Some solons want Enrile to stay till May

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Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile’s pronouncement that he was willing to be replaced by a younger colleague only proves he does not intend to “cling to power” as some critics allege, said Sen. Gregorio Honasan.

But Honasan said Enrile’s statement should not be interpreted as “deliberately precipitating” a Senate reorganization before the 2013 elections.

Aquino ally Sen. Sergio Osmeña III suggested they wait until after the 2013 elections to replace Enrile because there remained much to do in the nine days left of the 15th Congress.  Enrile himself said the Senate was pressed to approve an antitrust bill and amendments to the Anti-Money Laundering Act.

The Senate is also awaiting the version of the freedom of information (FOI) bill that the House of Representatives is expected to approve.  Once it does, the two chambers would have to reconcile their versions so an FOI law could be produced before the 15th Congress ends its third and final session.

Osmeña said the choice of Enrile’s replacement should be made after the May elections.

“Now is not the time to change the Senate leadership with only three weeks of the session left until the long break,” he said in a text message.

The buzz was that some administration-linked senators wanted Enrile out, noting that his positions on several major issues did not represent those of the majority bloc. But with only three weeks of the session remaining, some senators see no compelling reason to replace Enrile, one of the leaders of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) coalition.

Sen. Tito Sotto said talk of Enrile’s exit would usher in the possibility of his own exit as Senate majority leader. Sotto said he actually welcomed the idea since leaving the post “means more time for “my family and myself.”

Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III said he was not surprised that Enrile himself broached the possibility of his being replaced.

“I have heard JPE (Enrile’s initials) say privately that come June 2013 he would offer to be replaced as Senate President because he is not getting any younger,” Pimentel said in a text message to the Inquirer.

“Allowing younger blood to take over and…admitting that he himself is not indispensable” deserves a word of “congratulations,” he added.

Sen. Francis Escudero said he said “no compelling issue” to have a change of leadership at this time.

Senate President Pro Tempore Jinggoy Estrada and Sen. Bong Revilla used the word “mentor” in describing Enrile’s role in their learning process as lawmakers.

Estrada admitted he was overcome by a “sense of loss (panghihinayang)” at the statement of Enrile, his party mate.

Revilla admitted there were instances when he and Enrile had “differences of opinion” but Enrile “succeeded in transcending party lines, ensuring that the Senate works for the people.”

Honasan noted that Enrile had already been delegating some functions to the younger senators.

For example, Enrile leaves the rostrum within minutes of banging the gavel and opening the session. Estrada as President Pro Tempore presides over the most part of the afternoon plenary sessions although Honasan and Sen. Loren Legarda are also called upon to do so.

Rumors of a coup against the Senate President were fanned recently by Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago.

Santiago, who huffed that Enrile had returned her Christmas gift, said her sources had intimated that Enrile may be removed as Senate President in January or February. Estrada and Sotto were also in danger of being removed, she claimed.

“It is illogical for Enrile to remain as Senate President, while campaigning for the opposition. It becomes untenable” she said, noting that Enrile’s UNA was fielding candidates against President Aquino’s Liberal Party-led administration coalition.

Santiago guessed the issue would be resolved before the Senate breaks by the end of February.

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  • kilabot

    jpe should stay until his son is able to replace him as sp.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    Bow wow wow, sabi ni Gringo!
    Bow wow wow, sabi ni Tito!
    Bow wow wow, sabi ni Jinggoy!
    Bobo ko bobo ko, sabi ni Bong!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

      YANG APAT NA YAN ANG DIE HARD FAN NI SATANAS CARNIVAL TAGLE’ DAMASO’

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U6GRDVQNV33224MI6GYE6TLQ5I Snoop

         Arf! Arf! Aft! sabi ni Gringo (kasi tuta pa lang)
        Pra! Pra! Pra! sabi ni Tito (binaliktad ang Arf! at pinalitan ang “F” ng “P” para hindi maakusahan ng “plagiarism”
        Tweet! Tweet! Tweet! sabi ni Jinggoy na isang tagahangga.
        At pumalakpak naman si Bong sabay bow…. Diyan nagwawakas ang kwento ng apat na payaso…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CYUXU35XHVC6K7HGRCZNI7JOFA PAZ

    Bobo daw siGringo ,Tito,jingoy at Bong. Bakit matalino ba si Presidente Noynoy? Tama lang na may Tito, Bong, Jinggoy at Gringo dahil may Presidente Noynoy kayo. Hahanap kayo ng senador na brilliant bakit? tingnan nyo kung anong klase ng Presidente saka kayo mag demand ng primera klase na senador. Kung ang Presidente ay may kalidad na tulad ni Noynoy , ang bagay na bagay maging senador ay si Bentong!!!

    • rayingga

       Kayang kaya mo si Binay at Roxas, Kung manalo ka as president  kukuha naman tayo ng magagaling na senador para mawala na si Bentong

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QSBNZB3TEKHJE5A74STZTTUHC4 ed0408

       Dapat ang kurakot na presidente ang naupo. Tuloy sana ang ligaya.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CYUXU35XHVC6K7HGRCZNI7JOFA PAZ

    Hahaha naghahanap ng primera klaseng senador. Mataas pa ang kalidad nina Bong at Jinggoy dapat pag ang Presidente ay may kalidad na tulad ni Noynoy ang bagay na senador ay si Bentong!!

    • rayingga

       Ikaw kaya ang humabol na presidente PAZ at baka sakaling may magandang mangyari

  • $14334231

    “Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile’s pronouncement that he was willing to be replaced by a younger colleague only proves he does not intend to “cling to power” as some critics allegeD, said Sen. Gregorio Honasan”

    REALLY!!!.  come on now, gringo, you think you can fool all of the filipino people???…your statement makes me believe that you are one true and die hard follower to your benefactor, jpe…. but besides being a senator (ugh!), nothing much can be said about you… true???…
    jinggoy and bong, if jpe was your mentor, i have no doubt you learned the ins and outs of how to be you know what and not getting caught, the silencing of media thru buyouts, or other “means”, perhaps…. and tito???…everything had been said about him….no need to degrade him more….but i still admire you guys and i put the blame on the people who put you up on that pedestal, called, THE SENATE!!!……anyway, HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE !!!!! ..
    let’s start 2013 with a …..(fill in the blank)….

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZWFLSTSBRRAVDDPF7NZ5OT6AEA Jim

    Enrile should go NOW!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3TWVIBNBHJIBKXLUC5IT2JYM5E Harry

    His body is failing him, he said.

    Be humane, get him out before he dies in office.

  • mrgracia

    Sotto said he actually welcomed the idea since leaving the post “means more time for “my family and myself.”… Wala raw siyang time, eh bakit madalas kitang makita sa Eat Bulaga? Doon ka na man talaga nararapat, hindi sa Senado.

  • Gerald Abueva

    Honasan, Sotto and Jinggoy are hardly people we can trust. Their counterclaim that some solons want Enrile to stay till May is not credible at all.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AO6VKORVP6RF3NJ2OW74M3YTXA Jojo

    hindi pwede dhil sagabal lang cia sa magandang plataporma ng gobyerno dpat sa kania magkusa ng magresign ksama ni sottocopy atbp.nia kaalyado bago pa magkahiyaan sa senado dba…

  • tonyoks

     “Enrile’s pronouncement that he was willing to be replaced by a younger colleague only proves he does not intend to “cling to power” as some critics allege, said Sen. Gregorio Honasan.”
    then everybody must be on guard and be very vigilant on how Honasan will “handle, take care of
    JPE d’junior….maya maya magugulat na lang tayong lahat nasa senado na pala yan…

    the  Martial Law Berdugo is dead long live the berdugo.. jr.!!!

  • doublecross

    JPE…thanks for the good times. long overdue ka na. thank you7 sa lahat, lalo nung impeachment trial, that was an ordinary moves.

  • Rovingmoron

    Why are they making a big issue out of Enrile’s impending departure as Senate President? Of course, it is only timely that a younger senator may be installed to take his place.

    • batangpaslit

      Bro, dapat ang ID mo should read “RovingGenius”. Ayos naman mga postings mo eh.
      Kaya lang may pa humble effect ano ha ang opposite term?
      hehehe…

    • Marx Louis Wang

       Younger-who? Not just younger! Not the one with the stain of money-laundering.

  • virgo57

    A better replacement of JPE is Tito Sotto or Jing Estrada Tapos ibakod nyo ang perimeter ng senate para maglagay ng carnival at si Pulbora Honasan ang in charge sa security si Panday Revilla ang PR si Manny Villar ang treasurer si Lito Lapid ang stuntman at si VP Blacky Binay ang fiinancer para sa free audience. The show should be called THE TRAPOS ARE HERE AGAIN, Bwisit!

  • ApoLapullapu

    Can’t the Administration LP bets win if Enrile is not removed as Senate President?

  • BLITZKRIEG166

    he does not intend to “cling to power” – hahaha putsa panahon pa ni marcos nasa power nayan.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZWFLSTSBRRAVDDPF7NZ5OT6AEA Jim

    Some solons want Enrile to stay still May but the Filipino people want him to leave now!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U62PHGMKO4RK7BLMC4ACA4EG5A EREC

    NOW NA! Sorry Im dissatisfied with his leadership in senate…. a partisan leadership and autocratic rule…… laging may kicker….like Sottocopy. I want to see senate floor active in full participative dabates of all senators. I want NEW concept…kaya NOW NA!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZWFLSTSBRRAVDDPF7NZ5OT6AEA Jim

    What a pleasant surprise! Wala na si blogger Abnoy who recently voted 28 “likes” for his own planted pro-Enrile comments. Napahiya na yata when his antics were discovered.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/LJVSZRQ7PBVINM5F6LL2HRURKA Rinaanir

    Manong Johnny, tinatawag na po kayo ng libingan niyo. Higa na po kayo.

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