Enrile gains vote of confidence after senators reject his offer to quit – analysts


Senate President Juan Ponce-Enrile. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile’s move to declare his position vacant was a “masterstroke’’ that gained him a vote of confidence, but otherwise it was a publicity stunt for his son, analysts said Monday.

“It was a masterstroke. It was very strategic,’’ UP political science professor Clarita Carlos said when reached by phone Monday. “He was staking his political life on that offer to resign. He was given a vote of confidence.’’

Carlos, who did not catch the live telecast of Enrile’s privilege speech in which he manifested his motion, said the move “strengthened him as a matter of fact.’’

The professor said Enrile had been challenging senators critical of him to move for his ouster, that’s why she was not surprised by his move. After all, by staking his post at 88, Enrile had nothing to lose.

Political analyst Ramon Casiple, for his part, offered the theory that Enrile’s move was part of his strategy to buoy the flagging poll ratings of his son, Cagayan Rep. Jack Enrile, a senatorial candidate in May 2013.

It could also be part of the “proxy war’’ between the Liberal Party and the United Nationalist Alliance, of which Enrile is among the three key leaders, in the 2016 presidential elections, Casiple said.

“My theory is that Enrile has to keep himself in the news. His son has been experiencing a drop in the ratings. He’d lose in the elections if you leave him like that,’’ he said by phone. “In a sense, it’s a stunt. It has no impact.’’

Casiple also theorized that the move was designed to preempt any move to oust him by LP senators in view of the mid-term elections and the 2016 presidential elections.

“This could be part of the fighting between LP and UNA. Enrile is a major target because of what they did to Cebu,’’ he said, referring to Malacañang’s suspension order against Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia over charges of usurpation of authority.

At the same time, it was also a “loyalty check’’ by Enrile on who his allies were, Casiple said. “Caveat negates action.’’

“Everything is linked to the elections. You can’t afford to detract attention away from the elections,’’ he added.

A stalwart of the LP, however, maintained that the party wasn’t plotting to oust Enrile, and pointed to the fact that LP senators voted against Enrile’s move to declare his position vacant.

“It’s a show of confidence. Clearly, Enrile continues to enjoy support. The President doesn’t want any trouble. Notwithstanding all this agitation, there was no move on LP’s part,’’ said the stalwart, who asked not to be named.

Months earlier, another party official said the party was only waiting for the President to give the go-signal for Enrile’s ouster, but so far there was no such go-signal.

“We have no comment. It’s an internal matter within the Senate,’’ Aquino’s spokesperson, Secretary Edwin Lacierda, said in a text message to reporters.

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  • magiting78

    Confidence ba o pera-pera lang….analyst? mahina pang analisa nyo…please hire fair and responsible analyst…lolz

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BWW4DQ56M5S47UEC4C34OTQWYM Redivico

      kaw na lang kaya boy… magaling ka nmn ata eh…

      • magiting78

        Kaya nga sabi ko hire…hnd ko naman sinabi n hire me…lolz

  • Ronald

    Vote of confidence and thanks for the 1.6M.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/KINR3GZJHHKLROPT5DTBXZC4GM joseph c

       ..pag nag resign, walang condition, di ba? …mas dramatic pag irrevocable resignation…

  • ano ikaw

     Of course, after giving away 1.6 M, he gets the vote of confidence.
    luma na yan Mr Enrile. 

  • calixto909

    As I had typed in the earlier article captioned Enrile’s bid to quit rejected, this succeeding articles about him are the episodes of the whole gamut of the Political Moro Moro that Enrile and his allies had concocted to bolster his stay as Senate President. I was utterly right on my contention, and bingo now a UP Prof calls their planned  moro moro a master stroke.

  • JosengSisiw1

    Sinong ko-contra when every one of them are basang-basa na. This is how Enrile played Martial Law. We the public should put up a crusade to stop this evil!

  • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

    ito ang mga senador natin
    pinabayaan depensa at soberenya

    pero ang christmas bonus
    hanggang ngayon pinag aawayan pa

    di pa mapansin
    imperialist u.s. navy

    destruction of our
    environment and sovereignty

    huwag ng iboto
    mga anak at kamag anak ng mga ito

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/KINR3GZJHHKLROPT5DTBXZC4GM joseph c

       …este brod, bakit ok lang ba ang china naglagay pa ng  kampo sa shoal natin?…mukhang funded ka yata ng intsik ah… o talagang singkit lang mata mo…

      • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

        boy basahin mo lahat ng posts ko
        ng maliwanagan ang isip mo

        marami ka pang matutunan

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PZR7JI7G2WD2CTVMZ7LM667FD4 Ugly Bunny

    I hope his son would really lose this coming election, along with estrada and binay.

    • marionics

      it will take more than just hoping

  • basyong

    paanong hindi magkakaroon ng vote of confidence e yung mga bumoto sa kanya gusto pulos lagay at tuloy lang ang ligaya sa pamimigay ng cash sa kanila.i think it should be done by the decision of the president to kick him out.if you dont kick him out the senate is a damaged institution under senatong tanda enrile.hwag na niyong pagkaabalahan yung mga supporters niya at sigurado mga hayok sa corruption ang mga yan

  • Rey

    Vote of confidence? No, the others are just smart not to accept his resignation. They want to ‘fire’ him as Senate President.

  • hustlergalore

    vote of confidence? ang sabihin ninyo walang gustong umupo sa upuan niya!

    para hindi mapulaan ang gustong tumakbo sa 2016 presidential election.


  • Your_King

    Enrile is old but it looks like he still has plans and knows how to execute them. Aquino and his Senator buddy Trillanes wanted him out because he is opposition and not part of Aquino’s KKK so now it looks like ousting Enrile is not a popular idea. Aquino will find some way to point the finger at others in wanting Enrile ousted.

  • DGuardian

    Mga corrupt kasi ang mga senador kaya  ayaw nilang umalis ang equally corrupt na senate president.  Pinagpipistahan nila ang pera ng bayan. Mga walang konsensya. Nagpapasasa kayo sa milyun-milyon, pero ang squatter colonies ay katakut-takot at kalat hindi lang sa Metro Manila kundi sa iba’tibang lugar sa Pilipinas. Dapat ay likumin ang mga pork barrels at ipagpagawa ng mga condominium buildings ang mga informal settlers at ng iba pang mga infrastructures na world-class at maipagmamalaki ng ating bansa  at hindi ang mga pangit, patakbuhin, minenos. burnaol  at punung-puno ng kickbacks na mga proyekto kung sakaling  maisipan nilang huwag ibulsa ang pork barrels at ipakita naman na paminsan-minsan ay may ipinapagawa rin sila.  Dapat ay ang national government ang magpagawa ng proyekto at alisin ang pork barrels ng senado at house of representatives. Legislative lang ang function nila kaya’t dapat ay gumawa sila ng mga tamang batas at hindi gawing negosyo ang posisyon sa gobyerno.  Please post my comment.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KINR3GZJHHKLROPT5DTBXZC4GM joseph c

    …pag nag resign, dapat walang kapalit na condition…

  • mamamiamia

    Go.. Go Manong!  Whip It Good! mo yung mga ereheng young and stupid at galawgaw mambabatas! Just like lelong used to do with his baston! Paluhod mo rin sa mungo! Go.. Go Manong!

  • Janch

    No one wants to rock the boat so close to the elections.  Neither party wants anyone to question the use of each of the senators funds.  Better vote to keep Enrile in place and end any discussion on the MOOE and how this is spent.  Mamaya lahat sila mapapahiya.  Kung saan-saan nila ginagastos yung pera ng taongbayan.

  • $37644997

    What happens when Senator Enrile dies?are we going to continue to have this type of Bureaucracy?”Senate President”to distribute un-used funds for personal use?an ongoing tradition of Pinoy governance.

  • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

    01. JPE’s chief of staff Gigi Reyes came out on DZMM (abs-cbn) Monday afternoon 5pm in Karen Davila’s programme “Pasada” denouncing Trillanes, Cayetanos and Santiago. One thing was hard to miss. She declared with rather authoritatively, as if she’s the duly elected senator, that “if you don’t support the senate president, why should you be given funds.”

    02. Since when did JPE’s chief of staff Gigi Reyes become this country’s senator?

    03. The LP senators kept quiet about the cash-gift all the while and now even voted to keep Enrile as the senate president. So where’s the reform and Daang Matuwid?

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/iV0XkkNontlsHWTkG2jcuz.PB64A#6b054 F alonso

    There’s a big difference between Quitting against testing the loyalty of Senators through their votes.
    Quitting means leaving the post unconditionally and have it relinquished for another person.

    Manong Johnny is a vintage Politician.He will not gamble if he knows he’s in a no win situation.

  • http://twitter.com/Dax22387121 Dax

    Clearly the Senators and Malacanang want the status quo to remain. The SP enjoys the support of the administration at this point. Trillanes, Santiago, and the two Cayetanos must be hallucinating if they turn a non-issue into something that can unseat the SP. “A crusading crook” was used to term a colleague and that someone, “even uses Senate funds for the salary of her househelp and grocery money”. What a lousy Senator. Are these the kind who expect to ask for change???? Let me ask you???

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