Trillanes faces eviction from SET

By Lynda Jumilla and Alvin Elchico, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 21 2012 12:23 PM | Updated as of Sep 22 2012 11:39 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV faces eviction from the influential Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) after his public spat with Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile last Wednesday.

In an interview over DZMM's Failon Ngayon, Enrile said Trillanes owes his SET seat to their group.

"We can actually remove him from the SET, because yung position niya (SET) is alloted to our group. Because for every four senators, we're entitled to one membership in the SET," he said.

Under the Constitution, the Senate Electoral Tribunal judges all contests relating to the elections, returns and qualifications of its members.

Trillanes's committees

Trillanes may also lose his committee chairmanships since he is now with the minority.

"Kung ika'y gusto mo talagang maging tunay na minority at hindi pagkukunwari lang dahil nga may hinanakit ka na walang dahilan, gawin mo yun (let go of committees). Prinsipyo ang pinaguusapan natin hindi ka-plastikan."

Enrile earlier said Trillanes sought for a bigger budget for his oversight committee but was rejected.

Trillanes holds the chairmanship position in the following committees: Amateur Sports Competitiveness,  Civil Service and Government Reorganization, and the Select Oversight Committee on Government Procurement.

"Civil service and government reorganization, well he can handle that. We will give it to him because we don't want to appear petty. Pero yung oversight committee niya ay siguro we will consider that." Enrile said.

Last Wednesday, Trillanes lashed out against Enrile's leadership for the senate president's alleged bullying in pushing for certain bills. He later on bolted out of the majority.

Enrile rebuffed Trillanes and exposed the latter's clandestine role in the Philippines' territorial row with China particularly over Panatag or Scarborough Shoal.