BREAKING NEWS3 July 2009
Senate President Juan Ponce-Enrile confirmed today that an employee of the Senate Economic Planning Office is the first confirmed case of H1N1 infection in the Philippine Senate.
Senator Enrile said that the Senate will remain open in spite of this development. I've been to the Senate several times during the past month and there are no thermal scanners installed and no one conducts temperature checks of staff and visitors with hand-held thermometers. I believe that is going to change.
There is now more reason than ever for the Senate Health Committee headed by Senator Loren Legarda to conduct a full-blown hearing on the issue of H1N1. The menace is right within their home.