10 things you may not know about JPE

On February 14, Juan Ponce Enrile – one of the most decorated and controversial politicians in the country – turns a year older. He was born in 1924.

He was a key player in both the start of Martial Law in 1972, and the end of the Marcos regime which was marked by the 1986 People Power Revolution.

In 2012, Enrile voted guilty during former Chief Justice Renato Corona's impeachment trial, over which he presided. The following year, he said he was "not guilty" in a pork barrel scam that led to a plunder charge against him and other legislators.

He was charged in 2013 with graft and plunder for misuse of public funds, but was allowed in 2015 by the Supreme Court to post bail. (READ: TIMELINE: Enrile and the pork barrel scam)

For his birthday, here are 10 things you may not know about Senator Juan Ponce Enrile.

– with research from MG Mora/Rappler.com

*Editor's Note: It was previously mentioned in this article that Enrile's 90.95% bar examination rating in 1953 was "one of the highest in history." However, this is not the case. The said statement has been deleted in this article. The highest rating is 96.7% obtained in 1954 by former Supreme Court Associate Justice Florenz Regalado. We apologize for the error.

Sources: gov.phsenate.gov.ph, Department of National Defense, Wikipedia, jpenrile.com, Juan Ponce Enrile: A Memoir by Juan Ponce Enrile

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Michael Bueza

Michael Bueza is a researcher and data curator under Rappler's Research Team. He works on data about elections, governance, and the budget. He also follows the Philippine pro wrestling scene and the WWE. Michael is also part of the Laffler Talk podcast trio.