MANILA, Philippines – Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago believes that Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce-Enrile is the mastermind behind the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel scam.
Santiago said that Enrile, her closest opponent, has the greater capacity to lead the said anomaly than the alleged mastermind Janet Lim Napoles.
This is because he was the senate president during the period of the listed activities conducted by false NGOs which are connected to Napoles.
“According to the whistleblowers, Enrile reportedly gave some P400 million of his PDAF (Priority Development Assistance Funds or simply pork barrel) to Napoles’ NGOs,” Santiago said.
Furthermore, she also believes that Enrile funded the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) rebel group who brought tragedy in Zamboanga City to distract the public from the pork barrel scam.
“Enrile is so desperate that he is like a crocodile, who has left his maritime kingdom and is flapping around on land, still hoping to kill his prey. I am morally convinced of his culpability in trashing the COA (Commission on Audit) and its chair, as well as in engulfing Zamboanga City in an expensive rebellion,” Santiago said.
She said that Enrile could easily send P40-million to the rebel group as a diversionary tactic.
“The public should consider his background as defense secretary during martial law, with a proclivity for coddling former police and military officials, and a feckless ambition to rewrite history,” she said.
In Senator Jinggoy Estrada’s privilege speech on Wednesday, he involved Santiago and other enemies of Enrile such as Senators Alan Peter Cayetano, Francis Pangilinan, and Manny Villar in the PDAF scam which convinces Santiago that the former senate president is a contributor to Estrada’s speech.
“I was named No. 1 on the list, because Enrile is seething at me for exposing his P2-million Christmas bonus last December. Whenever I am involved, he becomes obsessive-compulsive or OC,” Santiago said.
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ABCom, Leyte Normal University