Senators dispel rumors of ‘coup’ vs Enrile


Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — President Aquino’s Senate allies expressed on Tuesday their continued support for the leadership of Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile amid rumors of a coup in the chamber.

Senator Ralph Recto, a member of the ruling Liberal Party and one of those rumored to take over the Senate presidency in the event of a successful coup, said he was not interested in the post.

“There is no truth to that. No one has ever spoken to me about that. I’m not interested. I think the Senate President is doing well,” he told reporters.

Recto said the coalition of the LP, the Nacionalista Party and the Nationalist People’s Coalition would only be for next year’s elections and not for a change of leadership in the Senate.

“The coalition is not for a coup but for the elections. To be able to elect more people to the Senate to pass certain things. That’s basically what it’s all about,” he added.

Asked if the LP, NP and NPC members in the Senate would be enough to vote Enrile out, Recto refused to be baited.

“That’s not being discussed,” he said.

Recto said he was not aiming to become Senate President as he would rather not put in the extra hours that would be needed.

“I want to spend more time with my wife. I don’t want to go home late at night,” said the senator, the husband of Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos Recto.

Sen. Franklin Drilon, another LP member also being mentioned as a possible replacement for Enrile, denied any knowledge of a coup in the offing.

“I am not aware of any change in leadership in the Senate. If there is one, I’m not a part of it,” he said.

Enrile said it would be “okay” if he were to be voted out of the Senate leadership. He said he had always expected to be replaced everyday.

“The obligation of a Senate President is quite heavy. Hindi ka makapasyal (you have no time to hang out),” he said.

Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III dismissed the coup talks, saying he was confident that any such attempt would not be successful.

“As a matter of fact, I know for a fact that the present administration is very pleased with Senator Enrile’s leadership in the Senate,” Sotto told reporters.

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  • Edwin Edwin

    Nakisawsaw at bumanat na naman si Tito Sen. Teka nga at ma-check baka mamaya ay plagiarized na naman itong sinabi nya… hehehe

    Sottology – the art of copying without giving a sheet (word changed para di magalit moderator)

    • just_anotherperson

      Trying very hard para manira kay Senator Sotto. Ho-hum

      • indiosbravos2002

        Manira? In denial ka ba? Plagiarist naman talaga yan eh.

  • Jason_Voorhees

    Tumanda na sa politika si Enrile pero ang Pilipinas e nag hihirap pa din!

  • RyanE

    I guess Sen. Enrile has lost his neutrality and objectivity as Senate President. By becoming an avid defender of the RC doctrine and religious beliefs, he has become nothing more than a puppet of the church. High time to replace him for the good of the Senate in particular and the country in general.

  • Beguine

    Rumors like this just make you think, oust Enrile and
    you couldn’t think of anyone quickly who could be
    really capable to replace him.

    Exactly that reflects on the fact that in general these
    senators are mediocre to poor calibre, nobody stands out!
    Well as to shouting it’s Miriam, but she can’t be
    Senate President for that!

  • agustin


  • $18209031

    Only old age and sickness will take this Ilocandio out of action. parekoy koy. Ang sekreto ni Enrile ay kakain ng itlog ng ahas at karne ng aso taga semana .

  • Eureka_Naiba

    Itong so SOTTO ang dapat ikudeta as MAJORITY LEADER, eh.  Palitan na yan!!!

  • John_Galt_II

    Sabi ni Sotto “as a matter of fact, i know for a fact….”. Bobo talaga.
    Fact you!

  • Cebuanodiay

    Kung totoo ang chismis siguro tamang panahon na para sibakin si Mr. Martial Law. Ang galing niyang nagmaniobra sa politika at bago siyang magretire ipinupuwesto na niya ang kanyang walang kawentang-kwetang basagulerong anak na si Jackie.

    Sana isama na rin si Mr. Paiyak-iyak Iskul Bukol sa planong sipain sa senado. Sana magkatutotoo ang chismis!

  • Cebuanodiay

    Ay, talaga. Sinabi mo. Tunto si Sotto, tinuod!

  • Hey_Dudes

    It seems this issue pertaining to this individual is akin to our culture of loving the hollow block specially using it to crack our heads.  Everywhere else, as soon as someone reaches retiring age, regardless  of his or her usefulness, no choice but to hang the gloves.  However, in congress, pretty much exemplified  by this old hog, he is still around and in many instances irritates  the bejesus out of sane people.  What gives?

  • JK1000

    LOYALTY CHECK lang ni Enrile ito , Pakana lang ba….Gawa-gawa sa dilim ng UNA.

  • JK1000

    Itong si komidiyanteng Tito Sotto ng EAT BULAGA ay puppet ni Juan Ponce Enrile. Sa Eat Bulaga nga ay gustong palitan yung uniform ng bata na si Rayza na nagsuot ng fatigue uniform na HONASAN. yung name tag ng bata,sabi ba naman ” Dapat HONASAN ang nasa name tag mo”

  • Banana Na

    sino ba may lakas ng loob gumawa ng coup kay MR. ENRILE, eh, dati, sila palagi ang sikat, coup d’tat pa ng ng mga RAM MEMBERS sa military with HONASAN sa mga nakaraan na presidente….at di makulong-kulong, senators pa kaya ang mag-against kay MR. ENRILE…

  • TuwadNaDaan

    Kunwari pa si Baboy kahit gutom sa posisyon….

    • JK1000

      Baboy ? Ugali mo…atleast alam mo na ganun ka.

  • Jerry_SeinfeId

    In all fairness, kinakain na ng lupa si Enrile. Lets be realistic, he’s outlived his worth.

  • Jerry_SeinfeId

    Wag naman si Sotto ang ipalit, gaguhan na yun,

  • Tommy

    Public servants should be available 24/7!  That was the impression I had!  Now , this Recto is telling us that he doesnt intend to put in extra hours to do his duties?

    Now I know who not to vote gain!  Thanks for your honesty Ralph!

  • virgoyap

    Pag si Sotto ang mag replace  kay enrile palaging mayroong pag-yak-iyakan sa senado. He will bend the RH bill to the point of no return.

  • Hein S

    ENRILE, you are way past your EXPIRY DATE.

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