MANILA - After a long absence due to hypertension, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago made her presence felt with more promises of charges against Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile.
In a statement, Santiago said she will file in the beginning of the 16th Congress a probe into the “brazen false claims” of Enrile in his book “Juan Ponce Enrile: A Memoir”.
She said she has always believed that Enrile faked his ambush while going home to Dasmariñas Village in 1972, an incident that was used to justify the proclamation of martial law.
She said Enrile may have committed any of several crimes punishable by the Revised Penal Code, such as: unlawful use of means of publication, falsification by a public officer of a document, or falsification by private individual.
More than these, however, Santiago believes that “Whatever the crime, the basic rule is that the accused should have violated public faith and destroyed the truth, as decided by the Supreme Court in the 1985 case of Gamido, and the separate case of Sabiano.”
Among those she wants to invite in the probe is senatorial candidate Ramon Montaño. The latter was appointed Philippine National Police chief after the martial law years. He headed a team tasked to probe the alleged ambush. The team later issued a report that the ambush was fake.
In an article that came out in Yahoo! News, Montaño said he did not finish Enrile’s autobiography since “it was full of lies.”
Besides the “fake” ambush, Montaño also claimed that Enrile merely pretended to support President Corazon Aquino in the 1986 snap elections. He claimed Enrile wanted a military junta that he himself would lead.
Santiago said Montaño is willing to testify before the Senate on the matter. “The rule in evidence will apply to Enrile: false in one thing, false in all things. Falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus,” she said.
Santiago will also make a public appearance for the first time when she delivers a speech tomorrow, Tuesday, February 12, at the UP Manila. She will discuss, among others, the consequences in international law of the Tubbataha Reef incident involving the US Navy’s minesweeper.