MANILA, Philippines - The Palace denied Monday that it is behind reported efforts to oust Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, allegedly due to disagreements over the Reproductive Health Bill.
“We have always said that we have a good working relationship with the Senate President,” Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said.
“The responsible parenthood bill is not the sum of the relationship between the executive and the legislature,” she added.
Enrile earlier said he will not vote for the RH Bill even if it leads to his son, Cagayan Rep. Jack Enrile, losing in the 2013 senatorial election.
The Senate President has been consistent in his opposition to the RH Bill, saying that the measure is not aimed at providing help to women's health but just a mechanism to control the population.
CBCP Episcopal Commission on Family and Life executive secretary Fr. Melvin Castro earlier asked for prayers for Enrile after receiving reports that he may be ousted from his position because of his stance versus the bill.
“We beg you to pray (to) Our Lord through Our Lady to thwart all their plans. O Mary, save our country from danger. We are yours. Help us in this hour of need,” Castro asked.