By Vanne Elaine Terrazola
The Senate committee of the whole has decided to reschedule its inquiry into the COVID-19 situation in the country to May 18.
From May 11, the hearing was moved a week later due to the request of the executive branch.
“The executive department requested for a postponement because they will be very busy in the next few days to convene and present to the President the updates and reports for the President’s decision before the 15th (of May),” Senate President Vicente Sotto III said in a text message Thursday.
Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto, who pushed for the inquiry, said that Cabinet officials would also have to prepare for the briefing with senators.
Members of the Upper Chamber on Wednesday agreed to constitute the committee of the whole to seek updates on the government’s COVID-19 response and its plans to address its economic impacts.
Due to persisting threats of COVID-19, Metro Manila and other high-risk areas in the country remain under the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) until May 15.
Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri said they were informed that President Duterte will announce his decision whether or not to ease the ECQ on May 13.