MANILA, Philippines – Rumors of an effort to unseat him only made Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile grateful.
"Thank you," he told reporters on Tuesday. "Dahil napakabigat ng obligasyon ng Senate President. Hindi ka makapasyal eh."
Enrile said he is prepared to leave his position, especially if he loses his colleagues' trust. "Every day, I'm expecting to be relieved."
This has always been Enrile's attitude towards the Senate presidency.
During the impeachment trial of former Chief Justice Renato Corona, for instance, he dared those questioning his leadership to replace him, saying he's ready to be overthrown.
But other senators denied the rumor, which has been going around the Senate recently.
Enrile's close friend, Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III, said Enrile continues to enjoy the trust of many people.
"I know for a fact that the administration is very pleased with the leadership in the Senate headed by Senator Enrile," said Sotto.
"I am not aware of any leadership change," Sen. Franklin Drilon said. "If there is any movement, I am not part of it."
Sen. Ralph Recto, who according to the rumors is being tapped to replace Enrile, also said he does not know of any coup attempt by fellow senators.
And even if it's true, he's not interested in the position.
"I want more time with my wife," Recto said. "I don't want to be going home late at night."