Some lawmakers have been locked out of the plenary corridor Tuesday (July 25) as leaders of the House of Representatives began the implementation of its new roll call policy.
Under a memorandum issued by Majority Floor Leader Rodolfo Farinas dated May 22, the roll will instantly be referred to as after four p.m.
The doorways of the session corridor shall be locked whereas the roll call is ongoing and can solely be opened afterwards.
Politikos who seem after the roll call shall be marked absent, besides if they’re deemed current underneath Section 71 of the House guidelines.
While some lawmakers have been noticed locked out of the plenary on the House’s first actual day of work after the State of the Nation Address, it was unclear in the event that they have been marked absent or deemed current.
Rule 71 states lawmaker is deemed current if she or he is attending a committee assembly whereas the session is ongoing, or is at a gathering of the Commission on Appointments, House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal and the Bicameral Conference Committees.
Members who’re on official mission as accepted by the Speaker are additionally deemed current.
Farinas put the policy in place to make sure a quorum and latecomers won’t be allowed contained in the plenary corridor whereas the roll call is happening.