Philippine Daily Inquirer – 15th Congress opens second regular session
By Isa Avendaño, Maila Ager | Philippine Daily Inquirer
MANILA, Philippines – The 15th Congress opened its second regular session, hours before President Benigno Aquino III will deliver his second State of the Nation Address Monday.
Senator Juan Ponce Enrile and Speaker Feliciano Belmonte banged their gavels at exactly 10 a.m.
Aside from Enrile, present at the Senate were Panfilo Lacson, Gregorio Honasan, Loren Legarda, Antonio Trillanes IV, Vicente Sotto III, Manny Villar , Edgrado Angara, Juan Miguel Zubiri, Teofisto Gungona III, Sergio Osmena III, Franklin Drilon, Francis “Chiz” Escudero,Joker Arroyo Senate Pro Tempore Jose Jinggoy Estrada, Ferdinand “Bong-Bong” Marcos, Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Ralph Recto, and Lito Lapid.
Elections chairman Sixto Brillantes, former senators Heherson Alvarez and Santanina Rasul, and member of the diplomatic corps also attended the opening of the session in the Senate.