Enrile done with politics, to retire after Senate job

SENATOR Juan Ponce Enrile said Monday he was done with politics as he belied reports he will run for governor of Cagayan in the 2016 elections.

The 89-year-old lawmaker said he will retire from politics when his term as senator ends on June 30, 2016, when he would have been 92.

“I’m done. I have done enough to help this country,” said Enrile, one of the leaders of the People Power Revolution that ousted President Ferdinand Marcos from power in 1986.

“I didn’t succeed that much. In some I succeeded, but that’s life,” he said.

Enrile served his first term in the Senate from 1987 to 1992, and his second from 1995 to 2001. He was a member of the House of Representatives from 1992 to 1995.

Enrile, who was defense secretary during Marcos’ time, said he would let his son, former Cagayan Rep. Jack Enrile, participate in politics on his retirement. The younger Enrile, who ran under the United Nationalist Alliance, lost in the last senatorial elections.

“I will finish that...I have nothing to do with it,” Enrile said when asked how he would deal with the controversies involving him, including the alleged pork-barrel scam.

Enrile, along with Senators Ramon Revilla Jr. and Jinggoy Estrada, are facing plunder charges before the Ombudsman in connection with the alleged P10-billion pork barrel scam allegedly masterminded by businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles.

Enrile has repeatedly professed his innocence and insisted he has not been involved in any wrongdoing, especially in the alleged misuse of his pork barrel appropriations.

He has vowed to answer all the charges being hurled against him in court, saying he is confident he eventually will be cleared.

His adversary, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, has written Justice Secretary Leila de Lima asking her to investigate Enrile for the alleged crimes he has committed and which she had enumerated in a privilege speech.




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