Senator Franklin Drilon’s elected as Senate President – defeats Enrile

Liberal Party (LP) on Monday secured the Senate leadership with administration Senator Franklin Drilon’s election as Senate President. Drilon, LP vice-chairman, defeated Senator Juan Ponce Enrile, who resigned as Senate President before the closing of the last Congress. Drilon obtained 17 votes against Enrile’s six. enators Juan Edgardo Angara, Bam Aquino, Loren Legarda, Francis Escudero, Alan Peter Cayetano, Cynthia Villar, Aquilino Pimentel III, Antonio Trillanes IV, and Grace Poe. Senators Enrile, Pia Cayetano, Ralph Recto, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., Teofisto Guingona III and Sergio Osmena III also voted for Drilon. Likewise, Senators Lito Lapid and Ramon Bong Revilla Jr., who are aligned with the Lakas-CMD associated with former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, supported Drilon. Those who voted for Enrile include his fellow members of the Senate “macho bloc:” Senators Gregorio Honasan, Jinggoy Estrada and Vicente Sotto III. Senators Drilon, Nancy Binay and JV Ejercito also voted for Enrile. Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, however, was absent during the voting. Third time as Senate chief This is Drilon’s third stint as Senate President. He also led the chamber from April to November 2000 during the term of President Joseph Estrada, and from July 2001 to July 2006 under the administration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Before becoming a senator, Drilon was also secretary of labor, secretary of justice and executive secretary of President Aquino’s mother, the late President Corazon Aquino. As Senate President, Drilon is now tasked to preside over all of the chamber’s sessions, to sign documents on behalf of the whole Senate, and to diminish or increase the number of the chamber’s personnel. He also now becomes the ex-office chairman of the Commission on Appointments, which has the power to approve or disapprove appointments made by the President. The Senate President’s influence was made clear to the public last year during former Chief Justice Renato Corona’s impeachment trial at the Senate, where Enrile impressed even hard-core critics with his even-handed leadership in a process that led to Corona’s conviction
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