The son of Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile does not mind getting little rest for his campaign.
After all, this is the only thing Cagayan Rep. Juan Ponce “Jack” Enrile can do about the black propaganda hounding his candidacy.
“This is the silly season of politics when people will say or do harmful, hurtful and even the most outrageous things,” Cagayan Rep. Juan Ponce “Jack” Enrile tells Yahoo! Southeast Asia.
“I address it by just carrying on with my campaign. Campaigning harder is the best antidote to that,” he adds.
Enrile, the principal author of Kasambahay Bill in the Lower Congress, is among United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) candidates, who have been religious in doing their out-of-town campaign sorties.
After joining local rallies with the entire UNA slate, Enrile usually stays behind for a couple of days talking to people and local leaders.
Like San Juan City Rep. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito, he also goes to campaign on his own when UNA bets took their weekly day off in the last two months.
“I know that this comes with the territory and one must take it with some patience and equanimity. Mostly I just shake my head in sheer disbelief,” Enrile says.
“I simply shrug them off but admittedly, there are moments wherein I feel hurt especially when I see my family suffer the mendacity and the ruthlessness of the people behind it,” he adds.
In February, Enrile began to slide down from his high ranking in senatorial surveys after various allegations hounded him and his father.
His alleged involvement with the murder of rising actor, Alfie Anido, in 1981 also cropped up along with satirical news items - mostly about his alleged withdrawal from senatorial race - all throughout the campaign.
“It is clear by now that there is a concerted, sustained, and well-funded effort by some parties to prevent me from winning a seat in the Senate,” Enrile admits.
“Unfortunately, there will always be a few ready to believe the worst of these despite the clear evidence to the contrary,” he laments.
But the veteran lawmaker urges voters to look into his accomplishments and what he can do more about his advocacy about food security in the nationwide scale before believing in such information.
Enrile, who filed Filipino First Food Bill in the House of Representatives, developed the Cagayan irrigation system which has dramatically raised agricultural yields and income and spurred local development.