Senate suspends session as Congress goes on 2-week break during ECQ


THE Senate ended its session Wednesday night for a two-week break in consideration of the health risks and mobility restrictions of its employees when the National Capital Region Plus is placed under Enhanced Community Quarantine from Aug. 6-20.

The Senate did not formally adjourn, but instead suspended plenary proceedings until Aug. 23, leaving the senators an option to readily reconvene if there is urgent legislative business, Senate President Vicente Sotto III explained.

The Senate leader pointed out the suspension of session starting Wednesday night was timed to coincide with the effectivity of the Palace-imposed ECQ to minimize risk of infection from Covid-19, which is believed fueled by the so-called “Delta variant.”

At the same time, Sotto gave assurances that committees can also proceed to hold hearings during the plenary recess.

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