No more Senate session on Nov 13-15
Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III has decided to scrap its earlier plans of proceeding with the scheduled resumption of regular sessions on Nov. 13.
“Security measures will be too tight, hence, better that the entire Senate cooperates with our security authorities,” he said in a text message to reporters, announcing that there will be “no more sessions from Nov. 13 to 15.”
Malacanang has declared the said dates on 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.
Some areas near the Senate building located inside the PICC Complex in Pasay City will affected by the lockdown routes prompting the upper chamber leader to defer the resumption of regular sessions.
In the light of this, plenary debates scheduled on the said dates on the proposed Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Act (TRAIN) will have to be adjusted as well.
“(There will be a) new schedule (and) I am still working on it together with Majority Leader Sen. (Vicente) Sotto III),” Pimentel said in a text message to reporters.
It remains to be unclear if senators will hold plenary sessions on Nov. 16 and 17.
Based on the schedule of bills to be tackled, they plan to tackle the proposed 2016 budget on Nov. 16 and 17, so as not to waste their time due to the numerous holidays ahead.
Earlier, Pimentel said it will be business as usual for the Senate on Nov. 13 to 15, unlike in the House of Representatives where the resumption of regular sessions was moved to Nov. 20.