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Senator Antontio Trillanes IV on Thursday admitted that he was working to oust Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile as head of the chamber.
"Yes and I'm still working and hoping for it," Trillanes told GMA News Online in a text message.
He refused, however, to elaborate on the matter.
Trillanes issued the statement after Enrile himself revealed that the former Navy officer wants him removed from the top Senate post.
A member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1995, Trillanes faced rebellion and coup d' etat charges during the Arroyo administration. He got his temporary freedom in December 2010 during the first months of the Aquino administration.
He had been in jail since the July 2003 Oakwood mutiny, but won a Senate seat during the 2007 polls. In January 2011, he applied for amnesty, which was approved the same month.
On Wednesday, Trillanes bolted the Senate majority bloc, saying that he has lost faith in Enrile's leadership.
He made his move after accusing Enrile of being a bully and a lackey of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Enrile has since denied Trillanes' claims.
On Thursday, he also dared Trillanes to get the needed votes to oust him as Senate chief.
"He can go around, it doesn't matter to me. I don't care if he's talking to anyone...he's not worth my while," said Enrile, a former defense minister and a veteran politician.
"Dapat sinabi niya sa akin, gusto niya maging Senate president. Bigay ko sa kanya pag meron siyang suporta," he added. — Kimberly Jane Tan/RSJ/HS, GMA News