Tension grips Lower House on last session day over quorum

MANILA, Feb. 3 — Tension gripped the House of Representatives on its last session day on Wednesday due to lack of quorum.

With only 91 members in the session hall who answered the roll call, the presiding officer, House Deputy Speaker and Ilocos Sur Rep. Eric Singson, ordered the adjournment of the session.

House rules dictate that in the absence of a quorum, the session must be adjourned immediately. And the required number to constitute a quorum is 135.

However, Pangasinan Rep. Mark Cojuangco questioned the announcement of the secretary general, saying that in his count, there were 138 congressmen present.

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