Unlike the House of Representatives that’s working at breakneck speed to give President Benigno Aquino III emergency powers as soon as possible, the Senate sees no reason to rush the approval of the Chief Executive’s request.
Senate Energy panel chair Senator Sergio Osmeña III said there will be no hearings for the meantime on the proposed joint resolution giving Aquino emergency powers since the upper chamber is focused on the passage of the 2015 national budget.
“There are instructions already from the Senate President’s office that there should be no hearings (on emergency powers) until the national budget is approved,” he said.
Noting that granting special powers to Aquino is a “complicated” process, Osmeña said it’s uncertain if the Senate can pass the joint resolution before the end of 2014.
The President had asked Congress for an expanded authority to establish additional power generating capacity to address the looming power crisis in Luzon next year.
“Maybe not, but I don’t know because we stil have about two to three weeks in December,” he said.
Congress will go on Christmas break beginning December 20 until January 18, 2015.