A Politician's Son Allegedly Flexing His Muscles: Two High-Profile Deaths That Left a Print to Jack Enrile's ReputationRead Now
In this article, we will feature two high-profile deaths that involved Jack Enrile, the son of former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, who is still alive as of writing.
The two victims that we will be highlighting are Ernest Lucas Jr., who died in 1975 due to a gunshot wound in his forehead, and Alfie Anido, a well-known celebrity in the 1970s that reportedly committed suicide in 1981.
According to media reports and rumors, Jack Enrile might have been involved in the two separate deaths of Ernest and Alfie. However, Jack has not been imprisoned nor tried in court for the alleged slayings of the victims.
Who is Jack Enrile?
Juan Ponce Enrile Jr., or commonly known as Jack, is the son of the former Senate President and Defense Minister during the Marcos era, Juan Ponce Enrile.
Jack Enrile also became a legislator from 1998-2007 and 2010-2013. He served as a congressman from their family's bailiwick Cagayan province. He also became a senatorial candidate in 2013 though he lost despite his surname brought political glory to their family.
Growing up, Jack told reporters that having the "Enrile" surname was frustrating. He was being bullied and ridiculed in school, and he and his father weren't that close.
According to Jack, his relationship with his father was unsteady. He said that his dad was an absentee father, which made him blame politics for being why he and his father were not close.
During the height of his father's success from the 70s to 80s, Jack had a notorious reputation as Metro Manila's drug dealer. He was rumored to be a murderer, rapist, gun runner, smuggler, and drug dealer.
However, Jack denied all the rumors and considered himself to have a normal teenage life, where he would sometimes get drunk and get into fights, though he claims that he hasn't killed anyone.
Unfortunately for Jack, out of the numerous malicious rumors involving him, two high-profile deaths became headlines in 1975 and 1981.
The 1975 issue led Jack Enrile to leave the Philippines and live in the United States to start a low profile life. He also finished his college degree in the U.S.
Ernest Lucas Jr.
On September 25, 1975, Ernest Lucas Jr. was at a high school party at San Lorenzo Village in Makati City. According to initial reports, Jack and Ernest fought, but the latter left momentarily and returned later in the night. Both young men had an altercation once again, but Jack's security, Sergeant Danilo Cruz from the former Philippine Constabulary, shot Ernest in the forehead, claiming that he accidentally pulled the trigger while defending Jack.
It was a high-profile case that immediately made the front pages. Government investigators eventually cleared Jack after his aide testified for the killing of the 19-year-old victim. He was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment.
Meanwhile, according to Jack's father's memoir, former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, who was also the defense minister during that time, the incident was one of the most jolting and painful experiences in his life. At that time, the elder Enrile even took a leave of absence to dispel talks that he was influencing his son's investigation.
Ernest Lucas Jr. is the son of Ernesto Lucas, a Philippine Navy commander. The victim was also the nephew of Father Robert Reyes, an activist priest during the martial law era. According to Father Reyes, "It was dangerous to cross paths with Enrile at that time."
However, in 2000, Father Reyes came out in a TV interview and claimed that the Enriles were responsible for the slaying of Ernest Lucas Jr. The infamous interview prompted Juan Ponce Enrile to file libel charges against Father Reyes. A decade later, a Quezon City Regional Trial Court in 2011 provisionally dismissed the libel case.
Father Reyes claimed that days after the shooting incident, witnesses told the victim's family that it was Jack Enrile who quarreled and shot Ernest Lucas Jr. However, these witnesses later disappeared and kept quiet while Jack's security guard admitted to the shooting.
Coincidentally, the fathers of both young men were also in the same place during that infamous night. Captain Ernesto Lucas and then-Minister of Defense Juan Ponce Enrile were within the same hotel in the province of Cebu. After hearing about his son's death, he went to Enrile and told him: "Your son killed my son."
Amid the libel charges, the victim's father claimed in a court deposition in 2011 that Juan Ponce Enrile allegedly offered him two blank checks to drop the case against Jack Enrile.
A few years ago, the issue resurfaced after WikiLeaks, an international nonprofit organization that publishes confidential information, divulged secret diplomatic cables from then U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines William H. Sullivan, showing that American sources in the National Bureau of Investigation claimed that Jack Enrile was the one that pulled the trigger that killed Ernest Lucas Jr.
According to the leaked data, "NBI sources have completed their investigation and have indicated to us that both the Enrile boy and his bodyguard are liable to prosecution," Sullivan said in an October 1, 1975, cable to Washington, D.C. "We are not informed as to specific charges NBI would prefer although some NBI sources have told us unequivocally, and contrary to Secretary Enrile's assurance to the ambassador, that Enrile's son did the shooting."
Since then, the Enriles vehemently denied all allegations.
Alfie was a popular matinee idol in the 1970s and was said to be one of the most good-looking celebrities in the Philippines. He appeared in iconic films such as Temptation Island and Katorse.
Unfortunately, Alfie did not live long after taking his own life on December 30, 1981, in his residence in Makati City.
However, other showbiz personalities and fans claim that Alfie's suicide seemed a little bit off as he was a beloved person in the entertainment industry.
In the latter years of Alfie's life, he was in a serious relationship with Katrina Enrile, the younger sister of Jack Enrile.
According to former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile's memoir, both Katrina and Alfie went to a rented house in Antipolo to celebrate the latter's birthday with friends. But before the guests arrived, Anido allegedly drank heavily and fell asleep. Katrina tried to wake him up when the guests arrived.
When Alfie woke up, he saw Katrina talking to some guy friends, which led him to scream at Katrina. Enrile claimed that Alfie was not comfortable with Katrina having a conversation with his friends. Katrina then attempted to leave after her fight with Alfie.
However, the fight did not end there as the former Senate President maintained that Alfie became violent towards his daughter on their way home to Makati, though Katrina was said to have fought back.
The rumor mill began featuring different sides of the story. Word on the street claims that Jack Enrile avenged his sister by killing Alfie Anido while making it look like a suicide.
Meanwhile, Jack Enrile, who was in the Philippines at that time, told reporters in an interview in 2013 that he has a vivid recollection of the night of Alfie Anido's death. Jack claimed that he was accompanied by former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile's security aide, having dinner in a Japanese restaurant in Makati City when they got two radio messages. First, Alfie was driving like a madman from Antipolo to the Enrile residence in Makati to bring Katrina home. Second, Katrina was on his way to Anido's house in hysterics. That's when Jack decided to follow Katrina.
Furthermore, suspicions only grew when a news report from Bulletin Today, on January 2, 1982, reported that their homicide prober went to the Anido residence to look further into his mysterious death. However, Alfie's parents refused to engage with the prober and maintained that their son truly committed suicide, and the minister of defense was already investigating the matter.
During that time, Juan Ponce Enrile was the defense minister. Based on his memoir, the former Senate President said that the National Bureau of Investigation and Malacañang, led by the Armed Forces chief of staff, General Fabian Ver.
According to the Enrile patriarch, it was the time when General Ver and former first lady Imelda Marcos were supposedly plotting against him to make President Ferdinand Marcos lose his trust in him.
The older Enrile also claimed that General Ver tried so hard to create an impression that his son had something to do with the saddening death of Alfie Anido.
Three decades after the controversial death of Alfie, Katrina Enrile broke her silence and revealed that she was pregnant at the time of Alfie's death and was planning to get married.
Katrina told reporters, "Yes, we were already planning on getting married. We were never on and off. We were on until the day of his birthday and suicide. I only broke up with him that very moment, just before he committed suicide on December 30, 1981."
Unfortunately, during that devastating time, Katrina suffered a miscarriage in the third month because of the stress she felt after Alfie's death.
In former Senator Juan Ponce Enrike's book titled "Juan Ponce Enrile: A Memoir," he recalled: "The intrigues against me escalated. Even my children were not spared. For instance, when Alfie Anido killed himself in his home, my enemies in the Marcos regime spread the rumor that my son Jack shot and killed him."
What do you think happened to both of the victims? Did Jack Enrile get away with these killings because he was a son of a prominent politician? Or was the media coverage towards him and his family unfair?
Let us hear your thoughts in the comments section below!
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