Philippine Star - Senate resumes session despite heavy rains by Christina Mendez

With 13 senators mustering a quorum, the Senate went to work as usual yesterday despite the heavy monsoon rains that have battered Metro Manila and nearby regions over the last few days.

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile stressed the Senate has to work despite the heavy rains and massive flooding in the metropolis.

Enrile did not order the suspension of work at the Senate on Wednesday, although employees who could not report for work were excused. 

The Senate, however, postponed the public hearings, scheduled in the morning, of the Senate committee on finance on the budget of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and for the Office of the President, Presidential Legislative Liason Office and the Presidential Management Staff.

“We have to attend to pending matters that we have. We should show to the people that in spite of calamities, we as leaders will have to go through the flood to serve them,” Enrile said.

The other senators who attended the session were Senate President Pro-Tempore Jinggoy Estrada, Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III, and Senators Panfilo Lacson, Loren Legarda, Franklin Drilon, Gregorio Honasan, Joker Arroyo, Lito Lapid, Francis Escudero, Antonio Trillanes IV, Bong Revilla, and Sergio Osmeña III.

But after a few minutes, the Senate decided to adjourn the session since Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. was not around for the interpellations on the act providing for the reapportionment of the lone district of the province of Aklan.