To most Filipino, Juan Ponce Enrile was just another aged old politician and an indelible figure in shaping Philippine political history. But many doesn’t know the real Johnny Enrile other than his wife for 56 years, Cristina.
In a rare no holds bar interview by Winnie Monsod in her show ‘Bawal Ang Pasaway Kay Mareng Winnie’ which aired last March 3, 2014 in GMA-7, Cristina bared her life with the man who was regarded as one of the Philippine’s longest running politician in office, Johnny Ponce Enrile.
His marriage with Cristina bore him two children, Jack and Katrina. Cristina was a former ambassadress to the Vatican. Enrile’s roots were from Cagayan and his heritage runs nobility coming from one of the Philippine’s martyr Mariano Ponce. Born out of wedlock from one of his father’s flamboyant affairs to a certain Petra Furagganan, the stepdaughter of a poor local fisherman who fell for his then already famous lawyer father, Alfonso in 1923. Juan Ponce Enrile was born on Valentine’s day of the following year, 1924. His half-sister is none other than the Philippine sultry singer and actress Armida Siguion-Reyna.
Unknown to many, Cristina’s married life with Johnny was no bed of roses. Having married a famous man and husband, she had her share of the roller coaster ride with him and have learned how to deal with Manong Johnny’s many escapades. She got enraged whenever she heard about relationship and affairs of her husband. She even recalled letting loose a few bullets at the gate of his paramour. She shambled and threw everything she can laid her hands on Manong Johnny’s legal papers during confrontations.
Only a few of Manong Johnny’s acquaintances can calm her and that include Manong Johnny’s former aide, Gringo Honasan and in one instance Sen. Edgardo Angara. But despite everything she has come to accept Juan Ponce Enrile’s whims even his much publicized affair with his former Chief of Staff Jessica Lucila ‘Gigi’ Gonzales-Reyes.
March 12th, 2014 by admin | No Comments »