At the age of 94, former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile announced on Tuesday, October 16 that he will be seeking a Senatorial seat in the 2019 midterm elections.
Enrile already filed his certificate of candidacy through his lawyer, Joseph Sagandoy this afternoon. He noted that he will be running for the sake of sharing ‘to the people how to solve the country’s problems,’ which he studied for the past three years.
Enrile also said that he wanted to debate in the issue of federalism and would primarily use social media to campaign.
It can be recalled that the 94-year-old lawyer once again captured the public eye over his tête-à-tête with former Senator Bongbong Marcos Jr., son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. In their conversation uploaded online, Enrile clarified several points regarding the Martial Law era after it was tagged as the darkest part of the Philippine history.
Enrile was the former defense minister under the Marcos regime. He was first elected senator in 1987 and was re-elected for a second term in 1995. In 2004, Enrile made a comeback bid for his third Senate term and was re-elected for a fourth term in 2010.
If ever he wins this term, Enrile will be entering his fifth tenure in the Senate.