Sotto: Probe JPE book, we'll also probe Da Vinci Code

Posted at 02/13/13 5:02 PM

MANILA - While Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile is open to a probe into his controversial memoir, his allies have already raised concerns about such an investigation.

Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III said the plan of Senator Miriam Santiago to investigate the alleged “brazen false claims” of Enrile in his book “Juan Ponce Enrile: A Memoir” would be a waste of time.

Should such a probe be done, Sotto said the Senate might as well also investigate the claims in Dan Brown’s book Da Vinci Code.

Published in 2003 by author Dan Brown, the book takes a look at supposedly cryptic messages behind the painter’s artworks, leading to an analysis that Jesus could have had a lineage via a marriage with Mary Magdalene.

Re-electionist senator Francis Escudero said he respects Santiago’s rights, but he begged off from joining the call for a probe. He said there are other more important matters that need to be looked into.

In justifying her call, Santiago said she had always believed that Enrile faked his ambush while going home to Dasmariñas Village in 1972, thus laying the basis for the proclamation of martial law.

In Enrile's memoirs, published by ABS-CBN Publishing, Enrile says the ambush was real.

She said Enrile may have committed any of the several crimes punishable by the Revised Penal Code, such as: unlawful use of means of publication, falsification by public officer of a document, or falsification by private individual. – with reports from Ruby Tayag, dzMM