Palace mum on developments at Senate

Posted at 01/22/2013 3:47 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Palace declined to comment on developments in the Senate on Monday.

"As we have stated in the past, the President has a good working relationship with the Senate President. We do not wish to comment on yesterday's events primarily because internal din 'yun," deputy spokesperson Abigail Valte said.

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile on Monday moved to vacate his post, but was immediately prevailed upon by majority of his colleagues. Enrile's move came after he distributed the chamber’s savings as Christmas gifts to a chosen few.

In a privilege speech Monday, Enrile said “I move that the position be declared vacant” and pushed that one of his critics, including senators Miriam Santiago, Antonio Trillanes, and siblings Pia Cayetano and Alan Peter Cayetano, be given the chance to be nominated.

His ally, Senator Vicente Sotto, immediately rejected the motion.

Cayetano, early in the day, said a private auditor should look into the books of the Senate. – with reports from Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News