Saturday, April 19, 2014
Who is the Real Johnny?
Juan Ponce Enrile (Tagalog pronunciation: [hu'an pon'se en'ɾile]), (born Juanito Furagganan, later Juanito Ponce; 14 February 1924) is a Filipino politician. As a protégé of President Ferdinand Marcos, he served as Justice Secretary and then Defense Minister under the Marcos regime. He later became one of the leaders (along with General Fidel V. Ramos) of the 1986 People Power Movement that drove Marcos from power. Enrile has continued to be a prominent politician since then; he was President of the Senate of the Philippines from November 2008 until his resignation on June 5, 2013. From Wikipedia
His birth place:Gonzaga is a first class municipality in the province of Cagayan, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, Gonzaga has a population of 36,303 people.
Gonzaga is primarily an agricultural municipality, with more than half of the workforce employed primarily as either farmers or fishers. Approximately 5,500 hectares (14,000 acres) of agricultural land are currently under production, the majority of which are dedicated to rice farming. From Wikipedia
The humble roots of Juanito Furagganan
By Larry Henares:
In a small barrio in the sleepy coastal town of Gonzaga in the province of Cagayan, he was born and baptized Juanito Furruganan, son of a peasant woman called Petra Furruganan.
He later transferred to Aparri and enrolled at the Cagayan Valley Institute.
He was good in math, wanted to be a scientist, and earned extra money by tutoring the daughter of one of the richest men in town. Rich bullies, consumed by jealousy, beat him up within an inch of his life.
He complained to the authorities who advised him to forget the incident, or get thrown out of town. He felt outraged and betrayed; and it was this sense of injustice that induced him to abandon science and take up law. He had not met his father who in turn did not even know he existed. Juanito decided to go to Manila and confront his father. To raise the transportation money, he worked as a road construction laborer and a fisherman. Finally at the age of 19, he came to Manila.
One look at Juanito Furruganan and Don Alfonso Ponce Enrile knew this was his son. He is the spitting image of his father, he has the same broad toothy smile, lined cheeks, rough-hewn Castilian features, and most of all an unruly lock of hair that kept falling down his brow, and another that kept standing up at the back of his head.
He was a chip off the old block if there ever was one, and Don Alfonso, a gentle person ever a gentleman, took him in as his son, made him work in the law firm, and sent him to the best schools, Ateneo, U.P. Law School and Harvard.
His name is now Juan Ponce Enrile.
He is a paradox, a bundle of contradictions, a mystery wrapped around a riddle inside an enigma.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Enrile: "I've never been known for betrayal"
The Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde film tells the story of Dr. Henry Jekyll (Fredric March), a kind English doctor in Victorian London who is certain that within each man lurks impulses for both good and evil.
Can you guess the Filipino politician who has a similar personality?
Juanito Furagganan, later Juan Ponce Enrile
"He is a paradox, a bundle of contradictions, a mystery wrapped around a riddle inside an enigma. " Larry Henares
His Finest Moment:The Corona Impeachment
"I am not oblivious to the possible political repercussions of the final verdict we are called upon to render today. I am deeply concerned that the people may just so easily ignore, forget, if not completely miss out, the hard lessons we all must learn from this episode, instead of grow and mature as citizens of a democratic nation."
Excerpt of JPE's Speech in the Corona Impeachment
A good mentor to young senators!
"JUAN PONCE ENRILE…public servant, politician, friend, boss…but first and foremost…A LOVING FATHER. When he takes you under his wings, he will love and protect you at all cost…with self-abandon and self-sacrifice. "
Gigi Reyes (Facebook)
In a statement, Enrile said in 1998, “What is totally false and malicious are the reports in the press and the rumor mills that the cause of our marital difficulties is an alleged relationship between me and my Chief of Staff, lawyer Gigi Reyes. There is no relationship, other than an official and professional one.”
"To be happy does not mean to indulge in foolishness!"
In an affidavit submitted by Merlina Suñas, among the witnesses in the PDAF scam, Reyes is mentioned as being among the recipients of commissions given by Napoles to legislators and their staff.
"Ang porsiyento naman ni Atty Gigi Reyes ay pinapadala ni Madame Jenny kay Fernando Ramirez o kay John Raymund de Asis sa bahay ni Atty Reyes mismo," Suñas said. (The commission of Atty Gigi Reyes is given by Madame Jenny [Napoles] to Fernando Ramirez or John Raymund de Asis to be delivered to the house of Atty Reyes herself.)
"We will be known forever by the tracks we leave"