MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – Senator Antonio Trillanes IV revealed on Saturday that there is an effort to unseat Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile.
Trillanes, a known critic of Enrile, said some senators are not amenable with the way Enrile is leading the Senate.
He added that they are just waiting for the support of senators who are members of the Liberal Party.
“’Yung iba’t ibang grupo sa Senado ay ready na kung kailangan palitan ang liderato ng Senado. Ang inaantay lang ay mga Liberal Party members at syempre sila, humihingi lang ng go signal doon sa Presidente,” he said.
Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, meanwhile, had questioned the propriety of Enrile's cash gifts to senators.
Santiago, together with Trillanes and Senators Alan Peter and Pia Cayetano, did not get cash gifts from Enrile.
In Malacañang, officials distanced themselves from persistent rumors of a plot to oust Enrile.
They also did not say if they support the moves of Trillanes, one of the senatorial candidates in President Aquino's slate.
“Suffice it to say that the President continues to have a good working relationship with the Senate president,” said deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte.
At the House of Representatives, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte still enjoys the trust and support of lawmakers.
“Makikita natin na lahat ng priority bills ng Aquino administration ay napasa ng Kamara like the sin tax, RH bill,” said Rep. Edgardo ‘Sonny’ Angara.
Despite the leadership issue at the Senate, both houses of Congress hope to pass important legislation before the campaign season kicks off in February. -- Reports from Jay Ruiz, ABS-CBN News; ANC