8 Things That Are As Old As Juan Ponce Enrile
Let's disclaim first that Senator Juan Ponce Enrile has not been convicted of anything related to the PDAF Scam (yet), and we don't want to be on the receiving end of a subpoena for an online libel lawsuit. One thing we know for sure is that there is a long list of jokes of which the punchline is Manong Johnny’s age.
Senator Enrile was born on February 14, 1924. If he is indeed codename Tanda, it really shouldn't surprise anyone because he has seen a lot. At 90, we can list 10 events (from 1924 to 2014) that he had been witness to, but first, let's contextualize Manong Johnny's maturity.
Here are 10 things that are as old as Senator Juan Ponce Enrile.
1| Winnie the Pooh
Of course, we don't mean the Disney version of Winnie the Pooh. Senator Enrile is as old as A.A. Milne's anthropomorphic bear. If Enrile were a book, he would be under classics.
2| The Murder Bag
The Murder Bag is a standard forensic kit for investigating crime scenes (sorry, it's not a bag containing tools for murder!).
3| Facial Tissue
Senator Enrile is as old as Kleenex, which is practically synonymous to facial tissue.
4| Peugeot Type 177
When Manong Johnny was born, the Peugeot Type 177 was introduced to the market. Its fancy features include a transparent root, and it has a maximum power output of 29 horse power at 1,900 rpm.
5| Marlon Brando and Truman Capote
Brando and Capote are now deceased and resting in peace. Enrile also outlived Philip Seymour Hoffman, who played Capote in a biopic.
6| Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf
In 1923, Hitler tried to stage a coup and seize power in Germany. He was jailed for his actions in February 1924—the same month and year of Manong Johnny’s birth), and during this time, he wrote the infamous Mein Kampf. No further comments.
7| Talkies and Silent Films
When he was born, the silent film The Sea Hawk was one of the highest grossing movies of the year. Just a year prior to Manong Johnny's birth, the first commercial screening of motion pictures were conducted in the New York Rivoli Theater. There was still much debate about it and it would take three more years before talkies eventually won...maybe about the same time when Senator Enrile himself was beginning to be more "talky" as a child too.
8| The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
For context, here is a photo of Manila in 1924. That year, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) was established, and, it was also during this year that our country participated in the Summer Olympics in France. If Senator Enrile were a moment, the adjective for him would be "historic."
This story originally appeared on Spot.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.