Palace denies instigating coup vs Enrile

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 19 2012 02:45 PM | Updated as of Dec 20 2012 03:01 AM

Enrile absent at budget signing

MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang denied Wednesday it is instigating a coup to remove Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile from his post.

Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO) Secretary Ricky Carandang said there is no reason why the Palace should move against Enrile, describing the relations between the President and Enrile as “good.”

“It’s good. There are obviously issues where Senator Enrile does not agree with the administration but there are also many issues where he has been very helpful with the administration. So I would say that the relations between the President and Senator Enrile are good at this point,” Carandang told reporters.

“We’re not thinking of anything along those lines. As far as I know, there’s no plan of anything to rock the boat in the Senate.”

Enrile was not present during the signing of the 2013 General Appropriations Act at the Palace where Aquino thanked Enrile, along with Speaker Sonny Belmonte, for its timely passage.

Carandang said the Palace is also not bothered by Enrile’s affiliation with the UNA and his campaigning for UNA’s senatorial slate.

“Senator Enrile has his political affiliations. That’s his right. We don’t take offense at that,” Carandang said.

“Most of these things are a function not so much of whether or not Malacañang wants something. It’s really more of a function of the Senate’s own dynamics. So I think questions like that are better asked of members of the Senate than of us. As far as we’re concerned, we’re not interested at this point at rocking the boat.”