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Several Senators Return to Session at 9:00pm, Won Pat Not Present

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - Minutes before 9:00pm Saturday evening, lawmakers went back into session.


Present were:
Sen. Tina Muna Barnes
Sen. Tom Ada
Sen. Tony Ada
Sen. Michael Limtiaco
Sen. Michael San Nicolas
Sen. Brant McCreadie
Sen. Rory Respicio
Sen. Dennis Rodriguez,Jr.
Sen. Aline Yamashita

Absent were:
Speaker Judi Won Pat
Vice Speaker BJ Cruz
Sen. Ben Pangelinan
Sen. Tommy Morrison
Sen. Chris Duenas
Sen. Frank Aguon,Jr.

It was just after 7:30pm Saturday, Speaker Won Pat recessed session until Monday, July 7th despite an objection by Senator Rory Respicio. About an hour and a half later session resumed with the 9 senators present. The 9 senators present voted to undue Speaker Won Pat's earlier call for recess until next month and instead voted to recess session until this Monday at nine o'clock in the morning.

Majority Leader Sen. Rory Respicio explained why they were there. He said there was a sua sponte attempt by the chair (Sen. Won Pat) to recess the Legislature to July 1st despite several objections. He said the presiding officer did not recognize the objections. Respicio added that there were nine Senators there staying till 9:00pm because they do not want to be forced to "work under a jungle rules type of environment and want the rules to be followed," he added this was unprecedented.

 

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