ERAP HANDS IN COUP SEEN
NOVEMBER 19, 2008
Posted: March 6th, 2012 @ 12:55am
Mr. President, I rise on a matter of personal and collective privilege in connection with the current change of leadership in the Senate.
Mr. President, in the banner headline today at the Philippine Daily Inquirer, it reads “ERAP HAND IN COUP SEEN.”
Ako po ay tumatayo ngayon upang ihayag na walang katotohan ang nakasaad saPhilippine Daily Inquirer na ang Ama ko, si Pangulong Estrada, ay may kinalaman sa naganap na palitan ng liderato sa Senado. Nabanggit sa nasabing pahayagan na meron daw kasamahan akong Senador ang nagsabi ngunit hindi niya binulgar ang pangalan.
Binanggit ng nasabing Senador and I quote, “This is an opposition plot, and Erap is the master manipulator who played on their greed. I don’t think there was money involved here; its just preying on their ambitions.”
Ginoong Pangulo, kung sino man ang Senador na ito, dapat sigurong igalang natin ang kaniyang hinala ngunit hindi ito nangangahulugang ito ay katotohanan.
In fact, Mr. President, I would not have joined the sudden removal of SenatorVillar as President if it were for another Senator.
Mr. President, I would just like to remind my colleagues that Senate President Enrile is the President Emeritus of the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino of which I am the Executive Vice President. In this august chamber, we are the only ones belonging to the said party not to mention the fact that when my father was still a Senator, they were the only 2 opposition senators at the time. Senate President Enrile’s friendship with my family goes a long way and even beyond political relationship.
Mr. President, as a matter of fact, during the infamous impeachment of President Estrada, Senator Juan Ponce Enrile was one friend who remained steadfast and was unwavering in his support for my father.
In addition, Mr. President, just to emphasize the point, at the time that one of my esteemed colleagues suggested a change of leadership a few months ago and someone was tasked to call my father about the planned change, I did not join the said move.
Ginoong Pangulo, bagamat ang pagmamahal at paggalang ko sa aking ama ay walang hanggan, ang aking pagpapasiya sa lahat ng bagay na nauukol sa aking pagka Senador at sa anumang bagay na may kinalaman bilang mambabatas, ang lahat ng aking desisyon ay isinasang-ayon ko una sa Diyos, sa aking konsiyensiya at sa ikabubuti ng nakararami ng ating mga kababayan lalo na ang mahihirap.
Mr. President, as a loving and obedient son, I just informed President Estrada of a rumored coup last Sunday night and that was it.
Mr. President, I believe that Senate President Enrile is not only capable to guide this chamber’s new direction because of his wide and varying experiences in government
but can in fact lead this august chamber into the excellence that we dream of.
Mr. President, as Senate President Pro Tempore during the stewardship of former Senate President Manny Villar, I was loyal and obedient to my responsibilities and did my best.
Ginoong Pangulo, nararapat lamang siguro na isantabi na natin lahat ang nakaraan at harapin natin ang kinabukasan bilang mga iginagalang na lider ng ating bansa.
Tayo po ay magkapit-bisig at magtulungan upang isulong ang mga panukalang batas na mag-aangat sa antas ng kabuhayan ng ating kapwa Pilipino.
Mr. President and to my detractors, please help me channel my energies and capabilities to be a more productive member of this chamber and put aside politics in order for us to push for reforms and help uplift the plight of our suffering countrymen.
Mr. President, I would like to announce to all and sundry, especially to our people, that as soon as Charter Change and the extension of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s term will be pursued, I will immediately resign from the majority and lead to strongly oppose the said move.