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Mahirap makwestyon! Tito Sotto to attend Senate sessions even if teleconferencing proposal is OK’d

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Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III will be physically present at the Senate to preside over sessions even if senators pass a resolution allowing it to be held via teleconferencing.

Sotto said Saturday (May 2) that he wants to play it safe and ensure there will be a quorum at the Senate when they pass key bills.

“Para sigurado ako na walang wise guy na balang araw, pag may ipasa kaming controversial ay kukwestiyunin sa Supreme Court na mali ang pagkapasa namin dahil wala sa batas or wala sa rules namin yung ginawa naming pagpasa,” he said in a radio interview.

Fifteen senators led by Sotto have filed a resolution to amend Senate rules to allow the conduct of sessions and committee hearings via teleconferencing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sotto said he’s certain that the resolution will be approved when sessions resume on May 4, with a few changes.

To minimize the risk of catching COVID-19, Sotto said senators will only be allowed to bring only one staff member to the Senate. Only a skeleton workforce will be at the building.

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