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Historic first: Phillippine Congress holds first online emergency session tomorrow to vote on Bayanihan Bill

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BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – The 18th Congress will hold a special virtual session tomorrow to discuss granting the president authority to decide on what measures to take to contain the spread of the COVID19 here as infections and mortality continue to mount.

What Congress would look like tomorrow. | Photo from Greg Gasataya Facebook page
What Congress would look like tomorrow. | Photo from Greg Gasataya Facebook page

Lone district Cong. Greg Gasataya told DNX solons from more than 300 political districts and partylists will gather online in a virtual session that will authorize President Duterte to exercise powers necessary to carry out urgent measures to meet the current national emergency relating to COVID-19; and

enough leeway to utilize funds to strengthen government’s response against threat of COVID-19 and to continue providing basic services to the people.

Bacolod lone district Congressman Greg G. Gasataya. | DNX file photo
Bacolod lone district Congressman Greg G. Gasataya. | DNX file photo
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Gasataya said the measure that will contain these is tentatively called “Bayanihan Bill.”

House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano will be inside the House session hall while the other solons will be joining the deliberations via online using an app downloaded to their smartphones.

The change is due to the need for social distancing, a step taken to avoid mass gatherings that carry the potential of spreading the virus.

The proceedings will be streamed live on Congress’ YouTube channel and social media pages.

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Julius D. Mariveles
An amateur cook who has a mean version of humba, the author has recently tried to make mole negra, the Mexican sauce he learned by watching shows of master chef Rick Bayless. A journalist since 19, he has worked in the newsrooms of radio, local papers, and Manila-based news organizations. A stroke survivor, he now serves as executive editor of DNX.

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