235 lawmakers present at House’s early Monday session for 2012 Sona

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HOUSE ON A HUSTLE. A few minutes before the joint session of the 15th Congress opened, members of the House of Representatives are seen doing last-minute discussions with their colleagues before finding their seats. Photo by Karen Boncocan, INQUIRER. net

MANILA, Philippines—The joint session of the 15th Congress has been opened Monday morning, prior to President Benigno Aquino III’s third State of the Nation Address, which he will deliver in the afternoon.

Both leaders of the two chambers of Congress, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. and Senator Juan Ponce Enrile, convened their members and started the third regular session at 10 a.m.

Belmonte said that they were resuming work with “renewed vigor and a sense of urgency… to propel our country to higher growth.”

He added that the second regular session was closed “on a high note” having enacted various important bills.

Aside from Belmonte, seen inside the plenary hall were majority leader Neptali Gonzales II and minority leader Danilo Suarez. Former first lady and now Ilocos Norte Representative Imelda Marcos was also present.

Former President and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was unable to attend the opening of the third regular session.

She attended the opening of the second regular session but has been a no-show at Aquino’s first and second SONAs.

She has been under hospital arrest at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center since last year for charges of electoral sabotage.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L7PILUDK6IPFGJLJNCM2IROCRY Albin

    Congress opens. Send in the Clowns.

  • regd

    And this reporter requires 3 paragraph to explain why GMA was unable to attend when she can only do it in one? 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QZZKXPEA67I7HELEIYM35QVYFA Jon

    Palakpak brigade, pag-igihan ninyo ha?
    Tiyak na may panibagong panuhol kayong matatanggap kapag matuwa si Budoy.
    Sabayan nyo na rin ng song and dance para mas malaki ang bonus ninyo.

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