Speculation surrounding Jack Enrile’s allegedly homicidal past rage as more Wikileaks cables emerge

jack_enrileAs expected, Cagayan Congressman Jack Enrile who is running for a Senate seat in the coming elections is “vehemently” denying his role in the shooting of Ernest Lucas Jr during a soiree (a party organised between classes in exclusive private gorls’ and boys’ high schools) in San Lorenzo Village in Makati back in 1975. The charges against Enrile were dropped after his bodyguard Danilo Cruz “confessed to accidentally shooting Lucas Jr.” According to Fr. Robert Reyes, activist and uncle of Lucas Jr, the incident “wasn’t really properly investigated. (Cruz) eventually was just transferred (to another assignment). He was not jailed..”

Enrile’s father is current Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile who in 1975 was the Philippines’ Defense Minister and the “chief martial law enforcer” of then President Ferdinand E Marcos. The elder Enrile was regarded as Marcos’s right-hand man and, as such, one of the Philippines’ most powerful men. “It was dangerous to cross paths with Enrile at that time,” according to Reyes.

The scandal came to light again after transcripts of supposedly confidential cables sent and received in 1975 at the height of the scandal by the United States Embassy in Manila were exposed by whistleblower site Wikileaks. The cables revealed various diplomats’ opinion on and intepretations of the events transpiring at the time.

Then US Ambassador to the Philippines William H. Sullivan in another cable revealed by Wikileaks dated after the the prosecution withdrew their case against Enrile described Jack’s behaviour during the prior proceedings and included an account of what he knew of about the events that led to Lucas’s death…

“Jackie did not even appear in person at hearings since he was ‘attending classes.’ While taking sworn statement accords with recognized Philippine procedure, in cases of this importance, witnesses are normally interrogated in person by investigating fiscal. Government relied on his deposition,” Sullivan said.

In another cable, the ambassador said Lucas Jr. was killed after he escorted his sister to the party at San Lorenzo Village on the night of Sept. 20, which Jack Enrile also attended. Reyes said it was a soiree for high school students from St. Paul and Ateneo de Manila.

“Lucas reportedly asked to be admitted as well but was told (the) party (was) private. Lucas and three companions returned later to pick up Lucas’ sister. During unexplained altercation, Lucas was shot in the head by Enrile Jr.’s security guard. He died five hours later,” Sullivan said.

Congressman Jack Enrile dismissed these revelations as “demolition jobs” perpetrated by his political rivals and his United Nationalist Alliance party issued a statement calling former Ambassador Sullivan a tsismoso or rumour-mongerer.

In a statement, UNA secretary general and campaign manager Toby Tiangco said the former US Ambassador to the Philippines did not provide any evidence to support his allegation that the young Enrile was responsible for the murder of Ernest Lucas Jr.

“He admitted it was based on rumors circulating at that time. In short, tsismis lang, and the former ambassador was being ‘tsismoso’ when he passed on to Washington this piece of gossip,” Tiangco said.

Enrile himself also dismissed the reports.

“Please note that Sullivan states that the basis of his report were rumors and hearsay. I believe I have answered this before thoroughly in print, TV, radio and the internet and would like to move forward talking about my advocacies and what we together can and should do for our country and our people,” he said.

Jack Enrile has been linked to other mysterious violent deaths including the controversial “suicide” death of movie star Alfie Anido in 1981 — something that he and his father reportedly attempted to “bury”.

The late Alfie Anido with starlet Dina Bonnevie

The late Alfie Anido with starlet Dina Bonnevie

Alfie Anido was dubbed as one of the Regal Babies, along with then-young actors such as Gabby Concepcion, William Martinez, Albert Martinez, Jimi Melendez, Maricel Soriano, Snooky Serna and Dina Bonnevie. He was famously linked with Bonnevie, his co-star in the 1980 camp classic Temptation Island.

Enrile also denies shooting Anido although admits that his account of the incident differs from his father’s

The older Enrile earlier wrote in his memoir that his son did not go to Anido’s house when the suicide happened.

“My account is actual. I was actually there. He probably did not know. He was probably trying to recall. You know, these memoirs, he started writing these memoirs I think in 2002, roughly 20 years after. He was at that time; he is 89 now, he was 79 so memories tend not to be fresh. But for me, these things actually happened to me so I know,” he said.

To date, an air of mystery still surrounds the circumstances behind Anido’s death. The official version, contemporaneously reported in the mainstream Manila media, was that Anido had shot himself in a suicide. This version has not been officially or authoritatively contradicted to this day. However, immediately after his death, rumors quickly spread that Anido was actually murdered, and that such fact was covered up owing to the prominence of the personalities allegedly involved. Fingers started pointing to the direction of the family of ex-girlfriend Katrina, Jack’s sister and daughter of Enrile Sr. Other versions on the death of Anido were printed in the alternative press such as the Philippine Collegian, the official student organ of the University of the Philippines, a hotbed of anti-Marcos activism. While the rumor that Alfie Anido was murdered still persists, with the aura of an urban legend, the fact remains that no evidence has been put forth to rebut the official version of a suicide.

[NB: Parts of this article were lifted from the Wikipedia.org article “Alfie Anido” in a manner compliant to the terms stipulated in the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License that governs usage of content made available in this site.]

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11 Responses to Speculation surrounding Jack Enrile’s allegedly homicidal past rage as more Wikileaks cables emerge

  1. Libertas says:

    Jack enrile says his opponents are doing a demolition job on him!
    Makes a change – normally him or his goons are the ones to do a demolition job, but with guns.

    Jack enrile trying to pretend to be an upstanding member of the community and a hard working congressman is as laughable as kris aquino pretending to be attempted raped, bam aquino pretending to be a harvard alumnus, or p-noy aquino pretending to know what day of the week it is.

    It’s more lies in the philippines.

    And jack enrile doen’t need any help to expose his thuggery, the obnoxious prat does it all by himself.

  2. Jon Limjap says:

    Alfie’s younger brother is an acquaintance of mine. The family refuses to talk about the incident to this day.

  3. Johnny Saint says:

    There certainly is a lot of circumstantial evidence. Look at the list:

    Enrile’s bodyguard Danilo Cruz shoots Ernest Cruz, son of then Navy Commander Ernesto Cruz, at a high school soirée.

    Then there’s the killing of a certain Santillan in 1980, allegedly because he refused to move his jeep that was blocking Enrile’s car.

    His bodyguard kills businessman Ricardo Manalad, Jr. after the latter allegedly stepped on Enrile’s foot at the Stargazer Disco in Silahis Hotel in June 1981.

    Then Enrile’s bodyguards supposedly killed two Philippine Navy men at a car park in September 1982.

    Makes you wonder — Where the devil is he getting these bodyguards?

    • Aegis-Judex says:

      “There certainly is a lot of circumstantial evidence.”

      Which would probably count for squat in Philippine courts.😦

      As long as Jack Enrile maintains good publicity, he’ll get away with all of it.

  4. Glenn says:

    He will still get elected and there is nothing anyobe will be able to do about it. Watch, even if he loses he will win!

    • Aegis-Judex says:

      Such is the unfortunate nature of our justice system. And a few people wonder why vigilantism exists.

      • Glenn says:

        U R correct sir!if you are severely wronged in a country like the Philippines, and you want justice, HA!!!looks like D.I.Y. is the only option that will come anywhere near ‘justice’.

        What else are you suppossed to do?

        and it certainly sounds to me like a certain ‘spoiled brat’ never got his ass-kicked good enough by dear old Dad to be taught to respect others.Such Neanderthals deserve what they always eventually get.

        I’d bet he is a punk-ass when he is by himself.

  5. Johnny Saint says:

    “While the rumor that Alfie Anido was murdered still persists, with the aura of an urban legend, the fact remains that no evidence has been put forth to rebut the official version of a suicide.”

    That’s the gist of it really. No alternative theory of the case, just wild speculation based on Enrile’s notoriety.

    How about this one: Enrile intimidated Alfie Anido, frightened him into committing suicide. That way he could claim he had no control nor even foreknowledge of Anido’s act. It just turned out to be an outcome he didn’t necessarily disagree with if Anido was beating his sister.

  6. Lord Chimera says:

    That is quite a skeleton in one’s closet isn’t it? Kinda makes one worry that some of our misguided voters is going to put a candidate with homicidal tendencies in office.

  7. Libertas says:

    Someone should analyse how many senators/congressmen/cabinet officials have had court cases of one sort or another.
    60 – 70% would be my guess.
    No wonder the courts are clogged up. They use up all the time/resources with endless MR’s, appeals etc.
    Regrettably few are convicted – bribes, witnesses disappear/ bought off/ leave the country/ become ill etc. Always political harrassment by these paragons of virtue.
    Has a filipino politician ever admitted to doing anything wrong.
    It must be the most honest country in the world, or the most corrupt.

    • Libertas says:

      P-noys cabinet
      A thief
      An embezzler
      A money launderer
      A cheat
      A drunk
      A murderer
      A liar
      A communist
      A traitor
      An incompetent
      An adulterer
      A gay

      Many multi-task when it comes to corruption and vice.

      Only a fugitive is missing – oh wait pinky lacson is back and so an obvious candidate for a cabinet post. It would complete the house of thieves. A full hand

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