Like his plundering cohorts in the multi-billion pork barrel scam, Senators Ramon Revilla Jr. and Jinggoy Estrada, I really would like to see Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile in a detention center at the PNP Headquarters at Camp Crame.
It would even be better if Enrile will be isolated from the actors, who idolize their nonagenarian mentor no end, so he could no longer pass on to the young upstarts any more of his wicked ideas or for the enterprising young duo not to be able to pick the old man’s brain out for mischievous advises.
But it looks like the writing on the wall is getting more apparent that he is heading towards a house arrest or more likely a hospital arrest, and the reason is because of advanced age and health conditions.
Any which way you look at it, it is still a special treatment given to one, who allegedly has pocketed P172 million in pork barrel funds through commissions and kickbacks for perversely allowing the misuse of his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) in allocating it to bogus non-governmental organizations (NGOs) managed by the exploitative businesswoman, Janet Lim-Napoles, who is also accused of plunder.
I think the country has had enough of Enrile, the opportunist, ever since he became a Marcos’ minion and a corroborator in the implementation of Martial Law, to the time he turned his back against Marcos and joined Cory Aquino’s EDSA revolution and until he led a coup to topple Cory because of his unquenchable thirst for the presidency. Thank goodness it was his destiny to fail.
But being an opportunist and an astute politician, he has always won in every elections, even rising to become a Senate President, where he seem to have redeemed and endeared himself to the people when the senate, as a court, succeeded in impeaching former Chief Justice Renato Corona for betrayal of public trust and graft and corruption.
Not until the PDAF scam erupted and became media’s fodder that we started seeing the tentacles of corruption reaching Congress as well and into the august halls of the Senate where it started encircling individually the necks of Enrile, Estrada and Revilla, among others, scandalously identifying them as Tanda, Sexy and Pogi.
And so, what will it be for Tanda?
Barring any unfortunate event, I don’t think the public really wants to see Enrile die as a martyr, because that is what it will be and how it will become if he is held in custody at Camp Crame, with rats and roaches and the barest of amenities, especially devoid of his iPad to be able to play his favorite Candy Crush game.
For defrauding the government at the expense of the poor and struggling Filipinos, surely, Enrile is undeserving of either a hospital or house arrest, but considering all, he is even more undeserving dying as a martyr.
So, what the heck?
Confine the old rascal in the hospital!