Enrile quits as Senate president

Jinggoy named acting president

(UPDATED) Juan Ponce Enrile tendered his irrevocable resignation as president of the Senate on Wednesday afternoon.

Enrile made the announcement following the privilege speech he delivered during the last session day of the 15th Congress.

“As a matter of a personal honor and integrity, I hereby irrevocably resign as Senate President,” Enrile said.

“Let us all be men and women worthy of being called ‘Honorable Senators.’ Let the chips fall where they may… May God bless our country and our people,” he added.

The octogenarian expressed no regret in being able to muster support from the majority long enough amid “constantly shifting political tides.”

In his speech, Enrile also addressed allegations against him, which he said contributed his son, outgoing Cagayan Rep. Juan Ponce “Jack” Enrile, losing in the May 2013 senatorial polls.

“The common analysis of political observers was that my son’s candidacy suffered from the fall-out of the bitter criticisms and accusations hurled against me by some people in this Chamber who I had displeased, just as we were entering the political campaign season,” Enrile said.
 
“The enmity that marked the ending of our session days last January and early February was carried well into the campaign,” he added. “This was helped in no small measure by the virulent personal attacks against me by a non-candidate Senator who fashions herself as my nemesis and who evidently delights in doing the job.

“Yet Jack forged on, plodded and toiled on his own. He braved the storm and took on all the brickbats and accusations, both old and new,” he added.

Enrile was apparently referring to Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, who publicly criticized Enrile for his “unethical ways” of running the Senate since December.

Without specifically naming them, Enrile also took a jab at Senators Alan Peter Cayetano and Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV, both of whom had clashed with him in the months leading to the May elections.

“Based on the so-called ‘official results', one Senator who had openly accused me of anomalies and venalities in running the Senate, and another young Senator who said that Juan Ponce Enrile ‘has not done anything good for this country’, have both earned a fresh mandate to serve in this Chamber,” Enrile said. "I respect that mandate as all of us should."

[RELATED: Full text of Enrile's speech]

Meanwhile, senators agreed to appoint Senate President Pro Tempore Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada as the acting Senate president.

Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto and Senator Franklin Drilon cited various sections under the Rules of the Senate that support the decision.

“It grieves my heart to take not of the irrevocable resignation of the Senate president. We will place that on record,” Sotto said following a short caucus.

Drilon, who earlier admitted he is seeking the Senate presidency in the 16th Congress, cited Section V, Rule IV under Senate rules supporting Estrada’s appointment.

“Consistent with this rule, we want to place that rule that Senate Pro Tempore Jinggoy Estrada is now the acting Senate president,” Drilon said.

Outgoing Senator Joker Arroyo eventually took the podium to congratulate Estrada, who said he is willing to hold an election Enrile’s replacement.

This came a week after Drilon said Enrile allowed the Liberal Party (LP) to court senators that are aligned with him in the so-called “Macho Bloc.”

The “Macho Bloc” is a group of senators composed of Enrile, Estrada, Sotto and re-elected Senator Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan, who are all associated with the opposition.

Drilon added that Enrile assured him of the United Nationalist Coalition (UNA)’s commitment to be a "constructive" opposition bloc in the Senate.

Senator Juan Ponce Enrile announces his resignation as Senate President during a privilege speech at the Senate in Pasay City, June 5, 2013. Enrile announced his irrevocable resignation, as a matter ... more 
Senator Juan Ponce Enrile announces his resignation as Senate President during a privilege speech at the Senate in Pasay City, June 5, 2013. Enrile announced his irrevocable resignation, as a matter of personal honor and dignity. (Voltaire Domingo/NPPA Images) less 
1 / 5
NPPA
Wed, Jun 5, 2013 5:00 PM PHT
Loading...

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • APEC trade chiefs vow to speed up work in WTO

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Trade ministers from 21 Asia-Pacific countries on Sunday issued strong support to the World Trade Organization's efforts to boost global trade amid a flurry of regional free trade agreements. …

  • Negotiations on TPP in 'end-game', says US trade representative
    Negotiations on TPP in 'end-game', says US trade representative

    Negotiations to form the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade zone are in the "end-game", US Trade Representative Mike Froman said Sunday. Asked about a timetable, Froman said: "We agreed to conclude (the TPP talks) the moment that we have an agreement on an ambitious, comprehensive and high-standard agreement." "The focus will now shift to the US House of Representatives when they come back from recess and we look forward to working with them to get it passed as soon as possible," he …

  • ‘Taklub’ wins jury prize in Cannes
    ‘Taklub’ wins jury prize in Cannes

    The Yolanda-inspired film “Taklub” has won a special award at the Cannes Film Festival in France. The advocacy film, which had a successful premiere last Tuesday under the festival’s Un Certain Regard section, is directed by 2009 Cannes best director Brillante Mendoza and top-billed by Nora Aunor. The award cited the film’s sensitive portrayal of individuals and communities in the Philippines fighting to continue living despite natural disasters exposing them to suffering and death. …

  • Orphan tops chemical engineering board exam
    Orphan tops chemical engineering board exam

    A 21-year-old orphan from Capiz topped the chemical engineering board examinations held this month. Remington Salaya, a cum laude graduate of the Central Philippine University in Iloilo, ranked first in the board examinations with a score of 83.30 percent. Out of 405 chemical engineering graduates who took the exam in mid-May, 239 passed. …

  • A sunset party for APEC delegates
    A sunset party for APEC delegates

    Greeted by the beat of Ati-atihan drummers, delegates of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation trade ministers meeting enjoyed a welcome dinner and cultural presentation at sunset yesterday. Dubbed FuntaSea, Shangri-La Boracay Resort and Spa’s Banyugan Beach was transformed into a fantasy island, complete with mermaids, fire dancers, and choreographed paraws (sailboat) representing the best of Boracay. With APEC meetings being held all over the Philippines, each presentation is conceptualized …

  • UN chief urges peaceful solution of sea dispute
    UN chief urges peaceful solution of sea dispute

    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called Friday for a peaceful solution to territorial disputes in the South China Sea, where China’s increased assertiveness has alarmed its smaller neighbors. In Manila, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. appealed to China to respect various international agreements on freedom of navigation and aviation. Coloma’s call came in the wake of an incident Wednesday where Chinese naval forces warned a US …

  • Phl seeks transparency, inclusivity in Asean-China Center
    Phl seeks transparency, inclusivity in Asean-China Center

    Philippine Ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Elizabeth Buensuceso has called on participants of the ASEAN-China Center (ACC) brainstorming session to vigorously work on promoting ASEAN-China relations under the principles of inclusivity, transparency and centrality. The brainstorming session, attended by the ACC’s joint council and joint executive board members, also involved a midterm review of ACC’s work since its establishment in 2011. The ACC aims to promote …

  • Lebanon tightens rules on HSW repatriation
    Lebanon tightens rules on HSW repatriation

    Distressed Filipino domestic helpers in Lebanon may find it more difficult to return home. The government of Lebanon has tightened the rules on repatriation of distressed household service workers (HSWs), Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz reported yesterday. Citing a report from the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO), Baldoz said the Lebanese government opted to re-impose a previous policy requiring investigation into every case of HSWs who ran away from their employers and sought …

POLL

Should Aquino be held accountable over the Mamasapano operations?

Loading...
Poll Choice Options