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14 Senators sign statement supporting Zubiri's leadership amidst coup rumors
14 Senators sign statement supporting Zubiri's leadership amidst coup rumors
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14 Senators sign statement supporting Zubiri's leadership amidst coup rumors
by Ellicia Del Mundo05 March 2024
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At least 14 senators signed a statement expressing support for Senate President Juan Miguel 'Migz' Zubiri amidst the change of leadership rumors.

"We stand firm behind the leadership of Senate President Juan Miguel "Migz" Zubiri, under whose guiding hand the Senate has maintained its dignity and independence as one of our nation's greatest bulwarks of democracy," the senators affirmed in the statement of support released Monday, March 4.

They praised Zubiri for his "consensus-building and consultative leadership" and said he shaped the Senate with wisdom and not with autocratic force.

As per the senators, their confidence in the Senate President grew stronger when he led them in opposing the People's Initiative to amend the 1987 Constitution.

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"The integrity of Senate President Zubiri is beyond question. With him at the helm, the Senate is certain that in pushing legislative agenda, the interest of the country and our people are his only considerations, never his own," the senators said.

"Now more than ever, the chamber needs to rally behind a leader who is untainted by corruption or conflict-of-interest, as attempts to discredit the Senate are being used to anchor proposals that would render the institution irrelevant," they added.

Among the signee were Senators Loren Legarda, Sherwin 'Win' Gatchalian, Sony Angara, JV Ejercito, Grace Poe, Joel Villanueva, Maria Lourdes Nancy Binay, Manuel 'Lito' Lapid, Raffy Tulfo, Mark Villar, Ronald 'Bato' Dela Rosa, Francis 'Tol' Tolentino, and Christopher Lawrence 'Bong' Go.

Zubiri also signed the statement of support.

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In an ambush interview, Senator Imee Marcos confirmed the rumored plot to oust Zubiri but claimed congressmen are pushing this.

"Maraming ugong pero lahat ng ugong galing sa Kongreso, hindi sa Senador. Nakakatawa nga, panalitan na lang kaya nila yung Speaker, bakit nila papakiaalaman yung SP [Senate President]?"

Marcos claimed that "there's a lot of pressure" to change the Senate leadership outside the institution.

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