At 88, Enrile wants to be tech savvy


Senate President Juan Ponce-Enrile

MANILA, Philippines—For Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, learning is never too late.

In his own words, he said he was taking a crash course on how to use the computer and the Internet “at the ripe old age of 88” and put his new knowledge to good use in discussing the controversial Cybercrime Law.

Addressing the alumni of the University of the Philippines College of Law as its homecoming’s guest speaker Friday night, Enrile, a member of the class of 1953, admitted he was no techie.

Enrile said that after he defended a “colleague” against charges of online plagiarism, referring to Senator Vicente Sotto III, he had to ask his staff to brief him on what “blogging” was all about.

“I don’t know how to Google; I don’t know how to tweet and how to use Facebook. All these are inventions of the new world that has emerged rapidly and now engulfing this country,” Enrile said.

“The only thing I knew about my computer was to use it like a typewriter but it served me well in the four years it took me to write my memoir. And so… at the ripe old age of 88, I know I have to take a crash course on… these new and fantastic ways of communication and publication via the Internet,” he added.

“I promise you, I will soon have more enlightened views on the issues and controversies that the Cybercrime Law has spawned,” Enrile told the UP Law alumni, many of whom were non-tech-savvy lawyers like him.

The Supreme Court has issued a temporary order stopping the implementation of the Cybercrime Law in light of charges it infringed on the freedom of expression.

Aside from Enrile, other prominent alumni seen by the Philippine Daily Inquirer at the homecoming were former Chief Justice Reynato Puno, GMA-7 owner Felipe Gozon, Supreme Court Justices Antonio Carpio and Teresita Leonardo-de Castro, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, former Ombudsman Simeon Marcelo, and former Defense Secretary Avelino Cruz.

Also present was newly appointed Supreme Court Justice Marvic Leonen.

Enrile congratulated Leonen, the youngest to be appointed to the high court at 49, in his speech.

He said that Leonen’s appointment came on the heels of another “historical first for the UP College of Law,” the appointment of Ma. Lourdes Sereno as the first woman and youngest chief justice of the Supreme Court.

“Justice Marvic Leonen made us all proud,” Enrile said. “The Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro raised much hope… for lasting, peaceful solutions in Mindanao.”

He said President Benigno Aquino III made a “good decision” in appointing Leonen to the Supreme Court.

Enrile said he believed the President would designate a new government chief negotiator with the same qualities as Leonen.

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  • mannager

    You should have been retired long time ago enough is enough… You are like a person who could not Finnish high school .. If someone is doing good he or she would definitely reach its goal on time. And would then be retiring on time and be able to pass and let deserving younger generation to take control… Definitely learning was to late to an old ages like you… Instead it should be done by young generation to continue . That’s the way life goes…..

  • carlorocci

    He wants to be tech savvy…Para mamonitor nya yun lupaing nya sa Sta Ana, Cagayan, na bimili nya ng murang-mura na ngayon ay mahal na dahil nagpagawa sya ng daan, mula sa kanyan pork barrel, gaya lang ni Senator Bilyar….

  • jeffrey_01

    Mr. Enrile just kick the bucket. Don’t add more to your list and spare us of being unhappy.


    Enrile is nothing but a fool living a fantasy life of deceit and murder. There is nothing on the man that is close to humanity and is a living proof of our evil ways. He a dying breed of legacy computers made of vacuum tubes

  • jayemdee_412

    Gusto ko ako ay magturo kay Senate President Enrile na maging tech savvy para may pagkakataon akong mabigyan ng “lecture” kasama sermon pag hindi niya agad maintindihan ang mga tinuturo ko. Kasi pagdating sa batas di mo siya maiisahan sa sobrang talino kaya maski man lang paraan eto maangatan ko siya. Peace to all.

  • basyong

    this man should be buried alive so he can finally rest in peace.the better place for him is six feet under and people can already tell what he smells.

    • Eva Torres

      i never stop hating this man kaya nag hihirap ang ating bansa

  • gatdila

    This man is living a life of lies. 88 is bulls…more likely 98. 

  • NY_Pinoy

    At 88, just retire far, far, away.  We are still hoping you go to prison for your crimes, but I have to admit that you are way too astute for that.  Seeing you presiding over our nation’s Senate is excruciating pain for justice-loving Pinoys anywhere.

    • hopelovefaith

      I feel the same way.  The Filipinos have long suffered under the likes of Enrile.  News like this put salt on the wounds that was inflicted on us by the Marcos regime.

  • brentcom

    enrile at 88 must go to hell. he is nothing but full of lies and deceit

  • Abdul Rashid

    Hoy Enrile, at 88 hindi ka pa nag retire? Wala ka namang legacy na ipagiwan sa mamayan kondi human rights violations.About face and march out! 

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