Enrile quits as Senate President; Senators object motion to declare his position vacant

Amid challenges facing his office, Senator Juan Ponce Enrile attempted to quit his post as Senate President of the Philippines on Monday, January 21, 2013.

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In the middle of a lengthy privilege speech, an emotional Enrile moved to declare the position of Senate President vacant.

However, Senate Majority Leader Tito Sotto and Senator Ping Lacson immediately stood up and objected his motion.

Video and transcript of Sen. Enrile’s privilege speech

Voting 3 in favor, 11 against and 2 abstained, majority of the senators —Sotto, Jinggoy Estrada, Gringo Honasan, Lacson, Bong Revilla, Frank Drilon, TJ Guingona, Ralph Recto, Lito Lapid, Chiz Escudero, and Loren Legarda— agreed that Enrile remains the Senate President.

The senators who voted to declare the Senate presidency vacant were Antonio Trillanes, Koko Pimentel and Enrile, while those who abstained were senators Joker Arroyo and Bongbong Marcos.