Palace: No role in 'coup plot' vs Enrile
MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang on Thursday, September 13, distanced itself from a rumored attempt to oust Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile.
Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said that the Aquino government has a "good working relationship" with Enrile. "The Senate President himself mentioned that the Liberal Party is not involved” in the supposed plot to oust him, Lacierda added.
“So this is not something that the LP is involved with. We have no comment other than what the Senate President has already mentioned,” Lacierda said.
President Aquino is chairman of the LP while incoming Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II is the party president.
When asked if the Palace would prefer Enrile to stay on in his position, Lacierda said: “So far, yes." He explained: “We’ve seen a very healthy relationship with the Senate…As far as we know, the Liberal Party has and Sen. (Franklin) Drilon has also mentioned that he’s not aware of any such plans."
Enrile himself said some senators are apparently unhappy with his leadership.
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He confirmed getting information about a senator, whom refused to identify, planning to oust him. “There are always people who are unhappy with the leadership of anybody. I got the information from a reliable source but I will not discuss that,” Enrile told reporters.
Senator Panfilo Lacson believes a change in the Senate's leadership will only happen if senators belonging to the Liberal Party and Nacionalista Party converge and convince just one more to join them.
Rumors of a Senate coup have always been around, and on every occasion the senators would almost always deny involvement.
Senate President Pro Tempore Jinggoy Estrada also said he does not know of any plan to oust Enrile, his close friend. - Rappler.com