Revilla washes hands of Senate coup plot
MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. on Friday said he has no participation in alleged moves to replace Juan Ponce Enrile as Senate President.
Revilla, president of the Lakas political party, said certain published reports quote a Senate source naming him as possibly one of the senators backing a coup plot against Enrile.
"I have not been approached nor have any participation in any effort to remove JPE as [Senate President]. Wala akong alam diyan sa sinasabi ng source na 'yan, and frankly, hindi ko alam kung bakit nila ginagamit ang pangalan ko sa tsismis na yan," he said.
He added: "I am dumbfounded as to where this supposed source gets his information. Just goes to show that sometimes, sources have no basis for their statements and just want to be sensational."
Senator Franklin Drilon earlier denied being involved in a fresh plot to unseat Enrile, amid scuttlebutt in the Senate that some 15 senators have already committed to oust Enrile.
Drilon confirmed there was a dinner in Malacañan where senators discussed the Anti-Money Laundering Law but there were no discussions about the Senate leadership.
"Ano ba naman kayo? No such thing [Senate coup]. There is no such thing. If there's any, I am not a participant and as late as last night we had dinner where Senator Enrile was around. How many times do I have to deny?" he said.
For his part, Enrile said any senator is more than welcome to replace him.
"Welcome sila eh if they change me," he said.
"I've been waiting for that. I was waiting for that ever since I was sworn in as Senate president and I have always been waiting for my replacement."