By: Elena Grace Flores
The life story of Senator Juan Ponce Enrile written by a former UP activist explains everything from his childhood – and clarifies why he administered the RAM quest on letting former President Ferdinand E. Marcos step down. It also explained how he got appointed to Cory Aquino’s administration then blamed for Coups d’etats that Senator Gringo Honasan was involved then – when he has nothing to do with them. A true battle of political survival that aims only to protect the people regardless of his fate. He must have done the right thing because at his very ripe age now, he is still as sharp as ever and finally gets to enjoy the beauty of family life. This video says it all:
Youtube video by; Marjingoy Paras
[VIDEO]: JOHNNY “THE JUAN PONCE ENRILE” STORY
Pres.Ferdinand E. Marcos & United States President Lyndon B Johnson at Manila Summit Conference with other Six Nation’s Leaders.
Marcos is More than a Brother to Enrile
It was Marcos who invited Enrile to join him in politics when the strongman was still a senator. He believed in him as a leader. They never had conflicts and Marcos is always concerned with his safety and vice versa. Enrile’s split from his government has nothing to do with the former president but because of some people around him especially the ones related to him. The military already disunited when many powerful figures form factions that divide the regime.
Administration of EDSA Revolt
As the Defense Minister during the EDSA revolution, he can only direct the military to protect the Marcoses and make sure that there’s no bloodshed. He thinks that it was necessary for Marcos to step down at that point because his and his family’s lives were in danger. Insurgencies were becoming out of control after Ninoy Aquino was assassinated. He still feels for Marcos until this very moment. This is why he continued his support ti his son, Bongbong Marcos, seeing the leadership traits of his father.
Joining Corazon Aquino was not his Choice
Enrile is Confident that he never Oppressed Anybody
Now, here’s the answer to those human rights victims. The late president Marcos gave all the powers to Enrile to implement orders to the military in accordance to the law. Marcos relied on him on legal matters and would never want to do something that is against the law. Enrile made sure of that – that’s why he’s confident that whatever was ordered, they were not human rights abuses. The police brutality that happened during those times were the doings of “corrupted humans” that happened to be in the law enforcement.