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May pasok! It’s business as usual for Senate on Nov. 13-15

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It will be “business as usual” for the Senate on Nov. 13 to 15, Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III on Tuesday announced.

“Sa legis (legislative) calendar namin, Nov. 13 kami (mag) resume ng session. The House (of Representatives) will observe the declared ‘holiday.’ Kami (in the Senate), mag-work on holiday,” he said.

The said dates have been declared by Malacanang as a special non-working holiday due to the hosting of the leaders’ meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Clark, Pampanga.

Pimentel said there’s nothing wrong with the two Houses resuming its regular sessions on different dates as this has happened in the past.

“They worked during a day declared as holiday because of typhoon (while we did not),” he said.

The Senate leader said they are currently discussing their schedule as those lined up for floor deliberations on the said dates are priority measures such as the 2018 national budget and the proposed Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Act (TRAIN)​.​

But it appears that the decision to hold sessions on those dates is yet to be final, as Pimentel said there are certain issues that they have to also to consider.

“We agreed that we have to hold session during those days. We have to solve the transport (transportation) issues and security concerns during those days. If we can solve them, then tuloy ang sessions during those holidays,” he said.