The longest running act in Philippine politics may be getting set for a diminished role following President Benigno S. Aquino III’s takeover and apparent dominance of the Senate following mid-term elections on May 13. It appears as if Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile will likely lose his post to Aquino’s allies, most probably to Sen. Franklin Drilon, 68, who previously served as Senate President from 2001 to 2006. Given the longstanding enmity between Enrile and the Aquino clan, the president needs to have him out of the senate’s top job.

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