MANILA, Philippines - Any effort to unseat Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile once Congress resumes session next month would be considered an unpopular move, a senator said yesterday.
The source, who voted to retain Enrile in the presidency following the 2010 elections, doused rumors that there remain key personalities who are still salivating to get the top post.
“Why remove him now when he is doing well,” the senator told The STAR, noting that Enrile, 88, has been handling the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona quite well.
He said Enrile gives stability to the Senate as an institution and his high trust ratings should be considered as gauge for anybody who will try to hatch a coup.
“Any effort to remove him now would be unpleasant. It will be unpopular. Maybe, after the impeachment, they will try to replace him. But not now,” the senator said.
Anybody who will attempt to take the seat from Enrile should secure at least 13 votes to remove him.
Last Sunday, Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago claimed that there will always be individuals who would aspire to replace Enrile in the top post.
Commenting on possible coup rumors that are always hatched during congressional breaks, Santiago did not discount the possibility that there will be talks because the “devil never sleeps.”
She said there will always be some person who has ambition to become Senate president, with or without the impeachment trial.
During the recent Pulse Asia survey, Enrile got a 71 percent performance rating, seven percent disapproval rating with only 21 percent undecided.
Enrile was in second spot, next to Vice President Jejomar Binay, who remains the public official with the highest performance mark.
Pulse Asia said 84 percent approve of Binay’s performance while three percent disapprove, and 13 percent are undecided.
President Aquino, who got a 70 percent performance rating and nine percent disapproval rating with 21 percent undecided, came in third.