PNoy, JPE have good working relationship

Posted at 10/12/12 3:14 PM

MANILA, Philippines - President BenignoAquino III continues to have a good working relationship with Senate President Juan Ponce-Enrile despite rumors of an impending coup against the Senate leadership, Malacañang said Friday.

Deputy Presidential Spokeswoman Abigail Valte said Enrile was with the President when they had dinner at the Palace two nights ago.

Valte said the only Senators who were not present at the dinner were Senators Bongbong Marcos, Joker Arroyo, Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Senator Koko Pimentel.

"Senator Chiz Escudero, contrary to other reports, dumating po siya. Dumaan po siya ngunit umalis din siya because he was celebrating his birthday,” she said.

Valte explained that the dinner was purely a social call.

"Meron po kasing nagsasabing doon daw pinag-uusapan 'yung alleged coup but the Senate President was there. So let's set things straight: the President continues to have a very good working relationship with the Senate President,” she said.