Cayetano denies starting 'JPE-Gigi' gossip

Posted at 01/25/2013 5:03 PM | Updated as of 01/26/2013 1:44 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Alan Peter Cayetano on Friday denied ever insinuating that Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and his former chief of staff Gigi Reyes had an illicit affair.

Cayetano said he never linked Enrile and Reyes romantically during his privilege speech last Wednesday.

"Lumabas na lang 'yun. It took a life on its own," Cayetano told reporters at a press conference in the Senate.

"I didn't mean to link them together. I meant ang dami kong alam sa kanya, ang dami kong alam kay Atty. Reyes, at ang dami kong alam sa kanilang dalawa. Bagamat ganong karami ang alam ko, ireresist ko ang sarili ko," he added.

Reyes, who resigned earlier this week amid the tiff between her boss and Cayetano over the Senate's finances, said Friday she wants an end to rumors that she and Enrile had an affair.

In a statement, Reyes publicly apologized to Cayetano and other senators who felt maligned when she called them "hypocrites" in a radio DZMM interview.

However, she also noted that Cayetano, in his privilege speech "went on the attack, mainly aimed against me and my role as Chief of Staff, and insinuating something else on the side."

"It may be wishful thinking, but I still wish that the Senate President's family and my own family could be spared from the hurt brought about by malicious insinuations and imputations regarding my personal relationship with the Senate President- just to whet and feed the public's appetite for gossip, to gain political points, and to inflict more pain as if the pain and ugliness we have all witnessed and suffered were not already enough," she said.

"My family, especially my mother and my children, continue to suffer in silence the horrible and distasteful comments they read and hear about me in the media and all over the internet," she added.
Enrile: I’m too old for that

Enrile, meanwhile, denied rumors that he had an affair with Reyes.

“If they’re implying that she’s my girlfriend, well, I’m too old for that, my God!” Enrile said in a television interview yesterday. “I do not look old at all. But from my waist up I am still doing very well, but from the waist down, well, I do not know about that – maybe once in a blue moon, if ever.”

The Senate chief, under fire for releasing P1.6 million as gifts to each of 18 senators, ostensibly as additional maintenance, operating and other expenses (MOOE) in the final weeks of 2012, admitted he did not expect Cayetano to bring up issues against Reyes in a privilege speech on the Senate floor the other day.

Cayetano, along with his sister Pia and Senators Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Antonio Trillanes IV, were given P250,000 each. All four are critics of Enrile.

“I never expected that. Nobody is a saint in this world, you know,” Enrile said, as he noted that he had been linked romantically to several of his staff members in the past. He said this might have been because he did not treat his staff as servants.

He said dragging Reyes into the controversy was an attempt to destroy his name. With The Philippine Star