Senate to halt 2022 budget debates after DND chief contracts COVID-19 | Inquirer News

Senate to halt 2022 budget debates after DND chief contracts COVID-19

/ 09:41 PM November 17, 2021

Senate to halt 2022 budget debates after DND chief contracts COVID-19

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana  (Albert Calvelo/Senate PRIB)

MANILA, Philippines — The Senate is eyeing to suspend its plenary debates on the proposed 2022 budget after Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, who physically attended the deliberations on his agency’s funds, tested positive for the coronavirus.

The budget deliberations will resume on Monday next week, according to Senate President Vicente Sotto III.


“Senate will be disinfected. Then those who had close contact with him (Lorenzana) will have to undergo swab PCR on Saturday or Sunday,” Sotto said in a message to reporters.


Test within 24 hours

Sotto, during Wednesday’s plenary debates on the 2022 budget, said the Senate will now require visitors to present a negative result of a swab test taken within 24 hours.

“The hearing tomorrow may be suspended because of exposure,” Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri told reporters in a message in Filipino on Wednesday.

“We may have to resume on Monday so that we can all get a PCR test over the weekend,” he added.

Before this, Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel told his colleagues in plenary that Lorenzana tested positive for the virus.

The defense chief confirmed this and said he received his result Wednesday morning from a swab test he took Tuesday afternoon following the Senate debates on the Department of National Defense budget.

READ: Lorenzana tests positive for coronavirus a day after attending Senate budget hearing


“The proper protocol since we were exposed to Sec. Del yesterday. We must quarantine until Sunday. Testing…tapos kapag lumabas po na negative tayo, we can go back to work on Monday,” Zubiri said.

The majority leader recalled that the Senate faced a similar situation during last year’s budget debates.

It was Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) Director Isidro Lapeña who got COVID-19 at the time.

Lapeña had received his positive swab test result after the Senate deliberations on Tesda’s budget.

READ: Tesda chief Lapeña tests positive for COVID-19

Your subscription could not be saved. Please try again.
Your subscription has been successful.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.

“I recall it was Sec. Lapeña, and shortly after, Sen. Bato dela Rosa also got hit” Zubiri recounted.

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.

TAGS: 2022 budget, COVID-19, Nation, News, Senate

© Copyright 1997-2024 | 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.