Senate suspends work, session due to typhoon

Published November 12, 2020, 11:30 AM

by Vanne Elaine Terrazola

The Senate suspended work and session due to typhoon “Ulysses” Thursday.


Senate President Vicente Sotto III said he has also decided to suspend their budget deliberations until Monday.

Citing a report from Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Rene Samonte, Sotto said there was no power in their entire building in Pasay City after a transformer exploded thrice as Ulysses brought strong winds and heavy rains to the country Wednesday night.

Samonte told Sotto that they were having difficulties contacting the Manila Electric Co. about the power outage. Wi-Fi and phone lines are also down.

Senate hearings and meetings have also been postponed “until further notice,” said Senate Secretary Myra Villarica.

Last Wednesday, senators were forced to cut short their plenary debates on the P4.5-trillion proposed 2021 budget  due to the threat of the weather disturbance.

Malacañang had also suspended work in government offices and classes in public schools in Regions 2, 3, Cordillera Administrative Region, 4-A (Calabarzon), 4-B (Mimaropa), Bicol, and Metro Manila.

But before its suspension, the Senate submitted for amendments the proposed budgets of the Office of the President, the Office of the Vice President,  some of the attached agencies of the Department of Labor and Employment and the Department of Science and Technology; and several other government agencies, corporations, as well as state universities and colleges, except for the University the Philippines system.