Enrile wants to be Senate minority leader

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 14 2019 10:22 AM

MANILA- If elected to the Senate anew, former Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile would like to serve as minority leader.

The 95-year-old veteran politician said Thursday he no longer plans to lead any committee in the legislative chamber.

“If I can make it, I would like to be a minority floor leader. In that case, I will be a member of all the committees,” he told reporters ahead of a campaign sortie in Antipolo City.

Enrile, a former Senate president, said he simply wants to “ask questions, raise issues, and craft legislation” if he wins in the May 13 polls.

“I’m just going to help and maybe help my colleagues because they are younger,” he said.

At present, Sen. Franklin Drilon leads the minority bloc at the Senate.

Enrile is running under the banner of former president and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada’s Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino party.

He was first elected senator in 1987 and was re-elected for a second term in 1995.

In 2004, Enrile made a comeback bid for his third Senate term and was re-elected for a fourth term in 2010.

If he wins in the upcoming midterm elections, it will be his fifth term in the chamber.

Enrile was in the 17th to 18th bracket in a January Pulse Asia survey on senatorial preferences.

Asked about his chances of winning, Enrile said: “I was never confident in anything. I just do the best I can and I pray.”