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Cayetano move to suspend session unconstitutional- Panelo 


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Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo on Sunday said the move of the House of Representatives to suspend session was unconstitutional.

On October 6, the leadership of Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano suspended session, 10 days earlier than October 16, the date Congress is supposed to adjourn.

The move occurred a week before the anticipated showdown between Cayetano and Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco over the speakership.

During his program Counterpoint, Panelo said the House of Representatives should not suspend session for more than three days without the approval of the Senate.

He cited Article VI Section 16 of the 1987 Constitution which states that “neither House during the sessions of the Congress shall, without the consent of the other, adjourn for more than three days, nor to any other place than that in which the two Houses shall be sitting.”



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