For the 89-year old Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, Malunggay and organic food are all it takes to stay healthy.
In fact, Enrile remains active, as he has yet to miss United Nationalist Alliance's provincial campaigns.
“I’m used to it (campaigns). I’ve gone around the country seven times already standing on a pick-up but I do not know. Only God knows (if I’m strong enough),” Enrile said.
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In an interview, he said drinking virgin coconut oil and eating organic food help him keep up.
“I drink malunggay juice… as a matter of precaution at my age. And then I eat pasteurized celery, squash, carrots, and onions together. They juice it and then I drink it,” Enrile said.
He was also reportedly a fan of stem-cell therapy.
However, Enrile doesn't want to push himself too far and is actually mulling to quit politics come 2016.
Enrile, who still has three more years to finish his term as senator, announced he will be leaving the political scene by 2016.
“This will be my last senatorial campaign because I’m leaving the Senate already. I just need to complete my term if God will allow me and leave the scene,” Enrile told reporters.
“I will have to leave the Senate because I'm no longer young. Let the younger people take over,” he added.
The top official in the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) has been joining the opposition coalition’s sorties to help in the senatorial bid of his son, Cagayan Rep. Juan Ponce “Jack” Enrile.
He has also been going around the country endorsing other candidates running under Vice President Jejomar Binay’s line-up, a few weeks before the official start of campaign period began on February 12.
Meanwhile, Enrile also cannot help but compare the modes of campaigning during the time he was just starting out in politics.
He explained that new culture in political campaign today such as the use of social media, as well as the need for more television and radio ads, cannot compete with physical interaction with voters.
“Now, you have the Twitter, the Facebook, the blogs and all the internet so that additional instruments of reaching the people communicating with them,” Enrile said.
“You can use that but you cannot substitute your going to the people directly. They want to see who you are, they want to see you face to face. Whether you quack like a duck or walk like a duck,” he added.
Enrile, who has been an expert in running political campaigns since he entered politics in 1965 as a local official, a candidate’s presence is vital.
“There are many people that cannot be surveyed and if you are just basing the people who have TV and radio in their homes, maybe. But if you go to the rural areas, there are homes that don't have TV, radio and they have no newspapers, no magazines to inform them of people,” he added.