Monday, April 29, 2013
JACKIE ENRILE: FORGET ANIDO, LET'S UNITE AND MOVE ON
In a press conference held today in Bulan town, Sorsogon, senatorial aspirant Jack Enrile today urged his opponents to “stop the sinister allegations” for the sake of national unity.
Enrile, a first-term congressman from the 1st district of Cagayan, has been hounded by murder allegations concerning Alfie Anido and several others over the course of his young political career.
Anido, 21, was a rising star in the entertainment industry when he died from gunshot wounds after a spat with his girlfriend Katrina Ponce Enrile, Jackie's sister.
“The prescriptive period in the Anido murder case has lapsed. Let's move on for the sake of national unity,” said the son and namesake of Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile.
Murder cases in the Philippines have a prescriptive period of 20 years. The alleged murder of Alfie Anido happened on December 30, 1981, more than 31 years ago.
“Preventing me from serving the Filipino people as a senator will not bring Alfie back to life. It's better that we stick to the issues at hand,” said Jackie Enrile, who is running on a platform of food sufficiency.
“Something that happened three decades ago does not define who I am today; as they say, the past is past,” insisted the younger Enrile, “what matters now is for us to unite and help me provide food on the table of every Filipino”.
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