Jack Enrile: No conspiracy in ComVal shooting
DAVAO ORIENTAL – Cagayan Rep. Jack Enrile on Wednesday said he sees no similarity between the shooting of his police escort's car in Compostela Valley and the controversial ambush of his father, then Defense Secretary Juan Ponce Enrile, in Metro Manila in 1972.
Enrile, who is running for senator under the United Nationalist Alliance, said his father's car was peppered with bullets while only a single bullet struck the front door of the police car escorting his convoy.
"There is no conspiracy theory here," he said in a Philippine Star report. "It’s not deja vu."
Police believe the attackers are members of the New People’s Army.
Enrile said he had not received any death threat prior to the incident, and it looked like the police were the target of the shooting. He also said he did not request for a police escort in Compostela Valley.
"We cannot prevent them from doing so and tell not to come with me," he said.
Enrile said he has no plans of beefing up his security or changing the security system that he is using for his campaign. "We believe that that is an isolated incident and that we’re not the real target."
The shooting on Enrile's convoy drew comparisons to the shooting of martial law administrator Enrile's car in Wack-Wack Subdivision, Mandaluyong City on Sept. 22, 1972.
The ambush was cited by President Ferdinand Marcos as one reason to declare martial law. Enrile later admitted after the 1986 EDSA Revolution that the ambush was staged.
However, in his biography published late last year, he said that the ambush was real.
Ex-Philippine Constabulary general Ramon Montano, who investigated the ambush, debunked Enrile's latest claim and insisted the ambush was fake. Montano was part of the team that investigated the ambush.
"It was fake. I don’t know who faked it but the ambush was fake because when we arrived at the scene of the crime or reported crime I found out that the bullet holes were all neatly aligned. Neatly aligned," he said.
Montano said the alignment of the bullet holes was suspicious since any ambush using an automatic weapon would result in bullet holes “all over the place.”
"But it was neatly aligned and very clear," he said.
"I have done so many investigations in my life. I have (for) so long I stayed in the criminal investigation business and I know at first glance which is fake and which is not fake,” he added. With The Philippine Star