Sen. Bongbong Marcos explains abstention on JPE’s motion to declare the Senate Presidency vacant

22 January 2013

Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. on Monday abstained when the motion by Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile to declare the senate presidency vacant was put to a vote.

Eleven senators voted no to the motion which defeated the two yes votes of Sens. Antonio Trillanes IV and Aquilino Pimentel III, plus Enrile’s because he was the proponent of the motion, while Sen. Joker Arroyo has similar abstain position with Marcos.

In an interview after the vote, Marcos told reporters that he decided to abstain because he felt his colleagues were not ready and had no time to discuss the matter first.

Enrile retains the senate presidency although he manifested on the floor that he would again move to declare the top senate post vacant in the succeeding sessions.

“Hindi kami handa dahil gusto ko sanang mapag-usapan kasama ang aking mga kapwa senador pero hindi nga kami nabigyan ng oras. Alam ko naman kung ano ang magiging takbo ng boto and nasabi nga niya (Enrile) na uulitin nga niya (ang motion) pag kumpleto na ang mga senador. Sabi ko mag-aabstain muna ako, antayin ko pagka kumpleto na ang mga senador,” Marcos said.

When asked if Enrile’s move was meant to test the senators, Marcos expressed belief that the Senate President might have wanted to resolve, once and for all, the issue on whether they wanted to replace him or not.
“Pero ang puno’t dulo nyan ang huhusga sa kanya ay ang mga senador kaya napaka-importante na mapag-usapan, ma-discuss ng mabuti,” Marcos stressed.