'Bejeweled' keeps Enrile busy amid Senate inquiry

What's keeping Senator Juan Ponce Enrile busy since he resigned from his post as Senate President?

Well, Enrile's new position as Senate minority leader has obviously given him more time to do the things he could not afford to do when he was still busy leading the Senate in the 15th Congress.

On Wednesday, the Senate minority leader was seen enjoying a popular game, Bejeweled, on his tablet while waiting for his turn to speak before the Senate committee hearing.

Observers from the Senate saw how Bejeweled entertained Enrile, who had to wait long for his colleague Senator Jose "Jinggoy" to finish asking questions about the sex-for-flight scandals in the Middle East. 

"I'm now at Level 271," a grinning Enrile later admitted in an interview.

Enrile explained he enjoys playing Bejeweled more than playing Candy Crush because he doesn't like eating candies. He also confessed he was not into computer games when he was still Senate President.

"It was only during the campaign when I started (playing)," he told reporters.

During the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) last summer, Enrile said he found time to tinker with his iPad.

And yes, he is convinced that games like Bejeweled are effective mind exercises.

"My former secretary at the law office downloaded this game on my iPad," the veteran lawmaker said

"I like it because it exercises my mind. And it challenges me to know how fast I can solve one level," he added. 

Senator Teofisto "TG" Guingona led the Senate probe on the issue as chair of Senate committee on blue ribbon.

Enrile attended the Senate's first hearing on sex-for-flight scandal, which implicated Philippine Labor Attache Adam Musa.

And it seemed like playing Bejeweled inspired Enrile to grill Musa for his alleged shortcomings in handling the case of an abused Filipina worker while she was still working in Saudi.

During the Senate inquiry, Enrile said Musa failed to meet his duty to protect the welfare of overseas Filipino workers.

The Filipina worker sought help from Musa after she reported that her employer sexually abused her. After quitting her job, Musa's office took the Filipina in to work as a janitress.

The worker then accused Musa's driver of trying to rape her, another case that should have been properly investigated if only the Philippine labor official did not allow his staff to immediately settle by paying financial damages.

The settlement of the case, Enrile pointed out, also prevented Musa to look into the woman's first complaint of abuse against her previous employer in Saudi.
 

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