Ejercito visits Enrile at PNP hospital

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

SENATOR Joseph Victor "JV" Ejercito visited Wednesday detained Senate Minority Floor Leader Juan Ponce Enrile in his hospital suite at the Philippine National Police (PNP) General Hospital in Camp Crame.

Ejercito said the frail condition of his 90-year-old colleague was "very noticeable" but he did not hear any complain from Enrile regarding his current state.

"Never ko siya (Enrile) narinig na umangal. Actually kami ‘yung nahihirapan para sa kanya sa liit ng kanyang kwarto pero with JPE (Enrile) himself, wala siyang angal or whatsoever. Lahat ng dumalaw doon whether doctor, official na mag-rarandom check, lahat pinapasalamatan niya (Enrile)," he said.

"He's very happy with the way the PNP is giving him, the respect and courtesy. Wala siyang angal," Ejercito added.

He said politics was not discussed during his 45-minute visit.

He said he sought for the veteran politician's guidance on current issue particularly the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) fund controversy.

"'Manong, noong isang taon anim tayo, ngayon dahil kayo at si Senator Jinggoy (Estrada) nakadetain na, apat na lang kaming naiwan sa minority tapos 'yung dalawa may kaso pa'," Ejercito said he told Enrile.

"Sabi niya mag-concentrate lang daw sa performance, sa economic numbers, para malaman ang tunay na estado ng ating bansa, so 'yun lang 'yung kanyang concern, ekonomiya," he said.

Ejercito said Enrile was also concerned on the security of the country citing the ongoing dispute in the West Philippine Sea.

Asked why he did not visit his half-brother, Senator Jinggoy Estrada who is detained at the PNP Custodial Center, which is located few meters away from the PNP General Hospital, he said he wanted the "situation to cool down" first before paying him a visit.

Estrada and Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla is Enrile's co-accused in the plunder and graft charges related to the alleged misuse of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

Ejercito earlier signed a Senate committee report recommending the filing of criminal charges against the three senators for allegedly amassing millions of pesos in kickbacks through their PDAF allocations.

"Pag naramdaman kong mejo tamang panahon na at mejo malamig na siguro. Di naman tinago na bago sumurrender si Jinggoy, kami ay hindi nagka intindihin at meron na kaming di pinagkasunduan lalong lalo na ang aking pag-pirma so siguro pag malamig lamig na 'yung sitwasyon ay ako'y dadalaw na rin," he said.

He also cited the tightened visiting rules at the PNP Custodial Center where senators Estrada and Revilla are detained.

"Mejo naghigpit sakanila simula nung may nangyari nung nagkaron ng mejo tumagal ang mga bisita so ayoko naman na maging dahilan pa ng paghihigpit sa kanila," the lawmaker said.

Ejercito said he would seek first the approval of PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima before visiting his brother and colleague in their detention cells. (Sunnex)

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