Sotto: Senate session to resume on May 4

SENATE President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III on Saturday stressed that session resumes on May 4, whether or not the executive department will lift the Enhanced Community Quarantine due to COVID19 pandemic.

Sotto explained that they can never change the legislative calendar, meaning they need to convene session on May 4.

"'Yung legislative calendar, hindi pwedeng baguhin kahit na mag-extend ang executive department o sabihin ng Pangulo dapat iextend ang ECQ para safe pa, ang legislative calendar natin hindi pwedeng baguhin we have to convene on May 4," said Sotto.

"Trabaho ko yun (mag-convene), mag-isa man ako, I'm sure marami sa amin makaka-attend, ikoconvene ko yun," he added.

In the event that a total lockdown will be implemented, Sotto said they can convene but will also suspend immediately.

"Kung sabihin ng Pangulo na total lockdown, magko-convene pa rin kami tapos magsu-suspend lang para anytime pwedeng magpatawag," he further said.

Meanwhile, Senator Panfilo "Ping" Lacson has a different view on the matter.

Lacson said they can extend their break and resume session once the ECQ is lifted.

"May mungkahi na pag lockdown pa rin tayo at ganito pa rin situation at mataas ang health risk baka baguhin ang legislative calendar," Lacson said.

"Pero pagbalik namin ng May magsi-sine die kami ng June. So mga 1 buwan lang yan, so pwede mag-comply kami na mag-sine die kami, pwede i-extend ang session break,"he added.