Senate adjourns sine die

Senate adjourns ‘sine die’ second regular session of 19th Congress

/ 08:43 PM May 22, 2024

Senate adjourns

MANILA, Philippines — The Senate adjourned sine die on Wednesday and formally closed the second regular session of the 19th Congress.

Newly elected Senate President Francis “Chiz” Escudero adjourned the session and banged the gavel past 8 p.m. In his closing speech, the new Senate leader apologized to all people affected by the ouster of his predecessor — former Senate chief Juan Miguel Zubiri.


Escudero earlier admitted to instigating the coup that led to Zubiri’s resignation.


READ: Escudero behind Zubiri ouster but denies Palace hand

“Similar to what I said earlier, I have only been serving as Senate president for two days. I just want to deliver a simple message. Once again, sincere congratulations and thanks to Senate President Zubiri and the leadership of the Senate for the past two years for their sincere service to the people, as well as to every single member of the Senate,” said Escudero.

“I also want to convey my sincere gratitude to everyone who believed and trusted [in me]. And I ask for your forgiveness—if we bothered anyone, if we hurt anyone. If we have stepped on your feet, I hope you will accept my full humility and apology,” he added.

Under his leadership. Escudero said he will do “everything” to, at least, match what the past presidents of the Senate have done and achieved.

Congress is set to open its third regular session in July, in time for President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s third State of the Nation Address.

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