By Raïssa Robles
This is a most unusual showdown between Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and the youngest member of the Senate, Antonio Trillanes.
Harsh, biting words were said here.
Libelous words were said here.
UPDATE as of 8:30 pm September 18, 2012:
Trillanes uttered his most cutting remark against Enrile when he accused the latter of being former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s secret agent in the Senate:
Nakakatawag si GMA, solid samahan nilang dalawa. Nagpapadikta kay GMA. He’s being held by the balls. I don’t know baka my utang na loob.
Enrile does owe a lot to Arroyo. He won in 2004 because of her.
You can read the rest of the story by R.G. Cruz here.
Trillanes has now set the ball rolling for Enrile’s fall from the Senate presidency.
Enrile must have seen this coming like a train. This could explain why Enrile was in an icy rage by the time Senate minority floor leader Alan Peter Cayetano tried to intervene diplomatically.
Enrile flicked Cayetano away saying –
Your Honor, I’ve been in charge of national security in this country before you were born and I know what I’m talking about.
You have to watch the ABS-CBN ANC video below. My hubby Alan remarked to me –
It’s like watching Mean Girls, only a lot uglier.
UPDATE: Mel, an active member of our Cyber Plaza Miranda, found this other video. This is actually the continuation of the video above. Thanks @Mel
Even as I write this, political realignments may be taking place.
Don’t worry. Such realignments are normal in the Senate.
It’s only a wonder that Enrile has lasted in the top post for so long.
The even more serious effect on all these is the possible fallout on the country’s already tense relations with China.
UPDATE Sept. 19, 2012 as of 9:14 pm:
Enrile claims Trillanes is the senator behind the plot to oust him.
UPDATE: Sept. 19, 2012 as of 10:21 pm
This is the privilege speech of Trillanes wherein he announced he was leaving the coalition that was behind Enrile. Thanks @Mel who found it. It was this speech that led to the verbal clash with Enrile.
Looking back, I believe it was the failed backdoor negotiations between Trillanes and Arroyo that also prompted Trillanes to resort to a coup on July 27, 2003.