Senator Enrile accuses Senator Cayetano of having no ‘utang na loob’

Is there any politician who is not indebted to Philippine Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile? Okay, let us limit it to the Senate. Is there any senator who is not indebted to him? It seems Enrile has the goods on every Senator and he appears to be in the habit of using personal information against them to try and win public debates and the sympathy of the people. One cannot help but think that Enrile is kinda pathetic for using these tactics. It reminds me of how mafia gangs operate: they do a favor for you but you have to do a favor for them come payback time.

They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch. If someone gives you something, they always expect you to give them something or to do something for them in return. Last December, Enrile was accused of giving the equivalent of a free lunch to the senators in the form of monetary “gifts”. Unfortunately for Enrile, his decision to play favorites by not giving the same amount of Christmas bonus to four senators has backfired on him big time. To those who don’t know, the four senators who Enrile thought had been “bad” to him are Senator Miriam Santiago, Senator Antonio Trillanes, Senators Peter and Pia Cayetano.

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Enrile’s action would have probably gone unnoticed had he been gracious enough to politely accept Senator Miriam Santiago’s Christmas biscuits in December. Giving it back to her was a bad move on Enrile’s part, indeed. Apart from it being rude, it made Santiago very angry. She then raised a stink and declared to the media that, “so-called savings of each public office has turned into a national scandal, the grandmama of all scandals” and that “enforced savings are distributed among the highest officials, in the guise of Christmas bonuses”. Santiago immediately requested the Commission on Audit to look into the legitimacy of the disbursement of senate funds because she thinks Enrile’s move is “unconscionable” and “unconstitutional”.

A few weeks later, it was Senator Peter Cayetano’s turn to grill Enrile about the Christmas bonuses. His move came after Enrile just wouldn’t stop badmouthing the Cayetano siblings. Now Cayetano wants a private auditing firm to scrutinize the liquidation and certification of funds in the Senate to put an end to the controversy surrounding the P1.6 million given by Enrile to 18 senators for personal use. Some could say that Peter Cayetano’s motivation for requesting for a private auditor has to do with his simmering beef with Enrile, which was exacerbated by the fact that the elderly senator gave the Cayetanos only P250,000.00 each as “bonuses” last Christmas. But his request is not a bad idea. In fact, the Filipino people should welcome the chance to use an independent auditor to get to the bottom of the allegations.

While it is noted that he is up for reelection, Cayetano’s motivation to shine through this crisis can work well for him and the public. What he said in his speech made sense — unlike his speeches during the impeachment of former Chief Justice Renato Corona. And besides, somebody else aside from Senator Santiago and Senator Antonio Trillanes has to stand up for the people against the all-powerful-and-mighty in the Senate once and for all.

As it turns out, it might not even be Enrile who is calling the shots behind closed doors. In his privilege speech, Cayetano was implying two things: one, that Enrile has a romantic relationship with his Chief of Staff Jessica “Gigi” Reyes and two, that it is actually Reyes who is the real boss in the Senate. Cayetano revealed that not only is Reyes allowed to join senate caucuses, she also has a say as well, as if she was herself a senator. He also showed documents on screen showing typewritten authorization signed by Enrile, which was superseded by handwritten documents by Reyes also authorizing the release of the “savings” to the senators.

Apparently, some of us have been living under a rock all this time. I am ashamed to admit that I wasn’t aware that Enrile has a mistress. He tries his best to project an image of goodness. Not surprisingly, the “esteemed” gentleman is not so honorable after all. Images of Enrile and Reyes doing a footsie during a caucus have entered some people’s minds. It’s outrageous that the senators have tolerated this relationship and their set-up in the senate for a long time. What the heck where they thinking allowing this impropriety to go on? And to think they were demanding excellent behavior from Renato Corona last year. I recall when some people were trying to dig up dirt on Corona during his trial and even falsely accused him of having an extra-marital affair. Do these senators think they are exempted from setting an exemplary behavior to the public?

Cayetano was clearly implying that Reyes’s alleged romantic liaison with Enrile has gotten into her head. Cayetano even accused her of being the reason for why the Cayetanos are not in Enrile’s list of favorites. It has something to do with Reyes being close to Peter Cayetano’s mayor wife’s rival in Taguig. Whew! I challenge you to try and figure that one out. Politicians in the Philippines are beginning to look a lot like a product of inbreeding indeed.

Things are not looking good for Enrile. It was reported that he fell ill and required an oxygen mask as his blood pressure shot up to 180/100 after the heated argument with Peter Cayetano. It’s a good thing President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino is in Davos right now. Had he been around to witness Enrile being ill, he would have made fun of him too just like he made fun of others who fell ill after being accused of corrupt activities.

Enrile falling ill could work against Cayetano though. In a society where the young are expected to show deference to the elders, some might blame Cayetano if something bad happens to Enrile as a result of their spat. As Cayetano kept stressing in his speech, he has always remained silent out of respect for the elderly senator even when Enrile would often resort to insulting him and his sister. But there’s another reason why the Cayetanos had to keep their cool in the past when it came to Enrile.

As Enrile himself revealed, their father, former Senator Renato Cayetano allegedly owes P37 million to Enrile. Of course Enrile brought this bit of information up out of the blue because he felt compelled to remind Peter that it is payback time for something that his father allegedly owed him. The payment is not necessarily in cash though. Such is life for a politician in the Philippines, if the custom of showing deference to elders doesn’t stop you from speaking up, the padrino system will.

Peter Cayetano might have said a few stupid things in the past especially when he was a senator judge in the impeachment trial of Corona but you have to give him credit for having the balls to stand up against the mighty Enrile unlike most of the senators. Cayetano probably realized that the old man has finally dug his own grave. I don’t know about you but the sight of Enrile waving a document supposedly showing how much the Cayetanos owe him while mumbling like a fool made him look so desperate. The dignified appearance he showed in last year’s impeachment trial is gone replaced by an image of disgruntled old man. He may have finally used up all his aces.


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RF Garcia

This is an excellent piece of investigative reporting, Ilda. Yes it is heartening to see someone is finally standing up to the mighty JPE but it does not erase the stigma of the Cayetanos having voted for the conviction of CJ Corona although I am sure they know it in their hearts that he is not guilty. Peter Cayetano is now speaking out because he has been pushed into a corner.


Where did JP Enrile get the 37 million pesos that he loaned to Renato Cayetano from?

That’s an awful lot of money to be able to lend, just “like that”.

The distinguished Senate President has, as a matter of common knowledge, spent his life as a lawyer in private practice and as a statesman. Neither occupation is sufficiently well remunerated, OFFICIALLY, for one following them to acquire that sort of wealth.

In Hong Kong, “being unduly wealthy, whilst holding public office” is itself a crime.

Ilda, great piece Enrile’s love life Chicago tribune – 1998 “MANILA — Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile’s love life became headlines this week, giving Filipinos their own domestic version of what allegedly went on in the White House, the seat of power of their old colonial masters. Enrile is not the president, but his alleged tryst with a top aide prompted his wife of 40 years to leave him this week with the public quip that she no longer could tolerate his chasing after other women, including domestic helpers, cooks and assistants. His wife, Cristina, a socialite, walked out on him… Read more »

Politics is the breeding ground for crime, with the senate representing the criminals holy grail, where breeding, decency, and integrity is replaced with greed, self-interest, and hypocricy.

“I don’t want to talk to you no more, you empty headed animal
food trough wiper. I fart in your general direction. Your
mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries.”
― Graham Chapman , Monty Python and the Holy Grail


when hypocrite and serial liar ponce enrile started his affair with gigi reyes, it started in 1988
he was 60 she was 25. add disgusting dirty old man to the list.


Time to for these things to explode. Such actions should qualify these people as “UNFIT” to serve the public. Morals as clear as a muck in a sewage pipe. I can only ask Ilda if there is some way we could spread such “news” to more people. And I mean to the “less conscious” general public.


Is juan ponce enrile the dominique strauss-kahn of the philippines

They say the senate is the training ground for the presidency. That it is so has made it painfully apparent why our country is perpetually screwed front back and center. The events kept unfolding with much buffoonery that makes me laugh as tears roll down my eyes in despair. These clowns are not funny but I’m glad this is happening. Maybe this will be like one of those guy Ritchie shoot out scenes where everybody shoots each other and no one is left alive in the room. I have zero expectations from these bozos in both houses of congress, especially… Read more »

wow! 37 million is worth a lot more money today since JPE claimed to loan it to the elder Cayetano. If true, this loan was likely done a long time ago.


“Gigi” Reyes has a huge mansion type beachhouse that Enrile supposedly gifted her in Lian, Batangas. Matuod.
est. to have at least a 50 million peso value.
she should be investigated as well.

Enrile has sued ong of philstar for 31 million pesos for an article she wrote last year. The court battle originated from Ong’s October 2012 column, “Like Father, Like Son,” published in The Philippine Star . Enrile’s damage suit reads: “The article characterizes JPE [Enrile] as liar, fraud, and manipulator. It accuses JPE of attempting to ‘revise history’ with a devious purpose of enticing the electorate to support his only son, Juan Castañer Ponce Enrile, Jr (popularly known as Jack Enrile), an incumbent congressman in the province of Cagayan and a candidate in the upcoming senatorial elections.” Sounds as though… Read more »
Johnny Saint
Ilda, We muse over Enrile’s indiscretions and his hypocrisy and for now that overshadows the murderous things his political career has been involved with. No one actually believes he is innocent of the Marcos regime’s Martial Law atrocities. At the very least he helped justify it by faking his assassination. There’s his 1986 coup attempt against the Marcos administration and the August 1987 coup attempt against the first Aquino administration. I’ll say it again — at the very least he should be imprisoned for life if not executed for treason. Also, it seems that people associated with him are always… Read more »

GUYS! here’s a January 30, 1998 CHICAGO TRIBUNE article about Enrile and Gigi Reyes. My gosh matagal na pala tohng na broadcast. Wala pa kasing social media before kaya di ganon ka known…geez…naturingang mga abogado. Nasan na po ang delicadeza?


what i found d MOST embarrassing during his word war w/ Cayetano was when JPE brought up the issue about the “house” to which cayetano retorted “UNG BAHAY NI-LOAN PO YAN AT NABAYARAN”.

making him look worse than a fool was when JPE mumbled in desperation ” EH ‘YONG KAHOY..”

to which cayetano shot back:”WALA PO AKONG ALAM TUNGKOL SA KAHOY Mr. President”

seriously Mr. Senate President? SERIOUSLY? pati ung kahoy? LOL


The philippines is rich in resources
The senators/politicians are rich in money
The filipinos are mired in poverty.

Enrile and the other trapos have run the country into the ground whils enriching themselves, their family and mistresses, to such an extent that even vietnam now beats the philippines in economic terms. Their incompetence and corruption is tantamount to treason

enrile – born an illegitimate child – lived an illegitimate life


I guess his memoir is due for a major revision now. 😉


Gigi reyes gives her privilege speech via the media.
Like lance armstrong, a short apology (sort of) and then a lot of ‘buts’ and whining.
Who the hell does she think she is – a senator. Yes, i guess she does.


Enrile’s next book – ’50 shades of g.reyes’

Cayetano today “Enrile, he said, should explain for instance how the P180 million travel allowance under the P500 million budget was spent by the Senate.” This is the bigger issue/scam since it requires no receipts, and since cayetano is questioning it, i assume he does not get (180 mill ÷ 23) = 8 million per annum per senator, therefore someone is getting a hell of a lot, and basically unaudited. Lets hope cayetano is not just in re-election mode and with the diversions and end of session the scam is forgotten. this stinks And the excuse of previous practice just… Read more »
Hyden Toro
It seems that these Senators are now opening their own “CANS OF WORMS”, and throwing them to each other. The cause is the dividing of the taxpayers’ money, as their loots. The mistress of the womanizer Enrile, became an unelected Senator; disbursing public funds, with Enrile’s approval. It is now amusing… This political opportunist, Enrile; her mistress, may be demanding money. So, Enrile gave her the authority to dip her sticky fingers on public funds. Hindi si Enrile ang hinuthutan. Tayo and hinuthutan ang kabit ni Enrile. He does not want to use his own money, to provide for his… Read more »