Enrile acknowledges failed Senate coup; 'Not everybody happy'
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MANILA, Philippines – Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile conceded on Wednesday that his blockbuster campaign slogan in the last election - "Gusto ko happy ka!" - apparently failed to work on some of his colleagues, as he blamed certain “unhappy” ones for a reported ouster plot against him.
The failed coup d’ etat against his leadership was instigated by a senator who is not "happy" with some of his decisions and stands on issues, the Senate chief said. At the same time, however, he ruled out the involvement of senators who are on the other side of the debate from him on two burning issues: the RH bill and the bill dividing Camarines Sur.
"Hindi ko naman pwedeng maging kasama ang lahat ng senador. Kung mayroong natutuwa, mayroon din medyo nadidissmaya sa aking pamamalakad. Talagang ganon eh [I cannot always be with all senators on all counts. If some people are pleased with the way I run things, there are others who aren’t],” Enrile said.
Enrile said he wanted "everybody to be happy" about his leadership, but could not stop those who fret and plot.
"There are simply those who aren’t satisfied because I cannot oblige them on everything. Matters like, additional budgets, positions in the Senate. You know, I cannot make everybody happy, even though I once said, 'Gusto ko happy ka!' [his campaign slogan]. It’s just too difficult to make everyone happy,” Enrile said, speaking in Filipino.
However, Enrile dismissed the notion that the planned change of leadership was tied to the pendency of the Reproductive Health bill—where he is among those seen giving the sponsors a hard time-- and a House measure dividing Camarines Sur.
“Hindi naman sa RH yun. To be fair to the sponsors of RH bill, they are all mature and professionals. Hindi rin sa CamSur,’ Enrile said.
Rumors circulated in the Senate over the weekend that some unsatisfied members of the chamber wanted a change in leadership, and the names of Senators Ralph Recto and Manny Villar were floated as possible replacements.
Enrile believes the Liberal Party where Recto belongs, and the Nacionalista Party (NP) of Villar, have nothing to do with the supposed plan, which he ascribes simply to the personal ambition of a member whom he refused to name.
“Hindi ko alam. To be fair to the Liberal Party, walang move. Pati ‘yung Nacionalista Party, walang move. Personal ‘yun,” Enrile said.
Drilon, who was rumored to have hosted the informal gathering, denied that he or any LP members instigated the plan.
But, Enrile said if "they" have the numbers to replace him as Senate President, he will graciously step down. "I am ready to vacate my post. Why should I deprive someone [with the votes] of the chance to lead the chamber?"