Cristina returned without conditions. She just kept quiet, she said.
"So you love him," said Monsod. Cristina responded, "I think the word is an affection that I have because he is the father of my children. I respect him for that."
But JPE's affair with Gigi continued. "For a while, they lay low," she said.
But they supposedly ended it after that. "I dont' think it's an affair anymore. It's a necessity. He needs her for his work," she said.
Their son, Juan Ponce "Jackie" Enrile Jr, interfered. "My son interfered. I don't know [what he did]. He didn't tell me. He just said, 'Mama, I will take care of it.'"
JPE and Cristina now live in different houses. But Cristina said this is because of JPE's books. He's got too many books and she said it's better that he moved to the place vacated by Jackie so he can have more space.
"We are more than great friends. I cannot express it in words. There is a mutual respect," she said. She said she has forgiven him wholeheartedly.
Reyes and the pork barrel scam
Reyes resigned as JPE's chief of staff in January 2013, following a word war with Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, who delivered a privilege speech detailing her hold on then Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile.
Cayetano said JPE discriminated against him in the Senate because of Reyes, who, he said, was the best friend of the wife of retired Supreme Court Justice Dante Tinga, who ran for Taguig mayor in 2013 against Cayetano's wife Lani. Tinga lost but contested the results before the Commission on Elections.
JPE tried to persuade her to change her mind to no avail. (READ: JPE on Gigi Reyes: I trust her. I want her back)
The pork barrel scam later exploded after the elections. Reyes was among the respondents named in the complaint filed by the justice department before the Office of the Ombudsman on September 16. Recently, whistleblower Ruby Tuason named Reyes as the woman who received kickbacks for JPE. (READ: Tuason unsure Enrile knew of kickbacks)
Cristina defends JPE
While she admitted she has not been involved in her husband's political career – she doesn't even read the newspapers anymore except for the headlines – Cristina defended her husband both from charges he is involved in the pork barrel scam and from allegations he is running a smuggling mafia in Cagayan.
On allegations that he is the mastermind of the pork scam, she said: "I don't believe that. I don't think that Johhny is that stupid."
On smuggling allegations, she said: "I can vouch for it. From the very beginning, he said – I was present in the meeting – he said, 'I don't want to know that anybody tries to smuggle anything, even toothpick.'"
But Cristina admitted that she regretted JPE's decision to join government and serve Marcos. "Frankly speaking, yes."
Cristina said JPE lost a lot of income when he joined government. "He was lawyering even for the American people.... The P300 improved as the years went by. Why will you get into a government job that gives you such a low pay?" she said.
JPE, who would serve as the defense minister of Marcos, was the known implementor of Martial Law. He junked Marcos to join the People Power Revolution that installed Corazon Aquino as president, but he was later charged with rebellion when he was accused of masterminding the coups against her administration. He would leave Aquino's Cabinet and later win a seat in the Senate.
Now 90 years old, JPE has had a long political career. In the eyes of Cristina, JPE is incorruptible. "No, I don't think so. Sometimes he would accept gifts from people whom he has helped. Expensive gifts, yes, but that is about all. Money, no," she told Monsod.
"He always served his positions in government with intelligence, sobriety, and with a full heart. He did his work," she added.
But Cristina was unable to respond when she was asked about the ambush that supposedly targeted JPE, and which prompted then President Ferdinand Marcos to declare Martial Law. JPE admitted that it was staged although he would later deny this.
"I dont' really know too much about it. It was not very important for me to... I cannot really explain myself. I don't really know," she said. – Rappler.com