MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago confirmed Wednesday that she and Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile had a falling-out during the administration of President Corazon Aquino.
The senator said Enrile became resentful because she was appointed immigration commissioner by President Aquino. She said Enrile, one of the administrators of martial law under President Ferdinand Marcos, was very jealous of Cory when she became president after the 1986 EDSA Revolution.
"Enrile was very jealous of President Cory because he thought that after [President] Marcos, he should take over. Remember, he was administrator of the martial law administration for 20 years. It's very difficult to leave power. When President Cory came in, he was very jealous and envious that an ordinary housewife with no background, with no significant undergraduate degree should take over," she said.
"And then he heard that I had accepted a position under President Cory. My first position was immigration commissioner for which I won the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Government Service. That did not stop Enrile telling people that I was corrupt. But I had already been vetted and screened by the members of The Magsaysay Awards Foundation without my knowledge, so that is my main claim to fame."
"Galit siya dahil sa tingin niya, iniwan ko siya. He's very, very possessive."
Santiago admitted that she asked Enrile to become a sponsor at her wedding. She said Enrile was a no-show at her wedding.
She also denied that it was Enrile who hired her in the Department of Justice, saying that it was Undersecretary Efren Plana who asked her to join the DOJ.
ANC Headstart, January 16, 2013