Did JPE fund MNLF siege? Palace mum
MANILA - Malacañang has declined to comment for now on the allegation of Senator Miriam Santiago that Senator Juan Ponce Enrile bankrolled the Moro National Liberation Front's attack in Zamboanga.
"At this point, it would be prudent for us not to comment muna on those particular allegations given na meron ding ongoing investigation. As you know, the President asked some officials to look into the possibility na meron bang nag-finance or meron bang tumutulong," deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said.
Santiago earlier accused Enrile of being the culprit behind the attacks in Zamboanga City and Commission on Audit (COA) office in Quezon City.
She alleged Enrile did this to divert attention from his alleged culpability in the pork barrel scam.
She cited information from the Magdalo group of former military rebels that some P40 million have already been spent for the Zamboanga City caper of Nur Misuari and his MNLF faction.
“According to the whistleblowers, Enrile reportedly gave some P400M of his PDAF to Napoles NGOs. Thus, in the buzzing public mind, Enrile could easily afford to spend P40M on the Zamboanga rebellion as a diversionary tactic. The public should consider his background as defense secretary during martial law, with a proclivity for coddling former police and military officials, and a feckless ambition to rewrite history,” Santiago said.
ABS-CBN News sought Enrile's reaction to Santiago's allegations, but his lawyer, Enrique dela Cruz, declined to comment.
Santiago also believes Enrile is behind the privilege speech of Senator Jinggoy Estrada, who questioned the alleged irregularities in the disbursement of her pork funds including those of Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, Sen. Francis Pangilinan, and Sen. Manny Villar.