Enrile: I will convene Congress in same week if elections fail
Posted by akosistella on April 19, 2010
Senate President and reelectionist Juan Ponce Enrile said on Monday that in the “extreme possibility” that a nationwide failure of elections occurs on May 10, he will immediately convene Congress “not later than Friday of that week, announce that there was no election of president and vice-president,” and follow the Constitutional rule on succession: that whoever is Senate President when the vacancy occurs will serve as acting President until a new President and Vice-President shall have been elected.
Asked for details on GMA7’s Unang Hirit, where he guested with two other senatorial candidates for the election forum Hiritan 2010, Enrile said: “At that point, if I’m not elected as a senator and there’s not enough for a quorum in the Senate to elect a president of the Senate after June 30, I will relinquish my position as Senate President to a senator whose term will end [in 2013], and make him Senate President so that the rule of succession will continue.”
Enrile was referring to a number of incumbent senators who could legally replace him as Senate President if he is not reelected, since their terms would end in 2013 and are not involved in the presidential contest. He mentioned specifically Senators Francis Escudero, Francis Pangilinan, Alan Peter Cayetano, Joker Arroyo, Gregorio Honasan, and Edgardo Angara.