Press Release
August 3, 2009

Transcript of SP Enrile's interview after committee hearing
on "Disappearing Load"

Q: Sir, anong masasabi n'yo sa pag resign ni Atty. Ruel Canobas as NTC Commissioner?

SP: I don't think he was under pressure. Kusang- loob siyang nag resign dahil maysakit 'yung asawa niya.

Q: Sir, how about 'yung 300- megawatt natural gas plant ng PNOC, will it be affected by your bill?

SP: Yes, it will be covered dahil indigenous gas 'yun. But we will respect the 60-40 participation or sharing.

Q: Sir, have you decided to come doon po sa burol ni former Pres. Cory Aquino?

SP: I have written Sen. Noynoy Aquino about it. It's a personal thing to me. I hope you will respect that.

Q: Sir, tinanggihan ng Aquino family 'yung state funeral...

SP: That is their right to choose what kind of funeral their mother will have. We should not put any color to that. Let us leave it to them and respect their decision.

Q: Sir, parang na- offend si Kris Aquino dahil tinanggal 'yung presidential security ni Pres. Cory noong nasa hospital na siya...

SP: I did not know about it. But then the president is entitled to a security detail. That's by law. When I was secretary of defense, I used to maintain security for Pres. Diosdado Macapagal. I think all former presidents are entitled to a security provided by the government.

Q: Parang hiningan pa raw ng paliwanag bakit kailangang ma- retain 'yung security for Pres. Cory...

SP: Hindi ko alam. Sinong gumawa? Hindi na gawa ng presidente 'yun. That is done in the lower level, at least, in the level of the secretary of national defense.

Q: Sir, dapat ba talagang ipaliwanag ng pamilya ng former president kung bakit kailangan pa ng security ni Pres. Cory?

SP: Ang dapat ay ipaliwanag doon sa pamilya ng former president kung bakit tatanggalin na yung presidential guards provided by the government. You cannot just withdraw the security of a former president. Let the agencies concerned explain.

Q: Sir, my Joint Resolution daw po na gusto ideklarang Cory Aquino Day 'yung birthday niya na January 25

SP: Sino?

Q: Si Sen. Roxas daw po. SP: Titingnan namin 'yun mamaya.

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