Enrile may likely run for Senate president

July 21, 2010 11:07 pm 

MANILA, July 21 –- The battle for the Senate presidency in the 15th Congress has taken a new twist after another group of senators reportedly pushed Senator Juan Ponce Enrile as "compromised" leader amid failures of other candidates to muster the required 13 votes to win.

According to radio reports, the group was able to convince Enrile to run as Senate president after showing him the list of enough number of senators pushing for his candidacy.

Some of the senators in the list include Senators Gregorio Honasan, Tito Sotto III, Juan Miguel Zubiri, Ramon Revilla Jr., Jinggoy Estrada and Francis Escudero.

The name of Senator Edgardo Angara has not been mentioned despite claiming that Zubiri, Sotto, Honasan and Revilla belong to his bloc.

Angara’s bloc was scheduled to name its choice for Senate president on Wednesday, but failed to make any announcement and instead came out with a press statement rebuffing speculations of power vacuum once the 15th Congress opens on Monday.

With most of the group members supporting Enrile’s entry as possible compromised leader, Angara is reportedly considering to form an alliance with Senator Manny Villar who is already assured of seven votes.

Villar is counting on allies Senators Alan Peter Cayetano, Pia Cayetano, Joker Arroyo, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Loren Legarda.

Enrile’s name came out as possible compromised leader as both Senators Villar and Francis ‘Kiko’ Pangilinan still failed to get 13 votes with only five days left before the opening of the 15th Congress on July 26.

Enrile was installed Senate president in November of 2008 after a brewing coup forced Villar to resign. Enrile’s term as Senate president and senator ended last June 30.

He was reelected in the May 10 national elections for another six-year term until 2016. (PNA) scs/jfm

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