MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno Aquino III indeed had dinner with senators on Wednesday night, but it was just a “social event,” Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said.
In a text message, Lacierda said: "We confirm that the president had dinner with the senators, with the exception of Senators Joker Arroyo, Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Koko Pimentel, and Bongbong Marcos. Senator Escudero just dropped by as it was his birthday. It was a purely social event."
Reports said the Wednesday dinner was a thanksgiving of sorts for the senators who moved to oust Chief Justice Renato Corona in May.
Arroyo, Marcos and Defensor-Santiago moved to acquit Corona.
Nonetheless, the dinner triggered another round of speculations of a move to unseat Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile.
Drilon also confirmed this morning there was a dinner Wednesday night, wherein they supposedly discussed the Anti-Money Laundering Law.
"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.
Drilon is supposedly being eyed to replace Enrile.