Santiago urges Gigi Reyes to turn witness vs Enrile

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

LAWYER Jessica "Gigi" Reyes, former chief of staff and rumored mistress of Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile, should turn state witness against his boss, Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago said Thursday.

"I feel that her best revenge would be to return the money that Enrile stole because I'm sure that Atty. Gigi is in charge of the safeekeeping of these funds and then turn the tables against Enrile by coming home and turning state witness," Santiago said at the pork barrel scam hearing of the Senate Blue Ribbon committee.

Reyes flew out of the country last year after being dragged in the multi-billion pork barrel controversy.

Santiago said she feels Reyes is being depicted as a "standalone culprit" by Enrile and his wife, Cristina.

"The Enrile camp is engaged in a lurid scheme that was masterminded by a person I can only call a sexually-dysfunctional old man, a pedophile," the senator said.

In a television interview, Mrs. Enrile confirmed rumors that her husband had an affair with his chief-of-staff.

"I had heard that she was already too long. He has had many girls before Gigi but they don't last too long. With Gigi, it lasted long," Mrs. Enrile said, adding that it was the reason why she asked for a divorce.

Mrs. Enrile also said he does not believe her husband is involved in the pork barrel scam "because I don't think Johnny is that stupid."

Enrile is accused of plunder before the Office of the Ombudsman for allegedly pocketing some of his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) allocation.

Dennis Cunanan, former director general of the Technology Resource Center (TRC), said he finds it difficult to believe that Enrile was unaware of the dubious transactions involving his PDAF.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said TRC is one of the four identified government agencies where pork barrel funds are allegedly diverted to.

"Mahirap paniwalaan na hindi niya alam ang nangyari...May mga sulat ang COA (Commission on Audit) na nagrerequest kay Senator Enrile na mag-verify ng signatures at inaccept ito ni Senator Enrile na valid," Cunanan said.

Cunanan testified before the Senate Blue Ribbon committee that he personally talked to Reyes to verify Enrile's signatures in PDAF documents.

"I had the impression that being the chief of staff, the senator would know," he said.

Cunanan also said he had phone conversations with Senators Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. and Jinggoy Estrada. The two senators are also accused of plunder before the Office of the Ombudsman. (Sunnex)

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