PANOORIN: Enrile Nakatanggap Ng Sekretong Dokumento Para Makapagbagsak Kay Trillanes
Trillanes suddenly took to the floor on Wednesday, September 19, and announced that he is bolting the Senate majority coalition after losing trust in Enrile’s leadership.
PAST ISSUE: In a privilege speech, Trillanes accused Enrile of gerrymandering and being a lackey of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo by pushing for the division of Camarines Sur. Trillanes recalled that in a Senate caucus held last July 24, Enrile pressured senators to support the division of the province.
“Our Senate President is deeply indebted to GMA; or that he is a GMA lackey. Either way, I have lost trust, faith and confidence in Senator Enrile’s capability to lead the senate along the path consistent with the reform agenda that I espouse.” The division of the district is supposed to benefit Arroyo's son and incumbent Rep Dato Arroyo. Enrile was quick to respond. He immediately took the podium but instead of discussing Camarines Sur, the Senate President said at issue was Trillanes’ back-door negotiations with China over Manila's territorial dispute with Beijing over the South China Sea.
“Somebody in this chamber was in the headlines for meddling in foreign affairs,” Enrile said in reference to Trillanes. “Probably this is a way to camouflage it.”
The Philippine Daily Inquirer on Wednesday reported that Trillanes was accusing Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario of sabotaging his "back-channel efforts" to find a diplomatic solution to the problem with China over the South China Sea. The Senate President even reminded Trillanes, "I was the one who took you out of the rut when you were in prison in Camp Crame.
I went out of the way to talk to people so you can get back here in the Senate and I guaranteed your presence here, but I’m not saying this because I don’t want you to owe any favor to me. I’m just putting that into record to show the character of each one of us here.” Enrile threatened to read what he said were notes of Philippine Ambassador to China Sonia Brady about a meeting with Trillanes in Beijing. At this point, Trillanes said Enrile was being out of order because the notes concerned sensitive information on foreign relations and security.