Senate not spared from brownout

Published June 1, 2021, 5:23 PM

by Mario Casayuran

Senators attending the hybrid plenary session of the Senate were not spared from the electrical brownouts that hit Luzon today.

The session started at 3 p.m. but Senate Majority Leader interrupted the interpellation phase in lawmaking at 3:38 p.m. to say that some of their colleagues in virtual attendance or video conferencing were cut off by the brownout in Metro Manila.

One of them was Senate Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon who called up because electric power in their neighborhood was cut off.

The plenary session went on as usual for those physically present or those whose are on-line in areas in the metropolitan area not affected by power shutdowns.

Zubiri said the Senate has to reschedule the day for debate or interpellation on bills that were affected by the brownout.

Senator Christopher ‘’Bong’’ Go said he would talk to President Duterte so that he could talk to Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi for assurance that there should be no more brownouts since COVID-19 vaccines need refrigeration.