Senate to hold May 4 session despite rumor of quarantine extension | Inquirer News
Close  

Senate to hold May 4 session despite rumor of quarantine extension

By: - Reporter / @ConsINQ
/ 12:26 AM April 19, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Senate will continue its session after May 4 even with the rumor of a  possible extension of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), Senate President Vicente Sotto III said Saturday.

“The legislative calendar cannot be changed — not even if the executive department or the President were to announce that ECQ would be extended until the middle of May,” Sotto said, speaking partly in Filipino, in an interview over AM radio station DWIZ.

ADVERTISEMENT

“As far as House and the Senate are concerned, that’s our legislative calendar. That’s our mandate. So we have to convene on May 4, no matter what,” he added.

After the session break, he said lawmakers would prioritize matters on COVID-19, such as the impact that the national ID system might have on it.

FEATURED STORIES

But Sen. Panfilo Lacson said there were calls to adjust the legislative calendar, saying the session break could be extended.

“The SONA [State of the Nation Address in July [fourth Monday of the month] has to comply with the Constitution. But when we return in May, the Senate will be under sine die [no appointed date for resumption of session] in June. So after one month. we will still need to comply. The session break may still be extended,” he said, speaking partly in Filipino, in another interview in AM radio station DWIZ.

/atm

For more news about the novel coronavirus click here.
What you need to know about Coronavirus.
For more information on COVID-19, call the DOH Hotline: (02) 86517800 local 1149/1150.

The Inquirer Foundation supports our healthcare frontliners and is still accepting cash donations to be deposited at Banco de Oro (BDO) current account #007960018860 or donate through PayMaya using this link .

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: coronavirus pandemic, coronavirus Philippines, COVID-19, legislative calendar, Panfilo Lacson, Senate, Vicente Sotto III
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2021 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.