Enrile-Gigi relationship surfaces in Senate probe

Posted at 02/14/2014 3:47 AM | Updated as of 02/14/2014 3:49 AM

MANILA – Senators on Thursday grilled witness Ruby Tuason not just about the pork barrel scam, but also about the alleged romantic relationship between Senator Juan Ponce Enrile and his former chief of staff, Atty. Gigi Reyes.

According to Tuason, there were instances when Enrile fetched Reyes after the delivery of the senator's kickbacks, which usually took place in restaurants.

“Bakit nya sunduin ang chief of staff nya? Ibig sabihin, asawa nya o kerida nya? So why would this man, who is already 90 years old, picking up somebody who is young enough to be his daughter?” Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago asked.

Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, meanwhile, said Enrile and Reyes’s relationship is "common knowledge."

“I won’t describe what their relationship is, but it’s common knowledge, hindi ba? It’s never hidden, they talk about it openly. When I was talking to her she talks about it openly, hindi ba? She talks about him going to their house, having lunch with her mom, when they go out… so the only question is was the money being kept by her, or was it going to Senator Enrile?” Cayetano asked Tuason.

Cayetano also asked about the lawyer’s lifestyle, when she and Tuason met during the supposed deliveries of the senator’s commissions.

“What about her lifestyle? For example when you meet anong klase ang mga bag nya? Hermes? And how much is a Hermes bag? At least yung klase na gamit nya?” he asked.

“I don't have one, but I think it’s something like $10,000,” Tuason said.

Tuason also told Cayetano she knew that Reyes lives in La Vista, but that she had never been to her house.

This elicited another reaction from Santiago.

“Gigi Reyes lives in No. 2 Yakal St., La Vista, Quezon City. I live in No. 6 Bagobo St., La Vista, Quezon City, but those two streets are parallel to each other and my guards are in the habit of saying, 'the Enrile house' when they point to that direction,” Santiago said.

Meanwhile, another name surfaced in connection with Enrile at Reyes, a certain businesswoman by the name of Alice Eduardo.

“Kakilala mo ba si Alice Eduardo? Pareho kayong negosyante,” Santiago asked Tuason, to which the latter replied, “She lives a block away from me.”

“There are interlocking directorships between the corporation of Alice Eduardo and the corporation where the mother, the brothers etc of Gigi Reyes are members of the board. Ngayon, kung ganun yun, ito palang Alice Eduardo na ito, may relasyon pala ito kay Enrile dahil where Gigi Reyes is, can Enrile be far behind?” Santiago said. - report from Ron Gagalac, ABS-CBN News