his maker. How in the hell, would he survived the PDAF’s scandal? Look as if he reaches the end of his rope. Not yet.
At the most critical moment, he pulled off his ace up his sleeve. After launching machinations since the outbreak of the PDAF’s, playing low key, and seeing things skewing, although he claim he’s ready to die in prison, he filed an omnibus motion for bail, stating his poor health and physical condition. Further, he said he could not stand the rigors of attending the trial. He submitted documentation of all his illnesses. JPE rushed supplemental motion saying his arrest would be invalid because he has not been informed ahead of time of the nature of what he was charged about. Here’s the gem of JPE’s thought: he said he is entitled to the “most” reasonable amount of bail considering his age and frail health. Like Janet Lim Napoles, his co- accused in the PDAF scam, he wanted the best the both worlds in his dire situation. The only difference is, at least, Napoles admitted her mistakes and remorseful. As cunning as JPE is, with all his previous entanglement with the law, he maintains his innocence. Prove if he’s guilty if one can.
People wonder. What’s the reaction of Sen. Miriam Santiago, JPE’s mortal enemy? She had been quiet lately. Sen. Antonio Trillanes, who once said that JPE is the most corrupt of all politicians prepped the public by giving him consideration not to be put in jail in case he’s arrested. Chorused with him is Jose Feliciano, the Speaker of the Lower House, echoing… JPE should be given leniency and should not be put in a regular cell. Sen. Jinggoy Estrada had been spouting off the same line days before. Is there shady deals going on again between these people and JPE?
“Some people are smarter than others”, an aphorism say. The “others” here, are the million who wallow in poverty who could get their life a bit easier if they could have benefited from the true intention of the PDAF. The “some people” here, are the smart unconscientious lawmakers motivated by greed.
Seeking compassion coupled with malice and without remorse is injustice. “An eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth”, Matthew, one of the Gospel writers says. Let JPE rot in jail.