Bongbong denies Senate coup vs JPE

Posted at 09/21/12 7:08 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. on Thursday denied rumors that there is a brewing power struggle in the Senate due to the senators' alleged dissatisfaction in the leadership of Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile.

"Wala namang coup d'etat sa Senado. Wala kaming namamalayan. I am very much satisfied with the leadership of Senate President Enrile," he said.

Marcos praised Enrile's able steering of the Senate when it convened as a special court in the impeachment of ousted Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona.

"Sa aking palagay, isa siya sa pinakamagaling na nakita kong lider ng Senado," he added.

Reports of a Senate coup plot once again resurfaced after Wednesday's clash between Enrile and Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

Trillanes earlier confirmed he wants Enrile out as Senate chief over his alleged links to former President Gloria Arroyo.

Trillanes said Enrile is railroading a bill to divide Camarines Sur province at Arroyo's behest, based on newspaper reports.

Trillanes also said confidential information from a fellow senator confirmed Arroyo and Enrile are allies.

"Nakakatawag si GMA, solid ang samahan nilang dalawa (ni JPE), nagpapadikta kay GMA. He's being held by the balls. I don't know, baka may utang na loob. Bakit mo isasagasa (ang CamSur bill), 4 months ago inakyat itong CamSur bill. Talagang si Senate President, napepressure ni GMA," Trillanes said.

Asked if he will move to declare all seats in the Senate vacant, Trillanes said: "Not yet. He (JPE) should leave, lalo pa ngayon iimbestigahan si GMA (over the Bridges program)."

The senator said he walked out of Enrile's interpellation on Wednesday because Enrile was talking about state secrets. Trillanes said, as a former defense minister, Enrile should have known better.

Referring to former Philippine Ambassador to China Sonia Brady's notes on the recent diplomatic issue with china over Scarborough Shoal or Panatag Shoal, Trillanes said
"what he (JPE) presented (Brady's notes) was a diversion."
Trillanes said Enrile never denied links to Arroyo.

Trillanes said party mate Senator Manny Villar and Liberal Party stalwart Senator Franklin Drilon can take over as Senate president.

"Kapag puno na ang salop. Dapat kalusin," he said.  With a report from RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News