Hospital arrest for Enrile

Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile

Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile

Sometime in early June 2014, when news were rife in the air about the impending issuance of arrest against Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla for plunder and graft charges in connection with their alleged participation in the P10-billion pork barrel scam, Enrile boastfully announced that he was not only prepared to get arrested but was also ready to die inside his cell.

Enrile repeated insolently the same pronouncement when told about Estrada and Revilla’s appeal to the Sandiganbayan to spare him from arrest because of his advanced age, saying, “I thank them for that but I’m prepared. Even if I’ll die in my cell, it’s okay. At my age, I got through life already.”

Fast forward today and one can see that Enrile was simply pretending to be tough.

And this is really what Enrile has been doing in some momentous events in his life – pretending to be tough – like when he went against the dictator Marcos and ended up being saved by the people and also when he helped plot a coup against Cory Aquino with the help of the Reform the Armed Forces Movement (RAM) led by his attack dog, then Lt. Colonel, now Sen. Gringo Honasan, only to end up with his tail in between his legs after being sacked later. In both occasions he was the administration’s Defense Secretary.

Now Enrile has not only petitioned for bail, which request is still pending, but he has also asked that he be confined at the police hospital in Camp Crame, which the Sandiganbayan granted following the recommendations of a team of doctors from the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) who were tasked by the court to determine Enrile’s physical condition.

The court said placing Enrile under hospital arrest would “ensure prompt and adequate response should a medical emergency arise from his established medical conditions.”

However, the court said Enrile would only be allowed to remain in hospital detention “until he is determined by the doctors to be physically fit for detention” in a regular jail facility managed by the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology “or until further orders from the court.”

I doubt if this will ever happened – that Enrile will spend time at a regular jail, unless of course he wills it bull headedly.

Age and life threatening illnesses have not only caught up with Enrile quick and fast, but he has come to realize now that he no longer has the chutzpa to continue pretending he is tough.

Not every one is blessed in life to reach 90 years of age with mental faculties still intact.

Enrile has finally wised up to opt for hospital arrest and prolong life rather than purposely cut it short inside a cell – at his age.

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