21 senators present at early Monday session; Pangilinan, Santiago absent



21 SENATORS. Senate session begins early Monday with 21 senators present before President Benigno Aquino III’s third Sona. Photo by Katherine Evangelista, INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines—Session at the Senate of the Philippines resumed at exactly 10 a.m. Monday with 21 senators present.

Senators Francis Pangilinan and Miriam Defensor-Santiago were absent.

In a letter addressed to Senate Secretary Atty. Emma Lirio Reyes, Santiago excused herself from the opening ceremony due to sickness.

“Kindly mark her in the Senate Journal as ‘On Sick Leave’,” Santiago’s chief of staff Atty. Camille Sevilla said in the letter. Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and Senate Majority Floor Leader Vicente Sotto III were also given copies of the letter.

Senator Allan Peter Cayetano came a few minutes late.

The session adjourned 45 minutes later after Senator Ponce-Enrile delivered his speech. It will convene again at 4 p.m. on Monday at the House of Representatives to give way to President Aquino’s third Sona.

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  • Ronald_18

    Baka naman nag pa pa check up sa Mental Hospital, kaya wala si Miriam. O di kaya, walang pambili ng damit dahil na impeached si Corona at hindi naibigay yung full payment sa kanya.

  • Noel

    Miriam Santiago was absent because she had no new Terno to wear while Kiko Pangilinan was asked by wife Sharon to watch over the kids.

  • PutingAgila

    Santiago has been mentally sick from the beginning. 


    NABISTO tuloy ng di ina-asahan si Pangilinan at si Santiago na mag-kwan pala.  Ay, sya, bahala na kayong mag-isip kung ano ang ibig sabihin nyan.

    • Marx Louis Wang

       Dios por santos! Sa palagay mo ipagpapalit ni Pangilinan ang misis niya? Sa palagay mo may appeal si Santiago? Sa palagay mo sinulsulan ni Santiago si Pangilinan? Sa palagay mo nag-date sila kagabi? Sa palagay mo… (Pahiram nitonng sinabi mo: “Ay, sya, bahala na kayong mag-isip kung ano ang ibig sabihin nyan.”)

      • UrHONOR

        Dios por dos, IKAW,  anong sa palagay mo?

        Anong sa palagay mo ang hyperbole?

      • Noel

         Dahil naging parang balyena na si Sharon sa taba kaya sa iba ang tingin ngayon ni Kiko.  Unknown to many, Kiko has a mistress who he sent to the Visayas to hide her pregnancy and now has a baby courtesy of Kiko.

  • marciano3rd

    Miriam has mental ailment. Bring her to a Psychiatric ward.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BJWOSERENIZQCR35IJH6SLXBUI cali

    andun nga si Miriam sa mental para sa daily check up…kaya absent

  • billy31

    Miriam was in a Special Education “SPED” School attending classes as a student!

  • doublecross

    nag-tatae kc si mommy mongoloids…..

  • kajaime

    i wish to see the real representatives of filipino people in the senate. that is only possible if election of senators are held by region. at present, most of the senators are residents of metro manila. worst, kapatid, kamag anak at anak ay magkakasama pa sa senado. it does not follow the democratic principle of equal representation in the senate….

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3ADZ3P36H4HQ62S77WKSMA5TOQ Estenio

    It’s revealing and quite  frustrating to read some of the above  posts. As if we are not maturing as a people. Anyway, as one social scientists argued, culture is what make us feel happy and wanted in our immediate community.  Because it is part of our daily life just to critique in whatever way and degree. Leo Tolstoy once said, everybody wants to change the world, but no one wants to change him/herself!

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