C-5 drama heats up

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile chats with Sen. Aquilino Pimentel after Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago walked out of a Senate plenary session yesterday.

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile chats with Sen. Aquilino Pimentel after Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago walked out of a Senate plenary session yesterday.

MANILA, Philippines – In yet another twist to the controversy that has divided the Senate and opened up old wounds, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile said yesterday Sen. Manuel Villar Jr. offered him “help” in return for killing the investigation into the C-5 road scandal.

“He was trying to buy me off, I suppose in exchange for a very favorable decision,” Enrile said at a press conference, referring to what had reportedly transpired in a meeting with Villar at a Makati hotel in August last year.

Enrile briefly excused himself from the press briefing to take medication for hypertension, saying he felt his blood pressure shoot up.

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