- Posted September 26, 2013 by
Senator behind Phl standoff?
“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 in a statement.
She said Enrile could easily afford the rebellion launched by the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) headed by Nur Misuari if it was true that he had funnelled some P400 million of his priority development assistance fund (PDAF) to dummy nongovernment organizations (NGOs) linked to Scam Queen Janet Lim-Napoles.
“According to the whistleblowers, Enrile reportedly gave some P400 million of his PDAF to Napoles’ NGOs. Thus, in the buzzing public mind, Enrile could easily afford to spend P40 million on the Zamboanga rebellion as a diversionary tactic,” Santiago said.
“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,” the lady senator pointed out.
Santiago was also convinced that Enrile was the mastermind in the “pork barrel” scam, pointing out that he was Senate President at the height of the scam.
“Enrile has moral ascendancy over his colleagues in the political opposition, namely, Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, Sen. Bong Revilla, and Sen. Gregorio Honasan. They could easily have entered into a conspiracy, just as there appears to have been a conspiracy between Enrile and his ill-starred chief of staff, Atty. Gigi Reyes,” Santiago said.
Enrile, Estrada and Revilla are now facing plunder charges at the Office of the Ombudsman for allegedly funnelling millions of pesos to Napoles’ NGOs.
The lady senator was likewise convinced that Enrile was behind Estrada’s privilege speech Wednesday, which dragged her and other administration allies into alleged misuse of funds.
Citing the COA report, Estrada identified Santiago as among those whose PDAF-funded projects did not allegedly comply with the procurement law.