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House skips Wednesday session to disinfect Batasan complex

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The House of Representatives announced Tuesday that it had suspended session this week until Monday, August 17, “in response to clamor from House employees” amid an upsurge in Covid-19 cases in Metro Manila.

Some 40 House members or employees have tested positive for the coronavirus, including Senior Citizens party-list Rep. Francisco Datol Jr., who died of Covid-19 on Monday.

“The session break will give ample time for a thorough disinfection of all offices and facilities in the House of Representatives and give employees a brief respite from the aggravation caused by the spike in Covid cases,” Majority Leader Martin Romualdez said.

He said the House leadership decided on the suspension of Wednesday’s session only after the chamber approved on third and final reading the “Bayanihan to Recover as One Bill” and four other national bills which are part of the government’s COVID response measures.

“The session break will also enable the various committees of the House of Representative to fast-track the reporting out of all Covid-related measures for plenary consideration when we resume session,” Romualdez said.

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